Bellator Newcastle Recap on Newsome MMA
On Saturday February 9th, Bellator kicked off their brand new European Series by heading up to the North East of England and hosted their event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. Newsome MMA had coverage on fight week and media credentials on the night with MMA journalist John Sloan, which included an association with FightBook MMA.
This event recap will cover the chosen featured fight from Newsome MMA along with the usual Newsome MMA Performance Awards. There will also be a full list of the official results at the bottom of this article too.
Featured Fight: Patricky Pitbull vs Ryan Scope
This fight headlined Bellator Newcastle and developed into an extremely close fight. Patricky Pitbull [brother of Patricio Pitbull] is a Bellator veteran and a name that is very familiar in Bellator as a promotion. Pitbull is 21-8 with 14 wins via stoppage, so it’s very easy to see why he is a fan favourite amongst the Bellator MMA fans. Ryan Scope on the other hand was 11-1 coming into this fight, he was the local fighter who was fighting out of Sunderland [a neighbouring city to Newcastle] and brought a huge crowd with him on the night.
Round one of this fight started as a feeling out process with Scope trying to figure out Pitbull’s game early as starting a fight fast against a great counter-fighter like Pitbull is never a smart idea. Pitbull himself was also using the opening 90 seconds to get his timing down and clearly had a counter-striking gameplan coming into this fight. Pitbull was waiting for Scope to go first before throwing much himself. And this is what happened throughout this first round. Scope was obliging and taking the opportunities to go first but every time he got into range to strike, Patricky countered with aggressive two and three shot combinations that were landing hard on Scope and therefore pushing him back. It was quite a frustrating first round for Ryan Scope and it didn’t get much better for him when one the aggressive bursts from Pitbull ended with Scope getting rocked and subsequently dropped with a combination that finished with a knee that landed flush. Pitbull looked to capitalise on the knock down and get Scope out of there but Scope defended smartly on the ground, recovered quickly and got straight back up to his feet. Pitbull’s counter-striking gameplan allowed time for Scope to recover completely.
Round two started in the exact same way as round one ended. Pitbull was being patient and allowing Scope to come forward so he can counter everything that came his way. The first 60-90 seconds of this round Pitbull was landing the more volume which was apparent because the pace of the fight was relatively slow, with both fighters respecting the power and abilities of each other. But after the 90 second mark of this round, the volume from Pitbull decreased quite notably and Scope looked like he finally got his game down defensively and wasn’t allowing the counter-striking of Pitbull to be as prominent. It did take another 60-90 seconds for Scope to then get his game down from an offensive perspective and then this is when it all started coming together for him inside the cage. His movement in-and-out of range was extremely smart, he was exiting and angling well and throwing his jab out effectively which allowed for the straight right hand to follow on occasion too. This second round started with Pitbull landing the better strikes but ending with Scope looking great.
The third round, again, started as the second round left off. Scope was clearly now shining with confidence with Pitbull really struggling to effectively counter Scope’s strikes. At this point, we saw Pitbull start to come forward and look to go first [abandoning that counter-striking gameplan]. But Scope really was zoned in, in regards to his range and movement here. Pitbull was struggling to close the distance effectively and this meant that Scope could now relax and really start throwing volume at Pitbull. Pitbull did start landing more between the middle and end of this third round but ultimately Scope had the far better of the exchanges between the two fighters and clearly enjoyed his best round out of the three.
This fight ultimately went to a decision and was left in the hands of the judges and their scorecards. Pitbull won the fight via a split decision which left the majority of the fans in attendance along with MMA fans at home upset and shocked as they thought Scope should have taken the fight and won two rounds to one. This left the main event result feeling somewhat controversial but the fight was extremely close and absolutely came down to how the judges scored round two. This was a hard round to score because, as aforementioned, Pitbull started strong with Scope finishing strong and spells of reduced volume in-between. Nonetheless this was a great fight that we sometimes call a ‘chess match with both fighters using a high level of fight IQ along with adopting a very technical gameplan.
Newsome MMA Performance Of The Night:
Fabian Edwards (def. Lee Chadwick via Unanimous Decision)
Newsome MMA Knockout Of The Night:
Nathan Rose (def. Ranjeet Baria via KO)
Newsome MMA Submission Of The Night:
Chris Bungard (def. Terry Brazier via Submission (Rear Naked Choke))
David Green – Head of Bellator Europe
Corey Browning vs Aaron Chalmers
Aaron Chalmers vs Corey Browning
Chris Bungard vs Terry Brazier
Fabian Edwards vs Lee Chadwick
Cal Ellenor vs Nathan Greyson
Full Card Results:
Patricky Pitbull def. Ryan Scope – Split Decision
Corey Browning def. Aaron Chalmers – Submission (Heel Hook) at 0:20 of Round 3
Chris Bungard def. Terry Brazier – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:06 of Round 1
Fabian Edwards def. Lee Chadwick – Unanimous Decision
Arunas Andriuskevicus def. James Mulheron – KO/TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 0:42 of Round 3
Jim Wallhead def. Abner Lloveras – Unanimous Decision
Cal Ellenor def. Nathan Greyson – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:49 of Round 1
Nathan Rose def. Ranjeet Baria – KO/TKO at 4:59 of Round 1
Justin Burlinson def. Maciek Gierszewski – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:04 of Round 1
Luke Westwood def. Richard Kallos – KO/TKO at 1:32 of Round 3
Ashley Reece def. John Ross – KO/TKO at 3:42 of Round 1
Tommy Quinn def. Martin Hudson – KO/TKO at 3:02 of Round 1
Kieran Lister def. Davie McLaughlin – KO/TKO at 1:19 of Round 1
Joe Calboutin def. Milad Ahady – KO/TKO at 3:30 of Round 1
Mindaugas Gerve def. Tony Mustard – KO/TKO (Hand Injury) at 1:46 of Round 1
Article written by Adam Newsome – Newsome MMA