Welcome to CagedInsider’s coverage of Bellator 150, which is a normal Bellator installment featuring actual fighters who won’t require a week-long hospital stay after their bouts.
First up are the ladies: Lena Ovchynnikova against Rebecca Ruth.
The buzz around Ovchynnikova is that she’s a submission specialist, while Ruth is a kickboxer and boxer – so of course the American clinches with her against the cage. At about a minute and a half in Ovchynnikova throws her and lands in Ruth’s half-guard, but she’s swept and Ruth gives her a healthy dose of the wrestler’s ride with some intermittent knees to the body for a while. With a minute left in the round they’re standing against the cage, and in between tie-ups Ruth flurries. She’s definitely ahead on the scorecards when the horn sounds.
Ruth comes out for Round 2 confident – maybe a little too confident – and when she swivels to throw a sidekick she loses her balance and falls to the canvas like an amateur. They scramble and return to their feet, and in the ensuing gunfight Ovchynnikova lands with a counter left and a hook and Ruth knocks her on her ass with a right hand. They resume the shootout, and though the Russian lands repeatedly, whenever Ruth connects she sends Ovchynnikova backpedaling. The round ends with Ovchynnikova fending off an armbar.
After a brief period of boxing, Ruth nails the double-leg takedown and goes to work on the ground in side-control. When Ovchynnikova turtles Ruth continues riding her, even throwing her down when she stands, and the final moments of the round are spent with both ladies going for headshots.
Result: Rebecca Ruth def. Lena Ovchynnikova via Unanimous Decision