Bellator 222 ‘MacDonald vs. Gracie’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

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Round 1

Middleweights Phil Hawes (4-2) and Michael Wilcox (6-3) face off in what will be the promotional debut for both men. Todd Anderson is the third man in the cage. They exchange strikes in the center of the cage for only a few seconds before Wilcox drops for a single-leg, which Hawes shucks off. 90 seconds in, neither man has done much damage, when Hawes drops Wilcox with a left hook. Hawes gives chase and lays on punches and hammerfists, but Wilcox escapes. Shortly afterwards, Hawes drops Wilcox with another punch off a blown single-leg and this time, he moves to mount, then side control, then lets Wilcox up. Hawes promptly drills Wilcox yet again, this time with a right hook, and is all over him on the canvas once more. Under two minutes left and Hawes is in mount again. Wilcox is surviving underneath, controlling Hawes’ posture, but offering nothing in the way of an escape attempt. Hawes is just grinding on top, throwing short strikes, and the round ends that way. Dominant round by Phil Hawes.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Hawes

Hawes has a grotesque hematoma over his left eye after the first round. Referee Anderson waves the fight off and, after a few minutes of deliberation and consulting the video to determine whether the injury was caused by an inadvertent head butt or a legal strike, this one will go down as a TKO.

The Official Result

Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox at 5:00 of R1 via TKO (Doctor Stoppage)

This article first appeared at Recent News on Sherdog.com

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