Bellator 290: Brennan Ward Stops Sabah Homasi in Violent Clash That Lives Up to Hype

Sabah Homasi and Brennan Ward, Bellator 290
Sabah Homasi and Brennan Ward, Bellator 290 Credit: Bellator MMA

The cacophony of violence that Sabah Homasi vs. Brennan Ward promised to be at Bellator 290 had fans salivating from the moment it was announced.

There was little chance that come Saturday night at the Kia Forum in L.A., the fight would be anything short of car crash levels of explosive.

Ward opened at center, putting Homasi on the outside, and perhaps surprisingly, Brennan Ward opted to shoot immeditaely for a takedown. He couldn’t keep Homasi down long, however, and when the pair came up, it was Homasi with an uppercut, then a switch knee. With little more than a minute, Ward was bloodied under one eye.

Homasi then chopped at Ward’s lead leg, taking him right off his feet for a moment. Ward continued to press forward, backing up Homasi, who fired another knee, only to be taken down once again. This time Ward, took the back, getting both hooks in with over half the round remaining. Homasi fought the hands, and Ward let one of those hooks slip free before getting it back in place.

A scramble led to Homasi escaping, with Ward firing an elbow off the break. Homasi was now bloodied as well, but he fired the switch knee yet again. Ward answered with an uppercut and superman punch. A Homasi knee saw him slip, allowing Ward to take the back again. This time, Homasi briefly reversed before they made it back up; at center, Homasi fired a few kicks before Ward went on the attack, backing his opponent up.

In the second, Ward had Homasi hurt early. He dropped Homasi with a jab by the fence, and went right after a guillotine. Homasi survived that, but was gushing blood, his hair dyed red. Ward then piled on with hooks and uppercuts, followed by a head kick sending Homasi down again. Instantly, it was Ward with ground n’ pound, laying into Homasi until the ref had seen enough.

As advertised — a violent car crash with a bloody finish.

Official Result: Brennan Ward def. Sabah Homasi by TKO (ground n’ pound), Round 2, 1:34