This fight consisted of two former UFC fighters who are both in Bellator now. Paul Daley was kicked out of the UFC for life after a cheap shot, but he’s continued to build up his highlight reel outside of the UFC. It’s a disappointing story, he definitely had the potential to test himself against the top guys in the world at the UFC, but he’s still fighting some tough competition as Bellator continues to add more and more killers to their roster.
Near the mid point of the second round of Daley vs Larkin, the fighters were tied up along the cage with Larkin holding Daley. Larkin just missed with a big knee, which gave Daley an opening to free himself after which he went for a spinning back fist, followed up immediately by a brutal punch that had Larkin out on his feet. Daley followed it up with another shot and sealed the deal, and one or two more for good luck before the ref jumps in. Check it out:
Have you been keeping up with Bellator? Now that they’ve signed some more familiar names from the UFC, it makes it a little easier for UFC fans to make the transition. They may not have the star power to build strong cards every single month, but between their tent pole events and everything in between, they’ve been putting on some good cards and some really fun fights under Scott Coker‘s watch.
Bellator 183 also featured Aaron Pico in his second fight for the promotion, after the promising young fighter was stopped in his first bout early on. He looked a lot better, getting a KO victory of his own. It’s good to see Bellator developing their own talent, cherry picking some guys away from the UFC, and also having a roster of “legends”, older fighters who are past their primes but still have big names that fans want to see. It could really be a winning combination.