Richie Smullen returned to the Bellator cage in emphatic fashion, scoring a beautifully manoeuvred submission victory over Sean Tobin in Dublin.
As soon as the opening bell sounded it was vintage Richie Smullen as he secured the takedown within the contest’s first thirty seconds, something that signalled the beginning of the end for Limerick’s Sean Tobin.
From there on out it was a display of complete and utter dominance from the Arklow-native as he sliced through his opponent’s defenses – testing the waters with several submission attempts before eventually securing a hard-fought rear-naked choke to end things in the first round, leaving his opponent unconscious.
With that victory, Smullen moves to 5-1-1 as a professional and 2-0 as a Bellator fighter, something that will no doubt help in putting memories of his unfortunate difficulties with illnesses during his trip to the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter house to bed once and for all.
Earlier in the week, he spoke to Pundit Arena and explained his desire to win in spectacular fashion – citing his February outing against Adam Gustab as an example of a more hesitant performance than we would perhaps be accustomed to.
If a win like that doesn’t cut the mustard, we’re not exactly sure what will!