Brennan Ward vs. Mikkel Parlo

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Each with only one loss in their professional MMA careers, Brennan Ward and Mikkel Parlo face off in this Bellator Season 9 Middleweight Tournament Final.

BRENNEN WARD, AND MIKKEL

PARLO.

ROUND NUMBER 1.

>> THEY'RE SO DIFFERENT IN

PERSONALITY, STYLES VERY

DIFFERENT.

WARD IS PHYSICAL, EXPLOSIVE.

TAKES A LOT OF RISKS.

MIKKEL PARLO ALWAYS CONTAINED

AND TIGHT.

WARD IN THE BLACK TRUNKS, WENT

FOR THE SHOT.

PARLO IN THE WHITE TRUNKS.

HATLY IS TELLING WARD WATCH

YOUR FINGERS.

LEAD WITH A CLOSED FIST, NOT

AN OPEN HAND.

WARD.

NICE NEON THE WAY UP AS WELL.

PARLO SHOWING GOOD TAKE DOWN

DEFENSE.

STILL AHEAD, ON MAIN EVENT.

THE HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

FINAL, CHEICK KONGO VERSUS

PETER GRAHAM, TWO OUTRIGHT

KNOCKOUT ARTISTS.

WARD DEFINITELY HAS A SOLID

WRESTLING BASE, NATIONAL

RUNNER UP AT JOHNSON AND WALES

UNIVERSITY.

HE'S TRYING TO TAKE PARLO TO

THE GROUND.

PARLO, GOOD BALANCE AND TAKE

DOWN DEFENSE.

PARLO TALKS ABOUT BEING SO

TECHNICAL WITH HIS STRIKES.

HE SAID I CANNOT GET SUCKED

INTO A BRAWL AGAINST BRENNEN

WARD WHICH IS WHAT WARD WANTS

TO DO.

>> WARD SAID I HAVE A BETTER

STRIKING, I THINK I HAVE THE

BETTER BOXING THAN PARLO BUT,

PARLO IS TIGHT AND IT'S HARD

TO FIND THE OPENING.

WHAT IMPRESSED ME SO MUCH

ABOUT PARLO IN BOTH FIGHTS,

BOTH GUYS HAD A LOT OF

PHYSICAL ADVANTAGES OVER HIM

AND THEY NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO

USE THEM.

PARLO DIDN'T MAKE ANY

MISTAKES.

YOU SEE HERE CHIPPING AWAY AT

WARD.

HE KNOWS HE'S THE MOST

DANGEROUS AND EXPLOSIVE EARLY

IN THE FIGHT.

NOT GIVING ANY SPACE AT ALL.

PRESSURE FROM PARLO.

DRIVING THROUGH.

WARD WITH HIS HIP TYPICAL

DEFENSE.

WARD TRYING TO TURN.

SEPARATION.

PARLO TENDS TO BUILD AS THE

FIGHT GOES ON.

WARD TRYING TO SET UP HIS

STRIKES.

COUNTER LEFT FROM WARD, THAT

WAS QUICK.

A LITTLE TOO WIDE WITH THE

PUNCHES RIGHT NOW.

SHOT AGAIN FROM WARD, WELL

DEFENDED FROM PARLO.

THE STRATEGY RIGHT HERE, PUT

HIM AGAINST THE FENCE.

WEAR THE KID DOWN, DRAG HIM

INTO THE DEEP WATER.

PARLO STARTS SLOW AND GETS

STRONGER AS THE FIGHT

PROGRESSES.

IN MANY WAYS SIMILAR TO THE

FIGHT IN THE FIRST ROUND

AGAINST BRIAN ROGERS.

THE GUY IS EXPLOSIVE.

DANGEROUS IN THAT FIRST ROUND.

STEPPED IN BY PARLO.

40 SECONDS TO GO ROUND NUMBER

1 OF THE BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FINAL.

THE WINNER ERNST A WORLD TITLE

SHOT.

LEVEL CHANGE FROM WARD.

WARD JUST, THAT TAKE DOWN IS

EASY FOR PARLO TO SEALE NOT

GOING FROM THE STRIKE TO THE

TAKE DOWN.

WAY OUTSIDE.

WARD NOW BLEEDING FROM HIS

NOSE.

PARLO LEGALLY I MIGHT ADD,

GRINDING IN WITH HIS HEAD.

HEAVY PRESSURE STANDING CHEST

TO CHEST.

NO SPACE IN THIS POSITION.

THAT'S THE END OF ROUND 1.

YOU'RE STARTING REALLY GOOD.

KEEP COMING OVER THE TOP.

YOU SEE ALL HE'S GOT.

THAT'S ALL HE'S GOT.

WHEN HE GETS YOU AGAINST THE

CAGE YOU HAVE TO START GETTING

YOUR BACK OFF.

IT LOOKS LIKE HE'S PRESSURING

YOU.

HE'S TAKING OVER THE FIGHT

WITH THAT.

YOU CAN'T LET HIM WIN ROUNDS

STICKING HIS HEAD UNDER YOUR

CHIN.

ALL RIGHT?

YOU GET HIM AND REVERSE IT.

HOOK AND SPIN AND DRIVE HIM

DEEP.

THROW A KNEE.

THAT'S ALL.

I DON'T CARE IF YOU SIT THERE

UNTIL THE REF BREAKS IT APART

BUT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE

WINNING THE FIGHT DOING THAT.

ALL RIGHT?

NICE KICK BY PARLO.

NOT A LOT OF BIG STRIKES IN

THAT FIRST ROUND BUT TIGHT,

ACCURATE, OUTLANDING WARD,

DRAGGING HIM INTO ROUND 2 AND