Perfection is something all of us hope and dream to attain in life but it’s also something that few, if any, of us can actually realize.
The most common example of perfection in the sports world is the perfect game in baseball, where the starting pitcher retires 27 consecutive opposing batters in a regulation nine-inning game without allowing any to reach base in any manner.
There has not been a perfect game in Major League Baseball in over seven years.
Most recently, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners pitched a perfect game on Aug. 15, 2012, a 1-0 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Hernandez struck out 12 batters en route to the victory.
The Mariners also lost in a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox and Phillip Humber earlier that same year.
In football, a perfect season was attained by the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who posted a 14-0 record in the regular season en route to a victory against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
In MMA, having a perfect show is rarified air in and of itself.
A perfect show in MMA occurs when all fights on the card end in stoppages without a judges’ decision.
Saturday night, the crowd at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT were treated to such a show in Bellator 225.
The perfect card broken down:
All 14 fights on Bellator 225 ended in stoppages. Of those stoppages, eight occurred during the first round of the fight.
Seven of the fights ended in knockouts or TKOs.
The latest stoppage timewise on the card occurred during the Jon Manley vs. Thiago Reia prelim at a catchweight of 175 lbs.
Manley submitted Reia with a rear-naked choke at 4:47 into the final round.
As I was watching the undercard on Saturday night, I was impressed with how quickly the first few fights were stopped.
When the undercard ended after Nick Newell’s first-round arm-triangle choke submission of Corey Browning (the ninth stoppage en route to the perfect show), I seriously thought that Bellator had a shot at the perfecto.
With each main card fight, the tension that I was experiencing as a home viewer mounted even more.
Thankfully, no one was watching along with me at home on Saturday night so I couldn’t jinx it.
Right as the Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov main event in the Heavyweight division began, my tension reached its apex.
For me, it was similar to the tension experienced in a baseball dugout when a pitcher is on the brink of throwing a no-hitter or a perfect game where the players are all sitting on the bench too nervous to say a word.
With the second-round knockout of Mitrione by Kharitonov, the perfect show was complete.
It’s kind of sad, in my opinion, that the perfect show, which is now a strong contender for best MMA show of the year, was overshadowed by the game of the day in week zero of college football between Florida and Miami.
Now, don’t get me wrong, everybody who knows me knows I love football, but I also love MMA.
I believe Paramount Network should offer a rerun of this card in the coming weeks.
If you missed this card to watch football, you missed a hell of a card.
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