A packed crowd at Dublin’s 3Arena including Love Island star Josh Denzel, UFC’s Dean Barry and legend Conor McGregor were in attendance for a night of high-level fights.
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Gegard Mousasi brutally stopped Austin Vanderford within minutes tonight at Bellator 275 at Dublin’s 3Arena.
And they enjoyed an exciting night of competition with a host of homegrown names with a hint of international flavour.
Mousasi drove the crowd with his ‘Sweet Caroline’ prelude – but there was nothing fancy about what he did to Vanderford for the next two minutes.
The iconic Dutch middleweight champion defended his title in style by beating the undefeated American within minutes of the first round.
Vanderford just couldn’t seem to cope with Mousasi’s might, and when he finally fired a knockdown that could have changed the battle, the outcome was inevitable.
Mousasi neutralized his effort with ease before firing his shot, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.
A classic all-Irish co-main event saw the historic encounter of Leah McCourt and Sinead Kavanagh placed 4th and 5th, with no woman disappointed in the three-round competition.
McCourt pulled famed amateur boxer Kavanagh to the ground early, and appeared to take advantage of her superior grappling.
But Kavanagh, better known for her stance pedigree, turned the tables and nearly submitted herself at the end of the round.
The fight ended up returning to normal, with McCourt enduring a gruesome attempt at submission that might have been witnessed multiple times.
But Kavanagh ultimately made the decision, much to McGregor’s delight as the man carried her into the backstage area.
The rowdy crowd in Dublin, fresh from Drogheda’s stunning win from the back of Ciaran Clarke, gave their all for the historic showdown between two of Europe’s best female boxers.
And they were stunned when Kavanagh took out McCourt by second, even though she couldn’t do much with her considerable amount of control.
An animated McGregor cheers from the sidelines as someone who is mostly off duty for Kavanagh, whom he has trained for most of her career.
But McCourt was the one to finish the round in top position after managing to bounce back again from a close finish to take over after seemingly injuring Kavanagh with a kick from her back. .
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Kavanagh’s knee was clearly causing problems in the third round as she struggled to keep up with her striking rhythm, with McCourt taking advantage through foot kicks and ultimately bringing the game down to the level. hers.
McGregor attended from the first ring the fascination of watching close friend Lee Hammond make his big show debut before Brit Jamie Hay.
And Hammond quickly knocked out the Manchester-born player with a brutal first-round TKO, prompting the UFC icon to enter the cage to celebrate.
Then it was an unsuccessful start to the night for hometown talent, with Nathan Kelly, Darragh Kelly and Clarke all winning, while Danni McCormack and Brian Moore were defeated.
Adopted Irishman Daniele Scatizzi also failed to win, while the standout moment before that was a malicious KO by England veteran Charlie Leary of Davy Gallon.
Bellator will return to Europe with shows in London and Paris this May.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/bellator-dublin-mousasi-vanderford-result-26334628 Gegard Mousasi beat Austin Vanderford to retain the Bellator middleweight belt