Bellator 152: A Deep Dive into the Historic Italian Event

Bellator 152, held on April 16, 2016, marked a significant milestone in the history of Bellator MMA as it was the organization’s first international event. The event took place at the Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy, and was broadcasted on Spike TV. The event was a resounding success, drawing an attendance of 13,867 and a total gate of 907,758€ (approximately $1,027,536 USD).

The main event of the evening was a lightweight bout between Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Kevin Souza. Freire, known for his aggressive style, showed a more measured approach in this fight. He took advantage of the openings Souza gave him, who seemed content to let Freire land the occasional strike. This strategy paid off for Freire, who won the fight via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27 in his favor.

The co-main event featured a light heavyweight contest between Alessio Sakara and Brian Rogers. Sakara, a native of Italy, was making his Bellator debut. The first round was closely contested, with Rogers possibly edging it out by taking Sakara down and controlling him for most of the round. However, Sakara rebounded in the second round, landing a huge right hand that wobbled Rogers, followed by another right hand that sent him to the canvas. The crowd erupted as Sakara celebrated his emotional victory.

Another notable fight on the card was a featherweight bout between A.J. McKee and Danilo Belluardo. Despite the crowd’s support for Belluardo, McKee outclassed him in every way, finishing him early in the first round. McKee’s performance showed that he is a rising star in the featherweight division, although he may need a few more fights before he is ready to challenge for the title.

Bellator 152 also featured a women’s flyweight bout between Anastasia Yankova and Anjela Pink. Yankova won the fight via submission in the first round, using an armbar to secure the victory. The final fight on the main card was a welterweight bout between Daniele Scatizzi and Daniele Miceli, with Scatizzi winning via TKO in the first round.

Overall, Bellator 152 was a historic event that showcased the global appeal of Bellator MMA. The event was a testament to the growth of the organization and its ability to put on exciting fights for fans all over the world. As Bellator continues to expand internationally, fans can look forward to more thrilling events like Bellator 152 in the future.


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