We are back at The Forum in Inglewood for Bellator and we have Gabriel Green fighting in the show. It's one day shy of a year since his last fight in Bellator in the exact arena where he got KOed by Jalin Turner. This is his redemption fight!
The card also had Marlen Magee and Noah Tillis who both cross-train with us as well as Mike Segura from Adam Lynn's Subfighter.
First up was Marlen Magee. He normally fights at lightweight, but Bellator offered him a welterweight fight and he took it. His opponent used his wrestling and size to keep Marlen on his back for the majority of round 1. Marlen had his moments near the end of the round after reversing his opponent into his back, but Marlen looked worn out from carrying his opponents weight and wasn't able to pull the trigger enough to try and finish. Round 2 had more of the same of how round 1 started, except this time Marlen's opponent took his back and finished him with an RNC.
Next up was Mike Segura. I didn't really get to watch much of this fight as Noah was the very next fight and was getting warmed up. I just know that I looked at the monitor at some point in the 2nd round and saw that Mike tapped out to an RNC.
Then third up was Noah Tillis. He fought Gabe's opponent from the previous year, Jalin Turner. The plan was to be aggressive with the takedowns as Jalin is a tall lanky striker with KO power and Noah is a BJJ black belt. Noah landed a right hand immediately in the first round and opted to not go for the takedown. Jalin ended up getting the better of the striking exchange over the next minute and ended up rocking Noah dropping him back into the cage. Jalin followed up with strikes for the ref stoppage TKO in the 1st.
0-3 for the night is not looking good, but our fighter — Gabe — has yet to fight!
Gabe fought Chris Padilla, who was 9-3 going into the fight. Gabe's plan was the same as always — use lots of movement on the feet, keep the strikes flowing, keep up a pace that will push his opponent's cardio and look for any takedowns that open up.The first round was back and forth on the feet. Gabe stuffed a couple of takedowns and definitely landed more strikes, but Chris landed a few clean blows to Gabe's eye while trapping his arm on the cage. You could see that Chris was starting to slow and Gabe was getting more and more into his own rhythm. In the second round, Gabe turned up the strikes as he felt Chris' power was not there anymore. Gabe landed a double leg off the cage around the halfway point of round 2 and ended up taking the back and securing a body triangle. From here, Gabe starter attacking the RNC and Chris would eventually go limp, causing the ref to stop the fight in Gabe's fifth (I think) win by RNC in his career.
Next up, NABJJF All Americas Tournament tomorrow and Bellator 193 next week!