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Jeremy Kennedy traps Emmanuel Sanchez on the ground to get the win at Bellator 272.
It was a statement win for Bellator featherweight competitor Jeremy Kennedy at Bellator 272, as he smothered Emmanuel Sanchez on the ground to earn a choice win.
It was a grappling fight from start to complete between Kennedy and Sanchez, as both men came close to protecting submissions throughout the bout. It was Kennedy who was the more active fighter with his takedowns and ground-and-pound attack.
Sanchez nearly secured a triangle choke in the preliminary, but Kennedy had the ability to eject of it and avoid the submission. Sanchez also had him in a guillotine in the closing seconds of the fight, however Kennedy popped his go out of it and kept the pressure on.
After three rounds, the judges gave Kennedy the unanimous decision win as he had the ability to rebound after a difficult loss in his previous getaway.
Jeremy Kennedy could be a dark horse in the Bellator featherweight division
Bellator 272 happened on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Follow in addition to FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.
Sanchez went into Bellator 272 in desperate need of a win after losing back-to-back battles to Mads Burnell and former featherweight champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Hes been a pillar contender in the featherweight division but has actually constantly fallen short of the Bellator title.
Kennedy had actually impressed after an up-and-down period in the PFL and Brave CF. Despite a recent loss to Adam Borics at Bellator 256, he put on a dominant performance against Matt Bessette at Bellator 253 and proved he belonged.
Its uncertain what might happen with the featherweight title, as the champion AJ McKee has been non-committal about his future at 145 pounds. If he winds up leaving the title, Kennedy might be on the brink of a possible title shot quicker rather than later.