19-Year-Old Bellator Lightweight 9-3-0
March 16, 2018 Zach Freeman News
RotoWire Fantasy Analysis
Freeman will withdraw from Bellator 197 after suffering an undisclosed injury, Alexander Lee of MMAFight.com reports.
Freeman will be replaced by Derek Anderson following the injury -- he was set to fight Zak Bucia. He last fought at Bellator 186 and lost to Saad Awad by way of TKO. It's unclear how long Freeman will remain out.
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Fantasy AnalysisFreeman came into this fight looking to score a second consecutive upset. In his Bellator debut, he stoppaged prospect Aaron Pico in only 24 seconds. However, Freeman could not make lightning strike twice against Awad. Freeman landed some solid leg kicks early, but when Awad wanted to strike he landed hard and finished the fight. Freeman falls to 9-3 overall at 1-1 in Bellator.
Fantasy AnalysisThe lead up to this fight was all about Pico. He was the top prospect, and Freeman was simply the opponent. Well that all ended when the opening bell rang. Pico came across the cage. Freeman landed a hard uppercut that stunned Pico. Freeman then locked on a tight guillotine that finished the fight. Obviously, the promotion was likely not planning bringing back Freeman after this fight, but now he moves to 9-2 as a professional and he could continue to shock the world.