Bellator Kickboxing returned to Budapest, Hungary for their ninth event Friday. Here are brief fight summaries for the five fights shown on the Paramount Network broadcast in the United States.
Raymond Daniels WD5 Djibril Ehouo (Retains Bellator Welterweight Title)
Daniels dominated French challenger Ehouo to retain his title. The champion’s unorthodox style, quickness, and footwork were too much for Ehouo. Daniels, a southpaw, picked off Ehouo as he marched forward and stepped around or moved out of range. Ehouo was not quick enough to counter the champion. Daniels knocked down Ehouo with a punch in the fourth round. The champion looked to land one of his trademark spinning kicks, but wasn’t able to get another knockdown or knockout. Daniels improves to 34-3. Ehouo’s record is an impressive 66-6-1.
Alexey Ignashov SD3 Dzevad Poturak (Heavyweights)
Ignashov won the rematch of K-1 veterans with his harder kicks and some solid knees. The two veterans stood in range of one another but both were cautious and picked up the pace in the final round. Poturak scored with low kicks. Ignashov worked his inside low kick early, and then worked the body kick. One judge favored the Bosnian policeman Poturak by the score of 29-28, but the other two judges awarded the bout to the “Red Scorpion” by the same margin. Ignashov, who fought for the first time in three years, improves to 86-21. Poturak is now 53-31-3.
Eder Lopes UD3 John Wayne Parr (162.5 lbs/73kg)
JWP’s bid for his 100th win was denied by some curious scoring by the bout’s judges. Parr seemed to clearly win the first round by connecting with some body kicks, as Lopes took his time to get started. The second round was closer, with Parr again connecting with body kicks but Lopes landed some solid low kicks. Lopes had a good third, connecting with some good left hooks and doing more damage with low kicks. Parr seemed to edge the fight or at least earn a draw by being busier, but all three judges voted for Lopes by scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice. A lot of Parr’s punches were blocked by Lopes’ gloves, and the Portugese fighter’s kicks did more damage. Still looked like Parr edged it however on activity. Lopes, 21, improves to 11-5. The 40-year-old Parr is now 99-33. Rematch?
Jorina Baars TKO2 Athina Evmorfia
Dutch fighter Baars once again showed why she is considered one of the best female fighters in the world with a dominant performance against an overmatched Evmorfia. After Baars started to tee off on Evmorfia in the second round after hurting her, the referee stepped in to halt the contest.
Sabriye Sengul SD3 Renata Rakoczi
Sengul is a reality TV show star in her native Turkey, according to the Bellator announcers. She has a model’s good looks and a crowd pleasing action style. Rakoczi, the hometown fighter, looked to fend off Sengul with body and leg kicks, but Sengul was able to connect with some solid punches. Rakoczi seemed to stun Sengul in the last round with a high kick and follow up punches, but she didn’t follow up enough to get a knockdown. The judges scores were 29-28 twice for Sengul, and 29-28 for Rakoczi. Some boos from the hometown crowd. Sengul improves to 13-1 with the win. Rakoczi slips to 17-5.