Bellator 272: Sergio Pettis Sends Kyoji Horiguchi Straight To Mat With Wild Spinning Backfist

Just when some may have counted Sergio Pettis out, he came back.

Pettis (22-5) stunned former Bellator and current Rizin champion Kyoji Horiguchi (29-4) in the fourth round via back fist knockout. The two headlined Bellator 272.

“I came out here and got beaten up for four rounds. When it happened, I was just like, ‘Man I am losing this fight,” Pettis said in a statement. “I’ve got to do something spectacular.’ It (the decisive punch that ended the fight) came at the right time.”

Kyle Crutchmer opened the event with a unanimous decision victory against a striker with jiu-jitsu skills, Oliver Enkamp.

Crutchmer is training in the American Kickboxing Academy, and he put his wrestling skills on display. He did 13 takedowns during the fight and defended himself against submission attempts of from the Swedish fighter. Crutchmer won the fight with 30-27.

In the second fight, two former UFC fighters shared the octagon. Spike Carlyle and Dan Moret fought almost all three rounds.

In the first two rounds, Moret almost finished the fight. He landed massive shots and also had tough submission attempts. In both rounds, Carlyle was saved by the bell, but he came back and earned submission victory in the third round.

After the bout, Carlyle wrote on Instagram, “Truly a holy spirit miracle tonight!!! No more eight days notice fights lol.”

Levan Chokeli proved that he is a worthy contender in the welterweight division after suffering a loss in his debut bout in the Bellator.

In the first round, he almost finished the fight. He landed several combinations, and the Brazilian fighter was bleeding, but the fight continued on the ground after that.

“I had many chances to finish the fight, but it went exactly how I wanted. Also, I wanted to show my wrestling skills,” Chokeli said after.

Another former UFC fighter, Kai Kamaka III, earned a unanimous decision victory against John De Jesus.

Both fighters traded shots in the first two rounds. De Jesus dropped Kamaka in the second round and had the chance, but Kamaka went for the takedown and spent almost the whole round using his ground game.

As it turned out, his purple belt in jiu-jitsu was enough to earn another important victory.

Check out the rest of the results down below:

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