Former University of Wyoming wrestler Archie Colgan added a violent finish to his highlight reel in his Bellator debut.
One half of the third fight on Friday’s Bellator 265 prelims, Colgan (3-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) picked up a TKO victory over Ben Simons (3-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at 4:04 of Round 1 – and it started with a nasty slam.
After he landed on top following a takedown, Colgan found himself in the midst of a buggy choke attempt from Simons. As Simons worked for the choke, Colgan elevated his opponent and violently slammed him on his neck.
The impact loosened up Simons’ submission, which allowed Colgan to escape danger. Colgan began to rain hard ground-and-pound punches and elbows on Simons, who scrambled to escape.
However, Colgan’s shots were heavy and sliced Simons across the bridge of his nose. Referee Mike Beltran warned Simons multiple times, but the fighter could not escape and the fight was stopped.
With the win, Colgan keeps his undefeated professional record and 100 percent finishing rate intact. Meanwhile, Simons falls to 1-3 in his most recent four outings.
Bellator 265 took place Friday at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card aired on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.