I love it when Bellator rolls into Atlantic City, because it always means slots on the undercard – and often the main card – get filled with local talent. Case in point: Bellator 59 on Saturday night, which saw Kurt Pellegrino and Phillipe Nover on the MTV2 broadcast while cats like Doug Gordon, Jesus Martinez and Chris Wing fought on the prelims. Some thoughts:
-Kurt Pellegrino got screwed big time on the referee stoppage against Patricky Freire. Freire was a bad matchup for him, and when Pellegrino went down he was definitely going to be struggling to avoid damage. But! The ref never gave him a chance to work himself out of the situation. Screw that.
-Nover got screwed even worse than Pellegrino via a split decision that he should’ve gone his way. Marcin Held was creative and entertaining with his rolling kneebar attempts and heelhooks, but Nover escaped and countered and pounded on him, bouncing the Polish fighter’s head against the canvas again and again. There’s no question Nover should’ve won that.
-Karl Amoussou just out-gunned Jesus Martinez on the feet, plain and simple. I like Martinez, too. But he and the Frenchman stood in front of each other and fired away, and it was Martinez that went down.
-LeVon Maynard never let Chris Wing set himself and never let Wing uncork his dangerous hook. I was actually shocked at how much Maynard stifled him.
-Lucas Pimenta is an absolute beast. He crushed Doug Gordon just like he crushed Bryan Danner. He deserves to be tested with one of the area’s tougher welterweights now.
-Bryan Van Artsdalen is one of the most exciting fighters around these parts that can’t defend subs.