Friday, August 27, 2010
Lisa Ward wins in Bellator
Here's the match video for Lisa Ward vs Aisling Daly from Last night's Bellator show in Kansas City. It was the final match in the first round of Bellator's 115lb tournament. Aisling was undefeated and known as a striker. Lisa is a highly experienced mat technician. She is a big step up in competition for Aisling. Obviously Lisa's strategy was to take Aisling down and neutralize her power. And that's what she did and Aisling never had an answer for for Lisa's grappling expertise. Some folks who don't like ground work would call this "Lay & Pray". I don't think so. You'll notice that the ref never stood them up because Lisa was very active. But she was never able to hook a submission because she was tired. And when Aisling got on top in round two, she wasn't effective and was warned for head butts, grabbing Lisa's shorts and was admonished by the ref for inactivity. Lisa's defense was outstanding. MMA is about one fighter imposing her will on the other and that's what Lisa did. So she recently married her trainer Eddie Ellis and they're going to Hawaii for their honeymoon. But when they return, she will face Megumi Fujii in the semi finals. A date has yet to be announced. Lisa lost to Megumi in 2007 and has been dying for a rematch. I doubt she'll use this same strategy against Megumi because of Megumi's transitions and quickness. I think it will be very interesting. Enjoy the video!