Patchy Mix captured the interim Bellator bantamweight title and banked a cool $1 million with a stunning one-shot knockout of Raufeon Stots at Bellator 295.
The pair faced off in the main event, which took place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, as Bellator’s two-night double-header came to a close in spectacular fashion in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Mix needed just 80 seconds to score his highlight-reel finish as he connected with a perfectly-timed knee up the middle, which landed flush on Stots’ chin and knocked him out cold.
It was a stunning finish to a night that had largely been dominated by bouts that went to the scorecards, with finishes at a premium.
Just three of the 11 bouts at Bellator 295 produced finishes, with the first and last bouts of the night delivering knockouts.
In the first bout of the event, Masayuki Kikuiri finished Alexey Shurkevich with a big punch in the second round of their welterweight bout, but it wasn’t until the second bout of the main card that we saw another stoppage.
That came via Hawaiian fan-favorite Yancy Medeiros, who locked up a rear-naked choke to finish English veteran Charlie Leary in the first round in their 165-pound catchweight matchup.
The night’s co-main event featured former women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, who picked up a hard-earned split decision victory over Japanese contender Kana Watanabe after three closely-fought rounds.
The main card opener saw the return to action of Aaron Pico, who went to the scorecards for only the second time in his career as he defeated James Gonzalez via unanimous decision to bounce back into the win column after his injury TKO loss to Jeremy Kennedy last October.
Bellator 295: Official results
- Patchy Mix def. Raufeon Stots via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 1:20
- Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Kana Watanabe via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Yancy Medeiros def. Charlie Leary via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:39
- Aaron Pico def. James Gonzalez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mads Burnell def. Justin Gonzales via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Kai Kamaka III def. Adli Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Sumiko Inaba def. Vega Arteaga via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Aalon Cruz def. Bobby King via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Davion Franklin def. Kasim Aras via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bruna Ellen def. Ilara Joanna via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Masayuki Kikuiri def. Alexey Shurkevich via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 4:33