Khadzhi Bestaev (11-4) defeats Ty Gwerder (5-3) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
via MMA Junkie:
The fans at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., seemed surprised to hear Khadzhi Bestaev’s name called as the winner against Ty Gwerder. Bestaev (11-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who was making his promotional debut, took a unanimous decision from Hawaii’s Gwerder (5-3 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) on the preliminary card. All three judges gave Bestaev the second and third rounds. Gwerder took the first round thanks to a big head kick that put Bestaev on the canvas. But Gwerder couldn’t finish him, and ultimately that cost him.
Khadzhi Bestaev had this to say following a successful BELLATOR debut:
“He was bigger than me and very tough, but I knew he was going to gas out. He started gassing out in the second or third round, but I’m still surprised by the decision. I thought it was a draw or maybe a split-decision. But I have to see the fight. In my head, he kicked and punched me so many times so hats off to him. He didn’t give up. I just dropped him a couple of times and that was the difference.”
Listen to Bestaev’s post-fight interview below.
Photo CREDIT: BELLATOR MMA / LUCAS NOONAN