Bellator 293, held on March 31, 2023, didn’t disappoint with its impressive roster of fights. The event, that took place in Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, Calif., saw the likes of Marcelo Golm, who fought against Daniel James in a heavyweight bout, and Leah McCourt who faced off against Cat Zingano in a women’s featherweight bout. This event was one for the books with fighters giving it their all in a series of intense matches. Not only were the fights full of action, but Bellator 293 was also one of the most talked-about MMA events in recent memory, with many fans discussing the bouts before, during, and after the fights.
The event kicked off with low kicks and a takedown by Golm in the Golm vs. James battle. James caught Golm’s high kick, slammed him down to the mat, and landed some big hits in the third round leading to the technical knockout. In the women’s featherweight bout, Zingano delivered a unanimous decision against McCourt after three intense rounds that saw both fighters traded punches and kicks, takedowns and reversals. Meanwhile, John Salter defeated Aaron Jeffery via unanimous decision in a fight that took place up against the cage. Salter didn’t let go of Jeffery and prevented him from escaping the entire round. In the last round, Jeffery needed a finish to win, but Salter didn’t give him any chance to strike back.
The night continued with Luke Trainer delivering an explosive performance against Sullivan Cauley in the light heavyweight bout. While grappling, Trainer managed to put a rear-naked choke on Cauley, which caused him to tap out. But wait, there was more! Something unexpected happened when Trainer was done fighting: he proposed to his girlfriend right in the middle of the ring, and she accepted, making the moment even sweeter.
With five bouts to go, Archie Colgan faced off against Justin Montalvo in a lightweight bout. Colgan dominated the first round with low kicks, jabs, hooks, overhand rights, and relentless takedowns. In the end, he delivered a technical knockout with a series of devastating uppercuts and ground-and-pound.
All in all, Bellator 293 was a night to remember, with so much action and loads of excitement. Watching these spectacular fights will surely make you want to catch the next major MMA event as soon as it comes around.
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