Thanks to an Icelandic ash cloud and a 360-degree drop punch, there will be resolution after all to the awkward ending at BELLATOR 14 that saw the referee tap out for Ryan "The Tank Engine" Thomas. Ben "Funky" Askren had Thomas' neck contorted in a nasty modified anaconda choke, but Thomas had not yet tapped out before the referee intervened. Thomas was livid that the fight was stopped, but what was done, was done. Or maybe not. A not-so-simple twist of fate in the form of a volcanic eruption brought with it a shot at redemption for Thomas.
In mid-April, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland erupted, causing mass air travel disruptions across Europe. As a result, "Judo" Jim Wallhead was not able to get a flight to the United States to participate in his quarterfinal fight with Jacob "Tick Tock" McClintock at BELLATOR 15. So instead, Ryan Thomas was given a second chance. En route to a TKO victory, Thomas landed one of the most impressive strikes you'll ever see against McClintock. As McClintock was on the canvas with Thomas standing above him, Thomas did a 360 spin around McClintock's legs and dropped down a punch to his opponent's face. Ryan Thomas' second-chance victory has advanced him to the welterweight tournament semifinals, where he'll get a much-desired rematch with Ben Askren at BELLATOR 19.
COMPLETE BELLATOR 19 FIGHT CARD
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