Bellator 224 results: Juliana Velasquez stays relentless, shuts down Kristina Williams
Velasquez (9-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) stayed unbeaten with a second-round TKO against Williams (3-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA), an Oklahoma native fighting in front of her home fans. The stoppage came at the 4:03 mark of the middle round.
The women’s flyweight fight was part of the Bellator 224 main card at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card aired on Paramount and streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Velasquez kicked first, but Williams kicked immediately behind it to open things up. About 90 seconds in, the women got in tight and exchanged in a flurry before Williams went back to kicking up high. Velasquez touched Williams with a left hand, then another that forced Williams to fire back in a hurry.
Midway through the round, Velasquez landed several big punches and had Williams reeling with her back to the fence. Velasquez pursued her and put her in trouble, but Williams tied things up and eventually earned a break. It didn’t take Velasquez long to find her range again, though, and kept Williams under pressure. Williams continued to try to find a home for her kicks, but Velasquez managed to be just out of range.
Velasquez continued to find a home for her jabs in the second, then slipped away from Williams’ kicks as best she could. Two minutes in, she fired off a kick of her to Williams’ lead leg. With two minutes left, Velasquez put Williams in trouble along the fence with a combo of kicks and punches. Bloodied up around the nose, Williams had a hard time getting off the fence and Velasquez started to tee off while Williams covered up.
With a minute left, Williams finally hit the mat and it took only a couple more punches for Velasquez to get the TKO win.
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