The first of three Bellator MMA Season 9 tournament crowns was decided in tonight’s second Bellator 107 Spike TV main card fight as middleweight Mikkel Parlo and Brennan Ward faced off. After a two round battle, the $100,000 prize and middleweight title shot would go to the “Irish Bad Boy.”
Ward Stops Parlo
Brennan Ward would punch his ticket to a title shot and $100K with a second round finish of Mikkel Parlo. Ward would recover from a lackadaisical opening round to get the stoppage after connecting with a stiff strike in the second. Ward quickly swarmed with hard strikes that secured him a finish along the cage.
Ward is now the Season 9 middleweight tournament champion and will face the winner of Bellator 109’s title fight between champion Alexander Shlemenko and Doug Marshall sometime in 2014.
Rd. 1- No touch of glove. Hard strikes landed by Parlo so far. Ward with a takedown attempt but it’s not there, he lands nice strkes on the exit. Ward twice tries to use a hip toss but Parlo stops both and lands a nice knee too. Parlo is working in the clinch and Ward tries to step over into a hip toss but misses it yet again. Parlo tries a takedown and doesn’t get it but he lands a knee on the way up. Ward finally works off the cage and we’re centered. Parlo with a nice combo and Ward responds. Ward tries a double but he shoots from way too far out and it is easily stopped. Nasty legkick by Parlo connects hard. Ward again tries a takedown but it’s way too far away. Parlo again forces the clinch shortly before the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Parlo.
Rd. 2- Parlo with more outside legkicks. Nice left by Parlo but Ward lands a counter combo. Jab to the body by Ward. Parlo with a combo that’s finally stopped by a Ward counter. Hard straight from Ward drops Parlo and Ward tries a hip toss but Parlo stops it. Ward with vicious uppercuts to the body now and Parlo throws an uppercut that glances off and Ward forces him to the cage. Ward lands some more hard shots and Parlo covers up. The referee sees enough and steps in as Parlo protests.
Brennan Ward def. Mikkel Parlo via TKO (strikes) at 1:39 of Round 2