Patricky Freire vs Josh Thomson
Fans who appeared at the SAP Center in San Jose for Bellator 172 on Saturday night got a big knockout in the main event. But it wasn’t the one they were anticipating.
After the originally scheduled headliner of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione was called off hours before the card due to a Mitrione case of kidney stones, the lightweight co-main event of Josh Thomson vs. Patricky Freire was bumped as much as the main slot.
And the Brazilian fighter nicknamed “Pitbull” ended the show with a flourish, utilizing a huge uppercut and a set of hammerfists to end up the previous Strikeforce lightweight champion. The time of the knockout was 40 seconds of the 2nd round.
Thomson, battling in his hometown, was competing for the first time given that 2015, and the ring rust displayed in the opening round. Neither fighter was particularly active, however Freire dropped Thomson with a right to the temple late in the round.
Early in the second, nevertheless, Thomson was dropped to the mat after an accidental headbutt as the two exchanged in close. Thomson got back to his feet and instinctually striven a takedown, but Freire caught him with a right-hand man on his method, putting an end to the fight.