Bellator 190: A Night of Lightning Quick Victories and Dominant Performances

Bellator 190, held on December 9, 2017, at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, was a night of swift victories and dominant performances. The event was headlined by a middleweight title fight between Rafael Carvalho and Alessio Sakara, and it did not disappoint.

Carvalho’s Swift Defense

Rafael Carvalho, the reigning middleweight champion, defended his title against Alessio Sakara in a match that lasted just 44 seconds. Carvalho set up the finish with a knee by the cage, followed by a crushing elbow that dropped Sakara to the canvas. With this win, Carvalho improved his record to 15-1 and secured his third straight title defense. He has not lost since his pro debut in 2011.

Girtz Ends Jelcic’s Winning Streak

Also on the Bellator 190 card, lightweight standout Brandon Girtz got back in the win column. He secured a TKO finish of Croatia’s Luka Jelcic in just under two minutes, ending Jelcic’s four-fight win streak.

Lara’s Late Submission Win

In the women’s flyweight division, Alejandra Lara made a significant impact by scoring a late submission win over veteran opponent Lena Ovchynnikova. Lara submitted Ovchynnikova with a rear-naked choke at 4:09 of Round 3, marking herself as an interesting new addition to Bellator’s growing women’s flyweight division.

Miranda’s Ground Game Dominance

Carlos Miranda defeated Mihail Nica via unanimous decision, showcasing his superior ground game. Miranda nearly finished the fight with ground-and-pound on multiple occasions, but Nica fought valiantly until the final bell.

In conclusion, Bellator 190 was a night of quick finishes and dominant performances, with Rafael Carvalho’s lightning-fast title defense being the highlight of the event. The fighters showcased their skills and determination, providing an exciting spectacle for MMA fans.


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