Josh Thomson proved to be the better man in the main event at Bellator 147, earning a technical knockout over Pablo Villaseca on Saturday in San Jose, Calif.
Thompson rolled through Villaseca on this way to the stoppage in the second round, which came at the 3:59 mark.
“I cannot lose in this town,” the San Jose fighter exclaimed during his post-fight interview.
Villaseca’s ground game had its moments, but Thomson ultimately worked his way out of trouble when his opponent secured the back. Thomson returned to his feet and established himself as the better fighter.
In the later moments of the fight, Thomson grounded his foe and rained on him with a series of ground-and-pound strikes that left Villaseca covering up his face. The referee stepped in after consecutive punches landed and the official TKO was read shortly after.
Thomson came to Bellator with an unspoken understanding that he would be in immediate contention for a title. However, Thomson chose to call out Michael Chandler, and not the current Bellator lightweight champion, Will Brooks, in his post-fight comments. Thomson’s justification, he said, was because there is more of a calling to see him face Chandler than the division’s current champ.
“I’m sorry, but everybody wants to see me fight Chandler,” he said. “Whether you’re the champion or not … the fans want to see me fight Michael Chandler. Chandler wants the fight, I want the fight.
“The hype right now is between me and Chandler.”
Brooks took to Twitter shortly after the fight and explained that he knew Thomson would prefer to call out Chandler and not him. Despite being Thomson’s No. 2 choice, Brooks said he was in no place to bash the fighter for making the comments about wanting to face Chandler instead.
“Listen no one is going to get me to bash Thomson,” he wrote, adding, “the guy has put his time in, & if he’s more about fighting for & ratings he’s earned it.”
The win marked Thomson’s second win since coming to the Bellator cage and leaving the UFC in July.
In the co-main event, Dan Weichel outstruck Georgi Karakhanyan on his way to a unanimous decision. Weichel proved to have the edge on the feet, convincing the judges to give him scores of 30-27 across the panel.
Earlier main card fights had Derek Anderson earning a split decision over Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), Adam Piccolotti defeating Mario Soto via rear-naked choke at 3:25 of Round 2, and Brian Rogers submitting Virgil Zwicker with an arm-triangle choke at 4:38 of Round 2.
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