Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ronnie Mann and Marlon Sandro Successful in Bellator Debuts

Bellator kicked off it's first Summer Series with Bellator 46 last night in Hollywood, Florida. The event featured the preliminary round of Bellator's third Featherweight tournament.

Fighters Ronnie Mann and Marlon Sandro joined an eight man bracket for Bellator's featherweight competition. Sandro of Brazil and Mann of the UK, both proved successful in their promotional debuts.

For Marlon Sandro, Bellator 46 was his Bellator and U.S. debut. The 18-2 fighter out of Rio de Janeiro faced a game opponent in fellow Brazilian Genair da Silva who also made his US/Bellator debut. Da Silva was not afraid to engage Sandro, but it was Sandro who kept da Silva on skates, using cage control to draw a split decision victory.

Fighting in the U.S. was a big goal for Marlon Sandro, who sprung his MMA career fighting in Japan. Sandro leaves behind featherweight titles in the Pancrase and now defunct Sengoku promotions.

Ronnie Mann made easy work of Adam Schindler in his Bellator debut, taking out his American opponent with a devastating left hook. Schindler officially dropped to the canvas 4:14 in the first round. The win was only Mann's third by knockout in his record of 20-2-1. However, man does hold eleven submission victories to his name. The BJJ brown belt currently holds titles in the UK-based Cage Gladiators promotion and Shark Fights. His last loss was to Shooto and Sengoku titlist Hatsu Hioki who just recently signed with the UFC. Mann's win against Adam Schindler drives a four-fight win streak.

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