Preliminary Card | Middleweight · 185 lbs | MMA
Duane Bastress defeats Plinio Cruz via KO/TKO at 2:52 of Round 2
|4-1-0||Pro Record At Fight||5-4-0||Climbed to 5-1||Record After Fight||Fell to 5-5|
|United States||Nationality||United States|
|Dover, Pennsylvania||Fighting out of||Kearny, New Jersey|
|28 years, 10 months||Age at Fight|
|185.2 lbs (84.0 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||6'1" (186cm)|
|Central Pennsylvania Martial Arts Academy||Gym||Cruz MMA/Gold Team|
- Bout Information
- Event: Bellator 65
- Date: Friday 04.13.2012 at 08:00 PM ET
- Referee: Kevin Mulhall
- Venue: Boardwalk Hall
- Enclosure: Cage
- Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 9 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
- TV Commentary: Sean Wheelock, Jimmy Smith
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Prelims
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Jimmy Smith
- Bastress Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Cruz Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Bastress vs. Cruz Wiki Update Wiki
Bastress and Cruz met in a middleweight bout on the preliminary card.
Bastress came out aggressive, switching stances to throw Cruz off before landing a takedown and some good punches to the side of the head. Cruz scrambled out, but Bastress continued to land shots before lifting Cruz up and slamming him back down. Cruz got back to his feet and Bastress closed the distance quickly, getting another takedown.
Cruz landed a good jump knee at the beginning of the second and stuffed a takedown, but Bastress still got him to the mat before the end of the first minute. Cruz complained of a knee to the chin on the ground and got a repreive. Bastress landed a nice spinning elbow on the restart then resumed his ground assault after another takedown. A series of unanswered strikes from the top nabbed Bastress the TKO victory in the second.
The end came 2:52 into the second round, giving Bastress the TKO victory.