The Worst Bellator Beatdowns
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While this article could probably stretch vast literary expanses, I’m going to keep things simple and highlight the ugliest, most vicious beatdowns in Bellator’s history that leap directly to my mind.
While you won’t see every Hector Lombard finish featured, or ever Pat Curran destruction on display, you’ll get the best of both, and much more.
Check out eight of Bellator’s nastiest beatings.
Mann vs. Schindler (Bellator 46)
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Adam Schindler had absolutely no business stepping into a cage to oppose the athletic and powerful Ronnie Mann.
From the jump, Mann utilized crisp strikes and fluid mobility to keep Adam befuddled, and long before the conclusion of the first Round, the Englishman took complete control of the fight. A big knockdown led to a flurry of punches that rendered Schindler helpless in one of the promotion’s biggest mismatches to date.
Pecanha vs. Stinson (Bellator 22)
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This fight was absolutely chaotic. How a fight that lasts a mere 1:42 could linger in a fan's mind is practically beyond me. But I remember this one pretty well.
The fight resembled a tornado, and Stinson walked out from the eye of the storm with his hand raised after a wily affair.
A truly exciting beating that should be revisited if you’ve forgotten it!
Vasilevsky vs. O'Donnell (Bellator 61)
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For a Round, it looked as though Victor O'Donnell was going to give Vyacheslav Vasilevsky a serious fight. Then the bell signaling the launch of Round 2 sounded, and any idea of competitiveness went flying out of the cage.
Vasilevsky took complete and utter control of the fight. He floored O’Donnell early, and pounced with the ferocity of a wolf who hasn’t eaten in two weeks. The Russian teed off on Victor’s head and refused to slow his attack.
For five minutes straight, the man was mauled.
As for the next five minutes, it looked similar, with Vasilevsky pounding away while vertical and dishing out heaping handfuls of punishment on the mat.
How O’Donnell survived one of the most lopsided fights in Bellator history is beyond me. He must have eaten a few hundred punches in fifteen minutes!
Lombard vs. Goodman (Bellator 24)
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This fight was just an embarrassment.
Much like the Mann/Schindler bout, Hector Lombard versus Herbert Goodman was such a mismatch that I hope someone at Bellator compensated Goodman backstage. The man should have been as far from Lombard as possible.
Instead the two met in the middle of the cage, and a series of hellacious hooks from Lombard had Goodman flailing about, bouncing off the canvas before the lights were rendered fully expired.
I never followed up on Goodman’s condition, but I hope he was okay after that beating.
Spiritwolf vs. Jara (Bellator 35)
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This was actually a relatively competitive battle. The battle-tested Jaime Jara showed up to fight, and Waachiim Spiritwolf didn’t show up with the intent of rolling over for anyone.
Having noted that, understand this one makes the list not on one-sided dominance, but on the fact that it was an absolute war, through and through.
Of course if you watched this, you probably figured Spiritwolf was easily sweeping the score cards: Jara was a walking mask of crimson.
Just take a look at that post-fight face!
Saunders vs. Lee (Bellator 39)
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Matt Lee welcomed UFC castaway Ben Saunders to the Bellator cage in 2011, and it was one of the worse things he possibly could have done.
Ben Saunders looked like a Muay Thai guru as he dominated Matt Lee is stomach-turning fashion. “Killa B” battered the longtime veteran from pillar-to-post, cage-section-to-cage-section for two and a half unsettling Rounds.
I’d typically say something along the lines of, "his pride probably hurt worse than anything," but I don’t think that’s true in this case.
Lombard vs. Hess (Bellator 12)
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What made this absolute thrashing so aesthetically magnetic, while simultaneously nauseating, was the fact that Jared Hess was able to withstand the destruction that Lombard issued.
Jared is a fine athlete, and prior to his grotesque knee-injury at Bellator 20, I think it was safe to label him a fine prospect and star in the making. But before the knee debacle ever occurred, he ran into the might of “Lightning” who showed him what elite competition was.
Lombard mauled Hess and shut down every offensive facet of his game as he methodically beat on him for more than three Rounds. At 1:41 of Round 4, the referee intervened and saved the bloody Hess from any further unnecessary beating.
That was a fight for the history books there!
Curran vs. Warren (Bellator 60)
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Joe Warren was looking successful in thwarting Pat Curran’s attack for about a round. Then the gas tank slowly edged toward E, and Pat’s size and strength enabled him to take over the fight.
Time and again Curran found success in stuffing Warren’s shots, and time and again his sheer power enabled him to shrug off the standout wrestler with ease.
Heading into Round 3, things weren’t looking good for a fading Warren. A minute later, they looked even worse.
Curran hurt Joe with a huge punch that had him bouncing off the cage, and while the referee (Jeff Malott who, all due respect, might want to look into another line of employment) stood by idle, Curran unleashed one of the most devastating combinations the sport has ever seen.
Countless power punches and brutal knees had Warren out on his feet, and had he not been trapped against the cage, which was inadvertently holding him up, he would have crashed to the mat 15 seconds after the onslaught began.
It was the kind of beatdown that stands to leave long-lasting effects on a fighter. Here’s hoping Joe’s okay, and able to successfully continue on with his career.
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