Preliminary Card | Lightweight · 155 lbs
Matt Bessette defeats Saul Almeida via 3 Round Decision
|7-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||12-1-0||Climbed to 8-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 12-2|
|Hartford, Connecticut||Fighting out of||Framingham, Massachusetts|
|27 years, 3 months, 2 days||Age at Fight||22 years, 9 months, 5 days|
|154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||155.8 lbs (70.6 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||6'1" (186cm)|
|70.5" (179cm)||Reach||75.0" (191cm)|
|Underdog Mixed Martial Arts||Gym||
Sityodtong Boston (Primary)
- Bout Information
- Event: Bellator 63
- Date: Friday 03.30.2012 at 08:00 PM ET
- Referee: Todd Anderson
- Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
- Enclosure: Cage
- Location: Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 9 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
- TV Commentary: Sean Wheelock, Jimmy Smith
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Prelims
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Jimmy Smith
- Bessette Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Almeida Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Bessette vs. Almeida Wiki Update Wiki
Bessette and Almeida took to the cage for a featured preliminary bout following the main card.
Both fighters met in the center of the cage and traded shots from close range before separating. Almeida got a takedown in the center of the cage. Bessette got back to his feet and pushed Almeida into the fence. The majority of the action resulted in a clinch battle with neither fighter landing strikes. Bessette got a takedown in the final then landed some good punches before the bell.
The fighters continued their striking battle early in the second, with Bessette getting the better of the exchanges. Almeida pushed Bessette into the fence and took him down, but Bessette popped back to his feet then pulled guard with a Guillotine. Almeida escaped the hold and took control on the top then got reversed. Bessette passed to side control and landed some short elbows.
Almeida tried to box with Bessette in the third but Bessette landed the better punches in every exchange. While Bessette got the better of most exchanges throughout the round, Almeida took him down under the two-minute mark and was forced to fight off an Armbar. Almeida maintained control for most of the final minute.
The judges scored the bout 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27 for Bessette, giving him the Unanimous Decision victory.