Fight 2 Win 141 marked the promotion’s third event after returning from an extended break due to Coronavirus and the fight card delivered in the best way possible. There was one children’s match followed by a couple of purple belt matches, a number of which were incredibly close decisions. After that, Teenage prodigy William Tackett pulled off one of the slickest submissions of the night so far over Troy Russell, winning the Fight 2 Win Brown Belt Middleweight No Gi title as a result.
The Co-main event then saw Edwin Najmi put a great display as he took on ex-UFC and WEC World Champion Ben Henderson. Najmi won the fight by Flying Triangle early on, expertly showing the difference between MMA fighters who compete in grappling and elite professional grapplers. In the final fight of the night, Rafael Lovato Jr. made his long awaited return to Gi competition after his recent brain condition diagnosis, by facing Arnaldo Maidana de Oliveira.
Despite only competing in BJJ five times since his run at ADCC 2017, it didn’t look like Lovato had missed a step at all. He’s been focusing on his MMA career under the Bellator banner since then and his dedication to developing his striking paid off massively as he beat Gegard Mousasi to become Bellator Middleweight Champion with a 10-0 professional record before his diagnosis forced him into an earlier retirement than he had planned. If this match was anything to go by, we should be seeing a lot more of Lovato on the competitive scene and he looks capable of another solid run at ADCC 2021.
Fight 2 Win 141 Full Results
Rafael Lovato Jr. Submits Arnaldo Maidana de Oliveira Via Submission (Choke).
(He Retains The Light Heavy Weight Championship)
Edwin Najmi Submits Ben Henderson via Submission (Flying Triangle).
Dylan Whyte defeats Jason Bright via Decision.
Jean Panqueka submits Mike Anderson via Submission (Choke).
Brown Belt Matches
Samuel Nagai submits Mario Fonseca via Submission (Armbar).
William Tackett submits Troy Russell via Submission (Top Side Triangle).
(He Becomes The Brown Belt Middleweight No Gi Champion)
Tyler Murrah Defeats Bobby Alexander via Split Decision.
(He Becomes The Masters Brown Belt Gi Champion)
Purple Belt Matches
Colton Phoenix defeats Robert Galan via Decision.
Andy Van Hook defeats Ben Krosley via Split Decision.
Edward Johnson defeats Kenny Gunter via Decision.
Tarean Byars defeats Micah Valdez via Submission (Knee Bar).
Aric Mercado defeats Dmitri Thompson via Split Decision.
Daniel Gabriel defeats Tre Hawkins via Decision.
Aaron McKenzie Submits Noah Villemarette via Submission (Ankle Lock).
Erica Snow Barnes defeats Catherine Arnold via Decision.
Hope Russell defeats Hallie Daniel via Decision.
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