Primus snapped to it after taking a flurry of elbows from Bungard and grappled his way to a first-round submission, picking up his second win since the loss of the title to Michael Chandler in December 2018.
The ex-champ put Bungard, who missed weight for the bout, on the bottom in mount and then secured back control. Although he didn’t have the rear-naked choke in place, his strength was such that Scot Bungard tapped to a face crank at the 1:55 mark of the opening frame.
It was another impressive finish for Primus after a gogoplata finish of Tim Wilde put him back in the win colum this past May.
SBG product Kiefer Crosbie got all he could handle over three rounds with Iamik Furtado. But late surges in the first and third frames pushed him over the edge on judges’ scorecards.
Crosbie took home 29-28 scores on two of three cards, picking up his second consecutive win and improving his Bellator record to 4-1.
Crosbie’s ground work saved him from trouble after a body shot hurt him in the opening round, and again in the final frame after going toe to toe with Furtado.
After getting submitted in her Bellator debut, former bare-knuckle boxing champ Bec Rawlings made sure she did her homework on the mat.
That was the right plan against Elina Kallionidou, who peppered Rawlings with hard punches and took her to the brink of exhaustion over three rounds.
As Rawlings found out, final impressions mean a lot. Ending the second and third rounds with near-submissions, she went up on judges’ scorecards by a tally of 30-27 twice and 29-28.
Ricky Bandejas stuns Frans Miambo after tough start
A caught kick provided a short window for Bandejas, and he used it to devastating effect when he landed a short punch that sent SBG product Mlambo to the canvas at the 1:25 mark of the second round.
Mlambo had given Bandejas trouble throughout the first round, using his range to repeatedly score with punches and kicks at distance. A right hand sat Bandejas on the canvas late in the opening frame, and Mlambo came close to cinching a rear-naked choke. But Mlambo’s confidence proved to be his undoing.
Enkamp came out with spinning stuff, but initially, it looked like he really preferred a grappling match. Several takedown drives gave the impression he valued his ground work over that of Lewis Long. Choke attempts kept him honest, and he eventually had to slug it out.
Unfortunately for Long, there was more spinning stuff in store. Long walked right into a backfist that sent him to the canvas, and Enkamp took the knockout at the 4:10 mark of the opening frame.