Saturday, March 31, 2012
Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Munah Holland vs Marianna Kheyfets
Here's a fight from last night's Bellator show that you might have missed because it was on the prelims on the Spike TV website. It features 125lb prospects Munah Holland vs Marianna Kheyfets. Munah is a pro boxer attempting to transition to MMA with mixed success. She's 37 years old which I believe is a little old for an MMA newcomer. Marianna has fought for the XFC in Florida. She was undefeated coming into this fight. But she was losing her last fight against Heather Clark when an accidental elbow cut Heather over the eye and the doctor had to stop the fight. Marianna told Bellator announcer Sean Wheelock she planned to keep the fight standing. I'm not crazy about that strategy against a boxer. Round one was fairly even until Marianna took Munah down near the end of the round. She didn't do much but it was enough to win the round. Munah asserted herself much better in round two and Marianna seemed very tentative. It looked like she was concerned about Munah's power. Munah knocked her down twice and then let her up both times. With less than 30 seconds left in the round, Munah knocked Marianna out with a right hand. So Munah got away with letting her up twice. But it shows me she is uncomfortable with MMA and is still just a boxer. Those mistakes would have cost her against better competition. I wasn't impressed with either fighter. Here's the video.