Bellator 204 turned out to be an event dominated by TKOs last night, with only 2 of the 13 fights on the card going to decision. From the start of the prelims to the main event, it was just one TKO after another, which made for an exciting night of fights.
In the main event, bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell(13-1 MMA) kept the non-title fight with Noad Lahat(12-4 MMA) on the ground, where he controlled the fight until midway through the second round when he changed positions to the back of Lahat and landed shot after shot until the referee stepped in and called the fight.
Caldwell, who is currently on a four-fight win streak, took time out post fight to issue yet another callout to featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Friere.
Welterweight Logan Storley(9-0 MMA) dominated A.J. Mattews(9-8 MMA) for almost two solid rounds before getting the stoppage win. Storley, who is a four-time Division I All-American wrestler, took Matthews down at will and suffocated him for the duration of the fight,finishing Matthews with some good old fashioned ground and pound late in the second round.
The bantamweight bout between Ricky Bandejas and James Gallagher provided one the most exciting KOs of the night. Gallagher(7-1 MMA) returned to the cage after 14 months off and seemed eager to make his bantamweight debut as he got all up in Ricky Bandejas’ face talking trash before the fight.
As it turns out, Gallagher may have been too overconfident and totally underestimated Bandejas, who destroyed Gallagher midway through the first round. After landing a right hand that dropped Gallagher, Bandejas blasted Gallagher with a side kick to the face that dropped him, allowing Bandejas to swoop in and rain down shots to get the win.
Bandejas, who was clearly disrepected before the fight, returned the favor to Gallagher post-fight by shouting at him while he was still down on the mat.