Bellator 300 Recap: Champions Shine in Dominant Fashion
Bellator 300 showcased three champions, and they all left the same way they entered - victorious and dominant. Usman Nurmagomedov, in particular, barely broke a sweat in the main event as he retained his Bellator lightweight title against Brent Primus.
Nurmagomedov displayed his dynamism right from the start, mixing up strikes with kicks, knees, clinch work, and precise punches. He effortlessly secured takedowns and continued to pick Primus apart throughout the fight. The champion's dominance culminated with a fifth-round takedown, leaving Primus content to make it to the final bell.
The 25-year-old phenom now awaits the winner of Bellator 301's matchup between Alexander Shabily and Patricky Pitbull in the lightweight grand prix finale, where a $1 million prize awaits the victor.
In the co-main event, Cris Cyborg returned to the cage after over a year away, wasting no time in obliterating Cat Zingano. The featherweight champion's relentless assault ended in just over four minutes, as she showcased her unwavering prowess. Cyborg called for a fight with Leah McCourt after the win.
The main card also featured a bout between close friends Liz Carmouche and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. Carmouche secured an injury stoppage win in the fifth round, with Macfarlane's compromised knee unable to withstand a perfectly timed leg kick.
Despite a somewhat timid battle early on, the night was a showcase of champions, each leaving their mark on Bellator 300 with their impressive performances.
Main Card Results:
- Usman Nurmagomedov def. Brent Primus via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- Cris Cyborg def. Cat Zingano via TKO (ground and pound) in Round 1 (4:01)
- Liz Carmouche def. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane via TKO (injury) in Round 5 (0:17)
Bellator 300 lived up to its billing, delivering thrilling action and reaffirming the dominance of its champions.