Tywan Claxton proved to be a well-rounded mixed martial artist, as the Bellator prospect dominated Jose Antonio Perez at Bellator 194 on Friday.
Bellator MMA prospect Tywan Claxton was back in the cage on Friday at Bellator 194. The event went down in Uncasville, CT, and saw the featherweight fighter making his sophomore effort in Bellator (and as a pro) when he took on Jose Antonio Perez. Claxton had won big back at Bellator 186 in the fall thanks to a flying knee knockout finish. While he was looking to downplay the showstopping KO, fans were eagerly awaiting the return of ‘Air Claxton’ to see what he could pull off next.
‘Speedy’ was light on his feet early, feigning and feinting before launching a body kick and attacking the lead leg of Perez. He fired off a head kick next; Perez, meanwhile, was in defensive mode. Claxton then tried launching a flying knee, but came up short. He did, however, land a big double-leg takedown shortly after. That led to some big elbows from half-guard. Perez would try to squirm out of the way, only to eat more and more crushing elbows as the ground and pound continued. By the end of the round, Claxton was firmly in control.
Round two saw Perez fire off a couple of leg kicks and look to get a little more offensive. Claxton then set up another takedown with a punch, changing levels and finishing. Once again, he was in half guard, though this time, the pair were right up against the fence. Claxton worked to fire off more ground and pound, posturing up and dropping lefts and rights. With Perez unable to escape or answer, the ref took a good look and finally called off the action. With the win, Claxton improved to 2-0 as a pro.
Tywan Claxton def. Jose Antonio Perez by TKO, Round 2, 3:39