Sabah Homasi wants bonus after 17-second KO in promotional return at Bellator 225

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Sabah Homasi doesn’t care about records. All he wants a bonus.

At Saturday’s Bellator 225, the former UFC welterweight returned to promotion’s cage for the first time since 2014. In just 17 seconds, Homasi (13-8 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) devastated opponent Micah Terrill (14-8 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a brutal series of fight-ending punches.

“The Punisher” has won back-to-back fights since his UFC departure in 2018. Uninterested in focusing on his past defeats, Homasi isn’t concerned about how his record looks on paper. For Homasi, it’s about turning hard work into results.

“I always say records are for DJs,” Homasi said. “Whether it’s boxing, MMA, or any combat sport, your record doesn’t really reset. It sticks with you throughout your whole career.

“In this competition, (it’s) just like professional teams. Let’s say they have a bad season. They regroup and they see the things they need to work on to get better. Then they can come back and come back stronger.”

A giant right hook was the blow which initiated the finishing sequence. While Terrill may have been out when he hit the canvas, Homasi was only focused on feeling the referee stop the fight.

“I’m not going to stop until the ref pulls me off,” Homasi said. “I threw the left hook behind it, but I threw the first one and saw him drop and I was following through with the left hook. If the right hand didn’t put him out, the left hook would have caught him.”

The only thing that could have made the win sweeter for Homasi? A post-fight bonus – which he’d have been eligible for if it was a UFC show. Bellator doesn’t hand out official fight-night bonuses.

“I just want a bonus, man,” Homasi said. “Where’s my bonus for that? That’s a $50,000 bonus right there. Don’t you think?”

Following his victory, Homasi took to the microphone to call out fellow Bellator 225 participant Austin Vanderford, who competed (and won) in the bout directly after his. In an ideal situation, Homasi hopes to return in October at Bellator’s return to Mohegan Sun.

“I’d like to fight again Oct. 26,” Homasi said. “That works for me. That’s a good date. Let me take a week off or something – not even. I’ll just get back in the gym and drill and pick it up. Then get back to work. I’m healthy and injury free, so I’m ready to go. If you need me to fight again tonight, I’ll do it.”

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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