‘Irish Mike Tyson’ Starches Opponent With First Punch Of The Fight
Bellator ventured over the Atlantic to Ireland for its 217th installment greeted by a packed house of enthused and starved fans.
MMA is a big deal in the Republic of Ireland on account of their favorite son, Conor McGregor’s vast commercial and professional success in the sport.
A long history and reputation for fighting set the stage for a huge night that featured a headline fight between Stephen Graham and James Gallagher.
But before this, it was local fighter and McGregor teammate, Charlie Ward who had the crowd in his hands as he easily dispensed with Jamie Stephenson in a single round affair on the preliminary card.
Dublin’s 3Arena did not have time to catch its breath after the fight commenced with Ward taking a mere 34 seconds to deliver a superb KO.
A faked low right was fallen for, hook line and sinker, by Stephenson opening the gate for a brutal left hook.
The blow connected flushly sending Stephenson crashing to the deck. From there Ward dived in for an unrequired ground and pound.
The lights were out and the referee intervened immediately, waving things off with Ward recording his 6th professional victory.
Ward made it very clear-post fight that he believed that his spot should be firmly on the main card, not stuck in the prelims.
He said, “Why the fuck wasn’t I on the main card?” which was supported by cheers from his home crowd. His disdain may be short-lived.
The Irishman has now won three out of three fights in Bellator and has firmed as a middleweight contender.
McGregor did not attend the event which meant a repeat of his antics at Bellator 187 did not occur.
Fans may remember that McGregor jumped the cage following Ward’s debut at Bellator in 2017.
Check out Ward’s outstanding finish on the player below.