Main Card | Lightweight · 155 lbs | MMA
Jacob Kirwan defeats Rene Nazare via 3 Round Decision
|8-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||10-0-0|
|Climbed to 9-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 10-1|
|+520 (Heavy Underdog)||Betting Odds||-680 (Huge Favorite)|
|Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States||Fighting out of||Woburn, Massachusetts|
|Age at Fight||29 years, 1 month, 1 week, 5 days|
|155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||156.2 lbs (70.9 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||5'9" (176cm)|
|68.0" (173cm)||Reach||70.0" (178cm)|
|Clinch Academy||Gym||Team Bombsquad|
- Bout Information
- Event: Bellator 54
- Date: Saturday 10.15.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
- Referee: Kevin MacDonald
- Venue: Boardwalk Hall
- Enclosure: Cage
- Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 6 of 9)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
- TV Commentary: Sean Wheelock, Jimmy Smith
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Jimmy Smith
- Kirwan Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Nazare Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Kirwan vs. Nazare Wiki Update Wiki
Kirwan and Nazare took to the cage for the first bout of the main card in a lightweight tilt.
Nazare came right out of the gate with a nice leg kick that buckled Kirwan then defended a takedown with a front headlock. Nazare kept the pressure on Kirwan with his sprawl but eventually got pushed over into the cage. Nazare swept Kirwan with ease and wound up on top in Kirwan's half guard. Kirwan kept up an active defense and got Nazare into his closed guard. Nazare worked some hooks to the body and some short punches to the head. MacDonald stood the fighters up and Nazare landed a chopping leg kick and a kick to the body on the restart. Kirwan landed a jab then got Nazare down with a deep takedown and landed in Nazare's half guard. Kirwan dropped some short elbows until the bell sounded to end a close round.
Nazare went back to work with the leg kick to start the second round. Kirwan got another double leg takedown and landed in Nazare's full guard then passed to half guard. Kirwan tried to work some short strikes from the top but neither fighters appeared able to blast through the other's defense by the midway point of the fight. MacDonald again stood the fighters up and Nazare landed another leg kick but got taken down with ease again. Kirwan immediately passed to half guard and continued maintaining control without dishing out any damage. Nazare managed to stand after threatening with a Kimura then got a takedown of his own and landed in Kirwan's butterfly guard, where he rode out the final seconds.
Kirwan landed a short hook to start the final round then got his with a cross and shot in for another successful takedown, passing again to half guard. Kirwan again failed to mount any serious offense but kept control for several minutes on top. Nazare reclaimed full guard and fired off some elbows from his back in desperation as the final minute ticked by. Nazare rolled to his feet in the last 30 seconds and got a takedown of his own against the cage, but it looked to be too little, too late for the Brazilian.
The official scorecards read 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 for Kirwan, giving him the decision win.