Cageside Report by Resolution Sports
In its final show of 2013, Bellator MMA went under the lights of Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the season nine finale, marking its first return to the state in over three years.
Lester Caslow (11-8) vs. Jay Haas (11-13)
This bout was fought entirely on the feet until the first takedown attempt occurred in the second frame, with Caslow acquiring top control. The two men then jocked for the advantage, with a late guillotine attempt from Caslow coming just before the bell concluded the action. In the third round, Caslow crumbled his opponent with a flush right hand after a lead jab, jumping into ground-and-pound until establishing back control and applying a firmly locked guillotine choke. The maneuver would be enough to earn the victory, with an official stoppage coming at 2:44 of the final stanza.
Brett Glass (2-1) vs. Brent Primus (4-0)
After an opening clinch battle alongside the cage, Primus earned an early takedown and began to work on the canvas. After switching his position a couple of times, he was able to slide into back control and apply a rear naked choke. The Portland native then positioned his forearm perfectly to cut the circulation off his opponent, forcing Glass to tap at the 3:20 mark.
Ian Rammel (5-6) vs. Bubba Jenkins (5-1)
Jenkins was committed to using his wrestling to earn this victory, and he cautiously waited for an opening to finish the fight. A quick takedown was the result early in each frame, but the Coconut Beach resident was not able to capitalize until he unleashed some ground-and-pound midway through the third stanza. From top control, he fired a straight right hand that rocked Rammel’s head off the cage floor, following up with hooks until referee Dan Miragliotta was forced to stop it at 2:38.
Saul Almeida (13-5) vs. Goiti Yamauichi (16-1)
This fight was extremely entertaining from start to finish, despite going just 2:04 into the first frame. After a bit of a clinch battle, the duo pushed off and began unloading non-stop strikes from the stand-up. Neither man was defending at all, just throwing repeated hooks with both hands. Yamauichi eventually landed a flush right hand that crumbled Almeida, immediately pouncing on him before he could recover. With the assault becoming completely one-way traffic, the action was then called to a halt, giving the Brazilian Yamauichi an electric knockout win.
Keith Bell (5-3-1) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (9-0)
Bell did some nice damage early in this one, opening a cut over the right eye of Ivanov with a flying knee while the Bulgarian was backed up to the cage. The two men then circled before Ivanov eventually used a hip toss to take it to the canvas, where he was able to finish the bout. After taking back control of Bell, he jumped into a rear naked choke, flattened out his opposition and earned the tap-out at 3:59 of the first frame to remain undefeated.
Ahsan Abdullah (5-4) vs. Mike Bannon (5-1)
Greeted by a huge avail from the Sands Casino crowd, Milford native Bannon went right to work once the opening bell started the action. About 35 seconds into the bout, he earned a quick takedown and got into the full-mount. Seeing a small opening, he then slid into side control and positioned his right arm into a firmly applied triangle choke. Abdullah tried to find a gap to continue breathing, but the pressure did not allow it. Just 1:01 into the opening stanza, Bannon emerged victorious, sending the hometown spectators into an uproar.
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