20 May 2017 | 5:09 am
There was nothing Rory MacDonald could do wrong in his Bellator debut. He was calculated with every move, leading to a dominant victory.
MacDonald, the former UFC welterweight title contender, wiped out Paul Daley, leading to a second-round submission with a rear-naked choke at Bellator 179.
MacDonald-Daley was the headliner of the Spike-televised event, which took place Friday at The SSE Arena in London.
MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) had his way with Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) on the feet and the ground before getting the much-needed victory as it was his first since October 2014.
MacDonald suffered back-to-back losses against former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson before entering the free-agent market, which ultimately resulted in “The Red King” signing with Bellator.
Linton Vassell did something that’s never been done before: He stopped Liam McGeary.
After two rounds of being in dominant top position, Vassell finally put away the former Bellator light heavyweight champion, slipping in an arm-triangle choke to get the submission at the 2:28 mark of Round 3.
Leading up to the finish, Vassell put on a takedown clinic, getting the fight down with ease in the first two rounds and displaying excellent mat control.
In the third round, it took just 30 seconds for Vassell (18-5-1, 7-2 BMMA) to take down McGeary (12-2, 9-2 BMMA) when he perfectly timed ducking under a straight right and shot in for a double-leg. From there, he went to work before picking up the big win, which marks his third straight since losing to Muhammed Lawal in 2015 at Bellator 142.
Vassell had some words after for champ Phil Davis and Ryan Bader, who meet in New York next month at Bellator 180.
“Phil Davis, Ryan Bader where you at?” Vassell said. “This is UK wrestling. Trust.”
Dan Edwards invited Alex Lohore to join him on the mat, but Lahore didn’t bite, and it proved to be a wise move.
Even though Lohore shot in and took Edwards down, Lohore didn’t fall with him. Not wanting the fight to continue down there, Lohore waited for the referee to make Edwards stand up.
It was over seconds later as Lohore (12-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) dropped Edwards (14-15, 0-1 BMMA) with a straight right to finish the fight 56 seconds into the second round for his eighth consecutive win.
Kevin Ferguson Jr. wasn’t perfect, but he got the finish anyway.
Ferguson rebounded from a failed Bellator debut last November to finish off D.J. Griffin via TKO at the 3:40 mark of the first round.
Midway through the round, Ferguson (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) found himself in an uncomfortable position, despite being on top, as Griffin’s jiu-jitsu appeared to give Slice some trouble. So Slice decided to let the fight get back to standing.
When it did, Slice stunned Griffin (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a left hook, then followed up moments later with another that dropped him. It was over soon after, with Slice raining hammerfists on Griffin to earn the stoppage.
Official Bellator 179 results include: