29-Year-Old Bellator Welterweight 10-1-0
August 25, 2017 Chris Honeycutt News
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Honeycutt defeated Kevin Casey via TKO (punches) at 2:06 of Round 2 at Bellator 182 on Friday in Verona, N.Y.
The first round was nearly all Honeycutt. He scored an early takedown and did some moderate damage from the top position. With about a minute left the fight returned to standing. Honeycutt landed another takedown with ten seconds left in the frame. Casey locked on a guillotine that almost finished the fight. At the break, Honeycutt was clearly hazy from the choke. The former Edinboro wrestler score an early takedown in the second, moved to the mount and finished with strikes. This was a big win for Honeycutt, but his striking needs to continue to improve for him to have a shot at the Bellator middleweight title.
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Fantasy AnalysisBoasting a 9-1 record going into Bellator 182, Honeycutt is on a bit of a hot streak, winning three straight fights, with the most recent coming as a unanimous decision victory over Ben Reiter in December. He'll look to keep up the momentum against Kevin Casey, who's struggled of late with just one win over his last six fights. Honeycutt hasn't secured a finish since 2015, as his last three victories have come by a unanimous decision, and his best shot could be by knockout considering all three of Casey's losses have come by KO/TKO. Honeycutt has age on his side at 28 years old compared to the 36-year-old Casey.
Fantasy AnalysisBoth of these fighters were NCAA Division I wrestlers. Honeycutt was the much more accomplished wrestler, and it showed early. He landed a series of takedowns, but Reiter was able to get back to his feet. From there, Honeycutt began landing hard knees in the clinch. The second round was spent almost entirely on the feet. Honeycutt was the one moving forward and throwing volume. His striking is not the prettiest, but when he lands, it is with power. The third round was more of the same. The fight ended with a bloodied Reiter struggling with Honeycutt on his back. Since suffering his first professional loss against Paul Bradley, Honeycutt has now bounced back with three straight victories. He might not be that far from a title shot in Bellator's thin middleweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisFriday's bout will be a re-scheduling of a previous match-up at Bellator 140, in which Honeycutt and Bradley clashed heads, resulting in a no-contest. Honeycutt, who requested the re-match, is one of Bellator's top prospects, and one of the best pure wrestlers in MMA today- "The Cutt" is a two-time NCAA Division 1 wrestler. A win over the well-traveled Bradley would only propel Honeycutt closer to a title shot against welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov, whose struggles against wrestlers have been well documented; just ask Ben Askren.