Akop Stepanyan and Mike Richman opened up the main card tonight at Bellator 106. Both men are looking to rebound from losses. Stepanyan recently lost to Justin Wilcox in the Featherweight tournament quarterfinals. He is 1-3 in his Bellator career. Richman most recently lost to Frodo Khasbulaev in last season’s Featherweight tournament final.
Round 1: They touch gloves to open up the fight. Richman with a nice inside leg kick that Akop answers with a jab. Nice jab by Akop and misses a big right. Leg kick by Richman is countered by a nice right hand by Akop. Lot of feinting by both men, and a head kick from Richman just misses. Spinning hook kick attempt by Akop misses. Akop is really winging his right hand. Richman with a nice leg kick. Big right misses for richman. Beautiful exchange and both men land! Akop again tags Richman as he goes for the leg kick. Richman lands a right hook that hurts Akop, but then gets rocked himself! Akop is pouncing and Richman is hurt. Then a huge left hook from Richman and AKOP IS OUT COLD!! What a crazy sequence to end the fight. Both men were hurt and looked about to be finished before a huge KO. Official Decision: Mike Richman defeats Akop Stepanyan via KO round 1.
UPDATE: GIF of finish