Michele Martignoni tied for fastest knockout in Bellator history; here's the other

During a busy weekend of MMA, you may have missed this record-setter at Bellator 203.

Saturday’s event, which aired via same-day delay on Paramount, took place at Foro Italico in Rome and included a handful of MMA bouts that accompanied a full kickboxing slate. It also followed Bellator 202 on Friday and aired at the same time as UFC Fight Night 133.

So, there’s a pretty solid chance you didn’t see the Bellator 203 main-card opener, which lasted just six seconds – but had one impressive post-fight celebration.

Michele Martignoni (5-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), an Italian bantamweight, made his Bellator debut in memorable fashion after tagging Simone D’Anna (4-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with an early head kick. Here’s the impressive knockout (via Twitter):

As MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn details in his post-Bellator 203 facts, Martignoni’s six-second knockout tied the company record for the fastest knockout in Bellator history. Hector Lombard’s finish of Jay Silva at Bellator 18 in 2010 also came in just six seconds.

Lombard was the Bellator middleweight champ at the time, but he met late replacement Silva in a non-title 190-pound catchweight fight. Just a few punches later, the fight was waved off (via YouTube):

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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