For the third time in three months, the 23-year-old Brazilian put on a standout performance on one of the company's bills, this time stopping Scott Heckman in the second round of their 147-pound contest at Bellator 49 at Caesars Atlantic City.
In the opening round, the former East Stroudsburg University wrestler took the Brazilian to the mat on occasion, but couldn't hold him there and was soundly outstruck on the feet by the Sao Paulo native's .
“He couldn't take me down. The strategy was exactly what happened in the fight,” Bezerra told following the bout. “He would get tired trying to take me down, and when he got tired, I would go for it and take him down. That was the gameplan. I wasn't going to let him go.”
In the second, Bezerra did exactly that. He dispensed with striking, slamming Heckman to the ground, taking his back and tearing into him with heavy punches until refereeGasper Oliver was forced to rescue the Bangor, Penn., fighter 98 seconds into the round.
Bezerra, who resides in Elkins Park, N.J., moves to 11-1 with the win, with his last three victories coming inside the Bellator cage.