Chris Disonell came into Bellator 225 as a heavy underdog against hometown favorite Mike Kimbel and survived early punishment to get a stoppage at the end of the first round.
Mike Kimbel takes on 3-3 fighter Chris Disonell on the Bellator 225 preliminary card. Kimbel received a lot of hype immediately when he knocked out his first two opponents in 69 seconds combined. Since then, though, he’s suffered a submission loss and won by split decision. Disonell last fought in June, suffering a loss. This will be his promotional debut.
Kimbel started with a leg kick early on and had complete control of the center of the cage. Disonell rushed in with a nice combination and Kimbel countered with one of his own. Kimbel went to the leg kick again, and shortly after, was caught with a counter-left when he threw a jab. Disonell got a hold of Kimbel and pushed him against the cage. A takedown effort against the fence was stopped by Kimbel, then they broke apart. Kimbel took advantage of the opportunity, hitting Disonell with a heavy combination that rocked him. Kimbel was coming in with knees and punches and Disonell found a brief window to grab a hold of Kimbel. Kimbel broke free again and landed a big knee while falling to his back, Kimbel bounced into a takedown and got it, but got up shortly after. Disonell clinched up again and Kimbel’s defensive effort led to him folding backward and Disonell landing in full mount. Disonell pounded away with punches from full mount with 15 seconds remaining in the round and landed enough to force a stoppage.
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Chris Disonell def. Mike Kimbel by TKO (Ground-and-Pound) in Round 1 (4:54)