World BJJ champion Rafael Lovato Jr. had a great performance in his first-ever fight under contract with Bellator. Lovato needed just 13 seconds to dispatch Charles Hackmann with a knockout. After landing a high kick that shook his opponent, Lovato ended it with a sequence of knees that was swiftly cut short by the ref. This is the undefeated Lovato’s sixth consecutive win in MMA.
Bellator 174 took place last night at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., and had featherweights Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd face off in its main bout. Budd walked out with the belt following a round-4 knockout.
Julia Budd def. Marloes Coenen via TKO (2:42 – R4)
Fernando Gonzalez def. Brandon Girtz via decision
Justin Wren def. Roman Pizzolato via arm triangle (2:35 – R1)
Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Charles Hackmann via TKO (0:13 – R1)
Cody Pfister def. Jonathan Gary via RNC (4:04 – R1)
Justin Patterson def. Jason Witt via TKO (0:13 – R3)
Emmanuel Rivera def. Treston Thomison via decision
Gabrielle Holloway def. Alexis Dufresne via TKO (2:53 – R2)
Emily Ducote def. Katy Collins via RNC (4:53 – R1)
6th fastest KO in @bellatormma history!!! I did not expect anything like this, but I was very well prepared. This is 100% the result of my training with the brothers Mestre Mauricio @evolucaothai & Mestre @andredida at @evolucaothaibr in #Curitiba. Muay Thai plus #RibeiroJiuJitsu is a dangerous combination & I believe in it! #EvolucaoThai #MuayThai #MMA #KO #HeadKick #Knee #TeamLovatoMMA #Bellator174 #LovatoBellatorDebut