#2 David Rickles (21-5) vs. Yaroslav Amosov (21-0) (Catchweight - 175 Pounds)
Bellator veteran and the king of walkouts, David Rickles looked to extend his Bellator record of having the most fights in the promotion on a special note by handing an undefeated prospect his first loss. It wasn't going to be easy as his opponent, Yaroslav Amosav, hadn't tasted defeat in 21 professional bouts.
Round 1: Rickles shifted stances early on. Fakes and feints galore. Amosov got the first shots in. Leg kick and a straight right. Rickles tried to push forward but Amosov tried to keep him at bay with outside leg kicks.
Amosov shot for the takedown and managed to get Rickles down to the mat. Amosov used his head and shoulders to great effect to pin Rickles down while being in full guard. Amosov kept punching to the side of the body along with occasional strikes to the side of the head.
Rickles got in some offence from the bottom but Amosov was all over the Bellator veteran. He rose up and landed a few big shots. Nasty short elbows from Amosov.
Rickles got up on one foot but Amosov slammed him back to the mat. Rickles got back up with 10 seconds to go and attempted a wild flying knee as the first round came to a close. 10-9 Amosov.
Round 2: Solid combination from Amosov to begin the round. Good high kick to follow which was defended well by Rickles. Amosov easily took Rickles down yet again.
Amosov continued to dominate the positions in full guard. Rickles thought, was landed some really good strikes from the bottom. Elbows and punches from the back were good but Amosov was the man on top here as he dictated the pace.
He shifted to half guard and landed a few strikes. Back into full guard. Big overhand shots from both sides from Amosov. A massive elbow followed the overhand shots.
Amosov went into half guard and patiently worked his way into a D'arce choke. He got the arm and elbow in place and cranked Rickles' neck until the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Result: Yaroslav Amosov def. David Rickles via submission (D'arce choke) (4:02, Round 2)
Amosov handed Rickles his first submission loss. Quite a feat there for the "Dynamo", who seems like the real deal if you ask us. Striking - check. Wrestling- big check. Submission - double check! His performance and his spotless record remind us of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Maybe he is Bellator's Nurmagomedov. Anyway, moving on...
Published 25 Aug 2019, 10:29 IST