A new heavyweight contender emerged Sunday night in Nova Scotia, and Richard Mann is back to break down his fight, and the rest of the stats from the card.
Fantasy AnalysisSaint Preux has had a rough stretch of late, dropping three fights in a row, most recently to newcomer Volkan Oezdemir. He'll get to try and bounce back against a younger (31), Brazilian opponent in Rogerio De Lima, who has gone 2-2 in his last four bouts with the UFC. He'll have the home crowd behind him in Nashville, as Saint Preux hails from Knocksville and attended school at the University of Tennessee.
Fantasy AnalysisMcDermott took this fight just weeks after officially retiring, as Bellator could not afford to have its main event cancelled two weeks in a row as a result of late pullouts. The 39-year-old actually acquitted himself well in the first round, dropping McGeary with a straight right hand, but the former champion went to work thereafter, roughing his opponent up with jabs and kicks. McDermott's brawling style is probably the reason he was given the call on such short notice, but it was unlikely that he would be able to survive an extended fight with McGeary with just three days to prepare. If McDermott decides to hang up the gloves once again, he will leave MMA having compiled a 7-5 professional record dating back to 2013.
Fantasy AnalysisMcGeary didn't seem too interested in playing defense Friday, which resulted in the former light heavyweight champ being dropped with a straight punch in Round 1. He was able to rebound quickly, however, busting McDermott up with jabs and kicks prior to the stoppage. McGeary was clearly looking to make a statement after losing his strap and his undefeated record to Phil Davis in November, and was able to do so against his third scheduled opponent, following pullouts by Chris Fields and Vladimir Filipovic. It was announced after the fight that McGeary, who is now 12-1 with 11 stoppages in his MMA career, will fight Linton Vassell on May 19th in London.
Fantasy AnalysisMedvedovsky didn't put up a strong showing Friday, as he was taken to the ground early before giving up his back and succumbing to the rear-naked choke. After beginning his MMA career on a six-fight winning streak, Medvedovsky has now lost four of his last five contests, including his only two in Bellator. At 24-years-old, Medvedosky may stick around for one more fight, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was handed his walking papers following the loss.
Fantasy AnalysisGallagher closed the distance and wrestled Medvedovsky to the ground early, landing big shots from back mount before closing the show with the RNC. The highlight of the evening may have come in the post-fight interview, where Gallagher called out fellow undefeated featherweight A.J. McKee for the London card in May. Gallagher has shown he is not to be trifled with on the ground in his professional MMA career, finishing five of his six victories by submission.
Fantasy AnalysisFletcher looked good early, catching a kick and landing a shot squarely on Lohore's jaw to drop him in Round 1. Fletcher showed an extremely active guard in the fight, but that didn't stop Lohore from repeatedly going to the ground, where he ultimately was able to finish with the RNC. Fletcher got the call to Bellator despite going 2-3 in his previous five fights, which may speak to the promotion's lack of roster depth more than anything else. The MMA veteran's record drops to 13-8 as a result of the loss.
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