Bellator 233’s prelims featured one of the fastest knockouts of all time in the promotion’s history when Christian Edwards won in just 16 seconds.
Christian Edwards defeated Cesar Bennett in just 16 seconds during the prelims of Bellator 233. The finish came early into the first round on an unchecked kick to the side of Bennett’s jaw, instantly knocking him out.
The fight started with Bennett attempting a combo that didn’t reach its full movement. The combo attempt was stifled by Edwards who threw a left jab to get distance. Edwards then attempted a front kick that didn’t do anything meaningful.
Bennett attempted a left jab, and in doing so dropped his right hand – which was guarding his face. Edwards saw this and threw a kick that landed directly on Bennett’s jaw, rendering him unconscious instantly. Bennett attempted to get out of range from the kick, but he wasn’t quick enough and the length of Edwards was able to clip Bennet at just the right point to end the fight.
Bennett remained on the mat for a few minutes after being knocked out but was able to stand up after the contest.
Edwards now advances to 2-0 in his pro career, with an official time of just 70 seconds in a Bellator cage between his two wins. For Bennett, this was his pro debut and drops to 0-1 in Bellator and for his career.
According to John McCarthy, the bout is the 10th fastest knockout in Bellator history. The fastest knockout is a two-way tie at six seconds, and the current holders are Hector Lombard (Bellator18) and Mike Kimbel (Bellator 207). Lombard and Kimbel defeated Jay Silva and Alex Potts respectively.
Bellator 233 took place on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, live from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your live results and highlights.