Bellator 276 went live tonight from Family Arena in St. Louis, Missouri. In the main event of Bellator 276, Adam Borics (17-1) and Mads Burnell (16-3) were seen breaking the tie for the # 2 ranked featherweight in the promotion. The winner of this fight is definitely the next to face the winner of the next McKee / Pitbull rematch on April 15.
Borics, who had been looking very angry and excited from the first round, started throwing more active strikes from the beginning of the fight, which landed with crisp and varied strikes. Burnell, on the other hand, showed patience and restraint, and sometimes responded with crunching upper cut combos and body shots. The most impressive strikes of Round 1 came from Borics. He jerked Burnell in one step with his elbow and follow-up knee. Burnell demonstrated the toughness of the elite, staying close and forcing Borics to stay away from him. Borics had strengthened his grip on the match from the first round. And it seemed he wasn't going to back down.
But suddenly Burnell turned the tide in Round 2, landing repeatedly with left hooks, upper kits, digging body shots and leg kicks. Borics had many offenses of his own, including a hard knee to the chest and a fist twisting around his back. Burnell is seen coming out of the round before Borics drops him close to the frame with his right hand leaving 10 seconds.
In Round 3, Burnell began to try to strengthen his grip on the match again. As a result of which Burnell played a very good stutter, it seemed that maybe Burnell will win the match again. But Borics won in the final minutes of the round, but that was probably not enough to save him a third consecutive round.
Borics resurrected in Round 4. He significantly increased the volume, repeatedly lowered his knees in the middle, and lowered Burnell's eye. Burnell kept up his forward pressure, but Borics regularly found a place to take straight shots. A dance party began at the end of the round, with Bernell and Borics showing off their charisma and showmanship.
Borics landed voluntarily in the last five minutes of the fight. Burnell fought primarily with a working eye, but that didn't stop him from moving forward and arguing. Burnell seemed to give up most body shots, which served him well in combat. Borics was awarded a unanimous decision in which the judges' scorecards were read: 49-46, 50-45 and 49-46.
Top 5 Light Heavyweight Phil Davis (# 2) and Julius Anglicas (# 4) competed in the co-main event. Davis is a former champion. And they've had great success in four of their last five. In his most recent outing, Davis defeated Yoel Romero by a split decision on Bellator 266. As far as Julius Anglikas is concerned, he recently clinched the title of Bellator 268 against champion Vadim Nemkov, who won the fourth round submission.
Davis used a heavy boat attack, the Brad and Butter weapon that made him famous. Anglikas tried their best to keep the fight going, but failed again and again. This may have been a threat to Davis' heavy fall, but each time before the fight came on the canvas, Anglickas largely failed to find its rhythm.
In Round 3, Davis tried to submit through the right arm, but Anglickas defended. He ended the round with a massive takedown. Moments later, he was declared the winner based on the scorecards.
Bellator 276 Quick Results
Adam Borics def. Mads Burnell via unanimous decision (49-46×2, 50-45)
Phil Davis def. Julius Anglickas via unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Johnny Eblen def. John Salter via unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Gadzhi Rabadanov def. Jay Jay Wilson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
Alex Polizzi def. Jose Augusto via submission (rear-naked choke): R3, 0:49
Romero Cotton def. Freddy Sandoval via TKO (ground-and-pound): R1, 1:39
Diana Avsaragova def. Kyra Batara via unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Cody Law def. James Adcock via knockout (punches): R1, 1:17
Roman Faraldo def. Kelvin Rayford via TKO (punches): R1, 0:44
Jordan Howard def. Trevor Ward via TKO (ground-and-pound): R2, 3:24