Verona, N.Y. – Bellator 182 was an incredible event with action packed bouts. However, due to time constraints some fights were left off the Preliminary Bouts and moved after the televised portion of the card. These fight were not televised and only the people in the arena could watch them.
The final fight of the entire card was between two Central New Yorkers: Joshua Ricci from Whitesboro and Brandon Warne from Ovid. Ricci trains at the Baldwinsville Impact Team Andrello MMA gym. Both fighters brought large entourages to the fight and the entire arena resonated with raucous cheering.
|Ricci's fans cheering him on|
|Warne's fans cheering him on|
|Warne and Ricci both feint kick in the center of the cage|
|Ricci locks in a Rear-Naked Choke|
|Ricci goes for a takedown and Warne stuffs (defends) it|
|Warne trying to use the cage to escape Ricci's Rear Naked Choke|
|Ricci was announced the winner and he celebrated with his team and fans|
The intensity of the fans that stayed for this bout elevated the ambiance and encouraged the fighters to give it their all. Just goes to show you that the biggest fights may be the ones you never hear about.
Well, until now.