|Richman does it again; Speer falls|
|Written by Ben Pherson|
|Monday, 15 October 2012 05:35|
Mike Richman has done it again.
Friday night, Richman was back on national TV. And he didn't disappoint.
Richman was competing in the quarterfinals of the Bellator 145-pound tournament during Bellator 76 live on MTV2.
Jeremy Spoon (12-1) stood in Richman's way, but not for long.
Just 23 seconds into the fight, Richman dropped spoon with a headkick. Spoon never saw it coming, and it knocked him out cold. Richman followed to the ground, landing another big punch before referee Big John McCarthy could jump in and stop the fight.
"That's actually kind of one of my specialties, lulling people into a boxing match and I have a pretty sneaky high kick," Richman told ESPN after his fight. "It's one of the things we worked on a lot."
Richman, who trains with Greg Nelson at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, improved to 13-1 as a professional.
That marks back-to-back highlight reel finishes for Richman. Last April, he knocked out veteran Chris Horodecki at Bellator 64.
To watch a video of Richman's stellar headkick KO, click this link.
Richman's big knockout earns him a spot in the 145-pound semifinals. And those semifinals matchups already are set.
Richman will square off against Shahbulat Shamhalaev (10-1), while Wagnney Fabiano (15-3) will meet Rad Martinez (13-2) in the other semifinals matchup. Those fights will come at Bellator 80.
Bellator 80 takes place Nov. 9 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Fellow Minnesota product Brandon Girtz is rumored to be fighting that night for Bellator
As usual, the main card airs on MTV2 and the prelims are on spike.com. Richman's fight will be part of the live TV broadcast.
Tournament fighters are looking for $100,000 in total pay and a guaranteed title shot by winning the eight-man tournament.
Richman's opponent, Shamhalaev, is a Russian who moved his unbeaten streak to nine fights with a first-round TKO of Cody Bollinger on Friday night.
Fellow Bellator standouts Joe Warren and Jessica Aguilar also are rumored to be on the Nov. 9 card.
Elgin's Tommy Speer suffered a tough loss Saturday night at a card in Colorado.
Speer met hometown prospect Jeremy Kimball during the Made For War MMA co-main event. The card was streamed live online at www.mfwmma.com
Speer normally fights at 170 pounds, but he went up to 185 for the showdown with Kimball.
The opening round belonged to Speer. He pushed Kimball against the cage early, then picked him up and slammed him to the mat. Speer stayed in top position for almost the entire round.
Kimball did lock on an armbar at one point, but Speer refused to tap and eventually broke free. That opened up some ground and pound for the UFC veteran. He dished out plenty of punishment and appeared to be in control of the fight heading into the second round.
The second round started much like the first. Speer pushed the action and had Kimball up against the cage before picking him up and slamming him down. But this time Kimball locked on to a tight guillotine. Speer didn't tap, but Kimball used the guillotine to sweep Speer. He rolled right into mount and started to dish out heavy hands to Speer's face.
Eventually, Speer rolled over and covered up. The stoppage came quickly, giving Kimball a second-round TKO win.
The loss dropped Speer to 19-7 overall.