Following the big success of Bellator 263 featuring AJ McKee and Patricio Pitbull, the Bellator is back with its next event. Bellator 264 is headlined by a middleweight title fight between Gegard Mousasi and John Salter. Mousasi is the current middleweight champion. But before that, we had the prelims which kicked things off.
Orlando Mendoza vs Jonathan McNeil
The fight turned out to be a catchweight contest. Both the fighters were just making their pro-debuts. It was total domination from Jonathan McNeil as he capped off an impressive debut.
The first round was McNeil all the way. After a cautious start to the round, McNeil began dominating with brutal punches and elbows. He gave no room for his opponent Mendoza, as he coasted to a 10-8 round. Total dominance.
In the second round, McNeil began where he left off. However, Mendoza tried his best to get a foothold in the fight. Although he did land some strikes he was no match for his opponent who never really looked like a debutant.
Heading into round 3, Mendoza definitely needed a knockout to win the match. There was no way he was going to win via. decision. However, it was McNeil who was the aggressor. He landed a couple of 1-2s before shooting for a double legged takedown. Mendoza found no way to get free from McNeil’s mounted position. Finally, McNeil unleashed some heavy haymakers to finish Mendoza. What a way to cap off your birthday.
Result: Jonathan McNeil def. Orlando Mendoza via TKO (Punches and Elbows) – Round 3
Jeffrey Glossner vs Sebastian Ruiz
A close contest saw Jeffrey Glossner win via. unanimous decision.
Glossner is the aggressor as he is off the blocks quickly with a jab. Ruiz then responded with a couple of head kicks and jabs of his own. Glossner gave back the same, and went for a triangle choke , but was not tight enough on the hold. Ruiz finished the round strongly with a flurry of punches. The round belonged to Ruiz.
In the second round, Glossner was the more improved fighter. Numerous submission attempts from Glossner and defense from Ruiz was the norm of the fight. The pace of the fight began dwindling as the round progressed. However, it was Glossner who had the better of Ruiz in this round with the more cleaner strikes.
The final round was action-packed. Glossner the blue belt brought his wrestling skills to the fore as he went for numerous submission attempts. Although, Ruiz did his best to evade them, Glossner had the better of him. In the end he finished with a massive slam to edge out Ruiz.
Result: Jeffrey Glossner def. Sebastian Ruiz via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Pam Sorenson vs Roberta Samad
The women’s fight was the closest in the Prelims card. A lot was expected of Pam Sorenson since she was an Invicta Champion. However, Samad put on an absolute warrior’s performance to see off Sorenson.
Samad started off the fight pretty well. She ended up edging out Sorenson in the scoring. However, Sorenson bounced back strongly in the second round to level the scoring.
The third round was wild, as both the fighters went hammer and tongs to get that much-needed victory. Samad was the one who had the last laugh. Although, Sorenson dominated Samad in the kicks department, Samad clearly outstruck her with more strikes and punches.
Result: Pam Sorenson def. Roberta Samad via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)