Ed Ruth at Bellator 201 (pic via Bellator)

Bellator 201 Prelims Results/Clips: Wrestling stars Ruth, Davis, and Fortune dominate

Temecula, California – Three former NCAA wrestling stars showed off their progressing MMA games in the Bellator 201 prelims, streamed on Bellator.com. Read on for recaps and clips from the triumphant performances by Ed Ruth, Joey Davis, and Tyrell Fortune!

170: Ed Ruth (6-0, #162 World)  TKO2-Punches  Andy Murad (16-3, #250 World MW)

Like the NCAA wrestling champs that preceded him on the Bellator 201 undercard, Ed Ruth spent the first round of his fight with streaking underdog Andy Murad grounding and pounding his opponent. Unlike the other two wrestlers, Ruth chose to spend the second round of this contest showing off his improving, powerful hands. That approach seemed to give Murad some chance, as the stocky welterweight nailed Ruth with a variety of solid body and head shots in round 2. But Ruth was the one who did serious damage as he used long punches to beat up Murad and eventually stop him against the cage with just about 1 second left in the second round. Great stuff from “Easy” Ed Ruth, who made this one look like a foregone conclusion wherever he chose to take the bout. Could a shot in the upcoming Bellator welterweight Grand Prix be in store for Ruth after this strong showing?


170: Joey Davis (4-0, 4-0 Bellator)  U.Decision  Craig Plaskett (2-3)

After proving his wrestling dominance early in round 1, Joey Davis elected to return to his feet and show off his striking skills with a number of spinning back kicks. The former ex-NCAA champ Davis sealed round 1 with a second spate of top control and ground-and-pound. The Team Bodyshop rep didn’t mess around in the later rounds as he dumped Plaskett right back to the mat and dropped decent GNP for the last 10 minutes of the contest en route to the unanimous decision victory. To Plaskett’s credit he was seriously bloodied by Davis’ persistent lefts, but he never folded despite being vastly overmatched.


265: Tyrell Fortune (5-0, 5-0 Bellator, NCAA champ)  TKO2-GNP  Giovanni Sarran (5-3, #23 California)

Tyrell Fortune briefly engaged incredibly squat 5’7″ heavyweight Giovanni Sarran in the clinch, where he smashed the Bellator debutant with knees. From there, the amateur wrestling champ Fortune tossed his man down to the mat and landed effective ground strikes from rear wrestling ride. When Sarran tried to stand, Fortune simply threw him back on the mat and beat him down for the remainder of round 1. A knee tap was all it took for Fortune to get things back to the mat 30 seconds into round 2. After working his ground striking in round 1, Fortune focused on positional control in the second stanza and advanced to full back mount. That proved a wise decision, as Fortune managed to pound out Sarran for the TKO with moments left in the round.


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