UNCASVILLE, Conn. – It’s safe to say Roy Nelson is going to head back to Las Vegas less than thrilled about the outcome of his Bellator 194 main event.
With Bellator’s camera crew in the cage after his majority-decision loss to Matt Mitrione (13-5 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) on Friday night, Nelson (22-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) had two fingers that told pretty much the entire story.
Check out the photo above from just after the main event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. It aired on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Nelson took Mitrione down in all three rounds. The third round, in particular, was a dominant one for him. His takedowns in Rounds 1 and 2 came later in the frames. When the fight was standing, Nelson got his punches in, but Mitrione was landing more.
When the scores were read, the first set of numbers was a 28-28 draw – meaning that judge gave Mitrione the first two rounds, despite Nelson’s takedowns late, but gave Nelson a 10-8 third round for a dominant five minutes.
But the next two were 29-28s for Mitrione – meaning those two judges said Mitrione’s striking in the standup game was worth more than Nelson’s takedowns.
Mitrione moved on to the semifinals of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix tournament, and he’ll meet the eventual winner of light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader and Muhammed Lawal. Nelson suffered his first loss in Bellator after debuting with the promotion in 2017.
If you’re wondering how the crowd reacted to Mitrione’s win … well, not good. Not good at all. The fans seemed to be overwhelmingly in favor of Nelson once the scores were read. Judging from the boos, it’s reasonable to assume some of them held up the same fingers Nelson did.view original article >>