Bellator 293 video: ‘Magic’ Mike Hamel finishes Nick Browne with head kick in 42 seconds
“Magic” Mike Hamel declared he’ll be a household name at lightweight.
While he still has some work to do getting to the status, Hamel (10-5 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) took one step closer to making that a reality Friday when he knocked out former LFA lightweight champion Nick Browne (13-3 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in 42 seconds at Bellator 293.
The event took place at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif..
A left high kick from Hamel started the finish as it floored Browne to the canvas. Browne tried to grab hold of a leg in an attempt to resort to his grappling roots, but Hamel fed him a series of punches. Browne appeared to briefly lose consciousness, though he ultimately didn’t like the stoppage of referee Frank Trigg.
𝗠𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗰 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵 😱
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— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 1, 2023
Hamel, 30, is a key member of The MMA Lab in Phoenix. After an 0-2 start to his Bellator tenure, Hamel has won three fights in a row. Browne, 33, won his first two Bellator appearances but has since dropped just as many.
The up-to-the-minute Bellator 293 results include:
Mike Hamel def. Adam Piccolotti via TKO (head kick and punches) – Round 1, 0:42
Adam Piccolotti def. Mandel Nallo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:26
Sara Collins def. Pam Sorenson via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:43
Jeff Creighton def. Joey Davis via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lucas Brennan def. Josh San Diego via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:14
Vladimir Tokov def. Lance Gibson Jr. via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:02
Randi Field def. Ashley Cummins via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Bryce Meredith def. Brandon Carrillo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:11
Mackenzie Stiller def. Benson Henderson via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:17
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for Bellator 293.