Heavyweight is a notoriously shallow division in blended martial arts, which means the Bellator 293 foremost occasion between Marcelo Golm and Daniel James was a battle that might earn the winner a shot on the Bellator heavyweight championship. In the conflict of massive males using four-fight profitable streaks, James was capable of land a sequence of heavy blows within the third spherical to attain a TKO within the largest combat of his profession.
James wasted little time in catching a kick and utilizing that to drive Golm into the bottom. Unfortunately for James, his grappling was lower than the duty of preserving Golm on his again, permitting Golm to get to his ft shortly. The combat became a clinch battle with each males making an attempt to put on on the opposite by discovering grappling assaults alongside the cage till the opening spherical got here to a detailed.
After touchdown a sequence of heavy leg kicks to begin Round 2, Golm was capable of safe a takedown and dominate the spherical positionally. Despite securing high place for the spherical, Golm was by no means near securing the end, which proved his undoing.
The third spherical noticed James emerge with a burst of aggression, pushing ahead with heavy punches and forcing Golm onto the again foot. Eventually, James was capable of land an enormous uppercut and arduous proper hand that put Golm on the canvas to safe the TKO victory on the 0:26 mark of the spherical.
After scoring the victory, James credited his coach with encouraging him to let his strikes go heading into the third spherical.
“He instructed me that the entire night time final night time,” James mentioned after the combat. “I simply needed to sit down and actually give it some thought. I simply had to consider our objective … the combat was going a method, I felt, and I needed to let the fingers go. I needed to consider in myself and I simply received.”
James’ win is his second within the Bellator cage and strikes him inches from a shot at Ryan Bader and the Bellator heavyweight title and he wasted little time in calling out the champion.
“You know, Bader is within the crowd,” James mentioned. “Bader is aware of I would like him. He’s a very good man. … I do know he mentioned he hasn’t been combating anyone that’s worthy and I wish to give him that shot. I’m worthy. … I would like the chance to combat Bader.”
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