Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA
John Hawk defeats Marcus Vänttinen via 3 Round Decision
|6-4-0||Pro Record At Fight||21-3-0|
|Climbed to 7-4||Record After Fight||Fell to 21-4|
|+260 (Moderate Underdog)||Betting Odds||-340 (Moderate Favorite)|
|Independence, Ohio||Fighting out of||Porvoo, Finland|
|32 years, 4 months, 1 week, 3 days||Age at Fight||24 years, 8 months, 4 weeks|
|203.5 lbs (92.3 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)|
|6'3" (191cm)||Height||6'5" (195cm)|
|Strong Style Fight Team||Gym||Hardknocks Helsinki|
- Bout Information
- Event: Bellator 66
- Date: Friday 04.20.2012 at 08:00 PM ET
- Referee: Chad Trukovich
- Venue: I-X Center
- Enclosure: Cage
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 4 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
- TV Commentary: Sean Wheelock, Jimmy Smith
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Prelims
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Jimmy Smith
- Hawk Total Disclosed Pay: $3,000
- Vänttinen Total Disclosed Pay: $2,000
Hawk vs. Vänttinen Wiki Update Wiki
Hawk and Vanttinen met in the final prelim before the main card.
Vanttinen circled and landed a few straights as Hawk missed on some hooks early on. Hawk began landing with some punches as Vanttinen continued to circle. Hawk landed a flush left and moved forward aggressively, smelling blood. The two traded strikes in the clinch and the larger Hawk looked to be controlling the tempo. Vanttinen came forward with some straight punches that landed but backed off as Hawk landed a powerful counter. The damage to Vanttinen's face was evidence that he took the harder shots in the first.
Vanttinen seemed to have found his range early in the second, landing some good straights and varying his attacks before Hawk pulled guard with a Guillotine against the fence. Hawk put the squeeze on but Vanttinen survived the hold then passed to side control. Vanttinen landed some short elbows from side control but Hawk reversed him and took the top position. Vanttinen cage-walked to his feet but Hawk got him back down before the bell.
Both fighters started slow in the third, but it was Vanttinen who came forward first, landing a few more straights. Hawk landed a big right hand against the cage that hurt Vanttinen then utilized some dirty boxing. Vanttinent circled out then came forward, only for Hawk to spin him into the fence again. After another separation Vanttinen drove in for a takedown but Hawk stuffed it. The exhausted fighters traded strikes in the center of the cage as the time ran down.
The judges scored the bout 30-27 Vanttinen, 29-28 Hawk, and 29-28 Hawk, giving him the Split Decision victory.