The fight didn’t unfold the way Arlington’s Ky Bennett anticipated.
Paris, France’s Deborah Kouzmin controlled Bennett against the fence virtually the whole way through the 15-minute fight to secure a unanimous decision victory at Bellator 218 on Friday at WinStar World Casino and Resort.
Kouzmin also defeated Bennett in April 2017.
“We don’t want hugs and kisses, we want blood and stitches,” was the chant from the crowd at one point late in the fight, as the action simply wasn’t quite up to snuff for the rowdy patrons.
Kouzmin had Bennett pressed up against the cage for most of the first round, with each getting in their fair share of knees to the stomach.
When they weren’t in the clinch you could see Bennett’s affection for wanting to box at a younger age. She let her hands loose and connected on three occasions within the first four minutes.
Ultimately, though, Kouzmin’s ability to control Bennett against the cage gave her the round.
The second round saw much of the same as Bennett struggled to break free from Kouzkin’s grasp against the cage. The fight stayed there virtually the whole round, which meant Bennett needed a monster third and final round to get her revenge.
When Bennett had the opportunity to let her hands fly she connected. She just didn’t do it enough to alter the judge’s opinion.