It’s never a good situation when the broadcast opens up by saying you missed weight by “a lot,” but that’s where Jared Scoggins found himself on Friday at Bellator 272.
Scoggins, brother of former UFC talent Justin Scoggins, was making his promotional debut at long last. But on Thursday, he hit the scales at 140lbs for the bantamweight fight against Josh Hill. A little too much feasting during Thanksgiving, perhaps.
Hill, ranked #7 to start the evening, was hoping to shake off a loss to Raufeon Stots in his last outing, after starting his Bellator run 2-0.
Scoggins held center to kick off the fight, but before long Hill pressed forward. That said, there was a bit of feeling out, with Scoggins firing a high kick that was blocked, and both men letting leg kicks go as well. Scoggins then closed the distance, looking for a takedown. It was Hill, late in the round, securing a takedown, however, putting his opponent flat on his back.
In the second round, Josh Hill made Scoggins pay for coming in heavy. A right hand did the damage, landing directly on the chin as Scoggins came in with his hands down. Living up to his “Gentleman” nickname, Hill pulled up on the follow-up strike, as Scoggins was laying on the canvas out cold.
👊💥 Josh Hill stiffs Jared Scoggins with a BEAUTIFUL right hand KO!
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) December 4, 2021
Official Result: Josh Hill def. Jared Scoggins by knockout, Round 2, 0:56