Going into Bellator 266, fight fans had no idea what to expect from Phil Davis and Yoel Romero.
With former Bellator champion Davis coming off a decision loss to champion Vadim Nemkov, he was in desperate need of a victory to maintain his place in the light heavyweight rankings. Similarly, Romero was looking to get back into the win column after coming up short to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in their lackluster fight at UFC 248.
But after 15 minutes of grueling action, it was Davis’ wrestling that proved to be the deciding factor en route to a split decision.
Here’s how the rest of his fellow fighters reacted to his victory inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Phil Davis edges Yoel Romero
Davis just put on a great fight against a legend #Bellator266— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) September 19, 2021
This is the Phil Davis we all thought he could be !— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) September 19, 2021
Hell yeah @PhilMrWonderful!!! #Bellator266 pic.twitter.com/hsQnD92LXe— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) September 19, 2021
Yoel looks like the Rampage came to Bellator— T. Edwards (@tango_mma) September 19, 2021
@PhilMrWonderful legend pic.twitter.com/rItMBByx7c— Emiliano Sordi (@emilianosordi) September 19, 2021
Yoel waste a lot of movements— Mike "Biggie" Rhodes (@TeamRocBiggie) September 19, 2021
Phil dominated— Mike "Biggie" Rhodes (@TeamRocBiggie) September 19, 2021
Neiman Gracie knocks out Mark Lemminger
Congrats @NeimanGracie !! Huge KO @BellatorMMA @rvcasport @RVCA— Kai Kamaka III (@kaiboikamaka) September 19, 2021
DeAnna Bennett edges Alejandra Lara
Congrats Puddles on the victory!!! If you want to know why I call @DeAnnaDBennett that .... ASK AWAY!!#Bellatormma https://t.co/RawShrZXBU— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) September 19, 2021
Saul Rogers defeats Georgi Karakhanyan
Saul Rogers just dominated. Congrats my boy @MmaSanford @Saul_Rogers— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) September 19, 2021
Ben Parrish knocks out Christian Edwards vs.
Hell yea Tuna! https://t.co/VG2KkyAAIq— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) September 19, 2021
Wow!! Beautiful KO. #Bellatormma— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) September 19, 2021
If I’m gonna lose $600 in my parlays let it be to this man.. https://t.co/pUfUk6Cu2Y— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125) September 19, 2021