It’s rare that a pair of fighters with a combined 0-1 record going into a fight offer much to write home about. But apparently, sometime ahead of Friday’s Bellator 277 card in San Jose, somebody sat Socrates Hernandez and Rogelio Luna down and made them watch Griffin vs. Bonnar. Repeatedly. Over and over.
Until it was drilled into their heads.
Hernandez started the night at 0-1. Luna? He was making his professional debut on the Bellator 277 preliminary card. Both men, however, fought like there was a title on the line, and a whole lot more money than they were likely getting paid.
The back-and-forth brawl started from the opening bell, and lasted the better part of three rounds. Hernandez arguably had the better accuracy early, not that the fight was close to a technical battle. Luna, however, was happy to just walk forward and swing — and did he ever swing.
In the final round, it was Luna in full control, and when Hernandez finally hit the ground, the ref moved in to make the save. Both men were bloodied, and the crowd was thoroughly entertained — by a pair of fighters who finished the night with all of three fights’ worth of experience between them.
Jumping on the strong word of mouth, given the bout quickly went viral online, Bellator MMA posted the entire scrap on their Youtube channel — which you can watch in the embed above.
If Bellator had such a thing, this would have been Fight of the Night. As it stands, it’s probably one of the best fights you’ll see between complete unknowns this year. And if they keep fighting like this, Rogelio Luna and Socrates Hernandez won’t be unknown for much longer.