After DeAnna Bennett missed weight for her Bellator 294 predominant occasion with ladies’s flyweight champion Liz Carmouche, the titleholder made it clear she wished at hand out some punishment. Carmouche was removed from dominant however was in a position to rating a fourth-round arm-triangle choke to retain her title.
The struggle was the second assembly between Bennett and Carmouche, with the pair having met in September 2020. Bennett had additionally missed weight for that contest and was completed by a third-round rear-naked choke. For Friday’s rematch, Bennett’s weight miss meant she couldn’t win the title but additionally that Carmouche would lose the belt if Bennett managed to attain the win.
Bennett had a powerful begin, scoring a takedown early within the first spherical and sustaining high place till the tip of the body. While Carmouche had extra success on the ft within the second spherical, Bennett once more had a number of moments the place she was in management on the bottom.
That template would proceed to be adopted, with Carmouche successful nearly each putting alternate, touchdown the more durable punches, however Bennett persevering with to seek out methods to get inside, rating takedowns and maintain place on the bottom.
Things lastly flipped in Round 4, with Carmouche in a position to efficiently defend a takedown and lock up a crucifix to first land elbows earlier than finally transferring to mount. Once in mount, Carmouche slowly labored her means into the arm-triangle earlier than slowly rising the strain till Bennett was pressured to faucet out.
After the struggle, Carmouche pointed to Bennett not needing to totally minimize weight for the struggle as to why she got here out so robust, however that she merely wanted to attend for Bennett’s gasoline tank to start to fail to take the struggle over.
With the win, Carmouche stays undefeated within the Bellator cage and has now made two profitable defenses of her championship.
Bennett is now 3-2 in Bellator, each losses coming towards Carmouche. She has missed weight for 3 of her 5 bouts, resulting in questions of the place she goes following the loss.
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