TUF pioneer and UFC vet Melvin Guillard may have picked Brandon Girtz to be his first opponent when he made his debut in the Bellator cage, but at last night’s Bellator 141 installment, that debut didn’t quite go as planned thanks to a badly broken hand. As per teammate Din Thomas’ Instagram:
Yikes. Despite a spirited performance that at times had Girtz backpedaling and eating punches, Guillard was ragdolled to the canvas numerous times. He lost the split decision when time expired.
In the co-main event, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Saad Awad battled judiciously for three rounds. Each man had his moments, but in the end, the unanimous decision went to the Brazilian.
TUF vet-turned-African-missionary Justin Wren returned to the cage for the first time in years to face heavyweight huffer-and-puffer Josh Burns. This one went the distance as well, and Burns was literally an exhausted, huffing and puffing machine of oxygen deprivation and bad cardio. Wren took the decision when all was said and done.
In the opening bout of the SpikeTV-broadcast card, former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen handled Arlene Blencowe like a jiu-jitsu black belt handles a white belt. The Dutchwoman tapped out Blencowe with an armbar.