St. Louis, Missouri – Steven Mann looked to be in store for an easy night before getting caught by a slick submission from Kyle Kurtz.
Bellator 145: Vengeance will take place November 6, 2015 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will air live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad. Steven Mann vs. Kyle Kurtz took place on the preliminary portion of the card which aired live on mmamad.com
Mann was controlling the contest early with sharp wrestling and grappling transitions. He was even able to gain full mount early in the round, allowing him to land some strong elbows before relinquishing the position and falling back into Kurtz’s guard along the cage. Mann would get sloppy, however, giving Kurtz an opportunity to steal the momentum.
Kurtz kept his composure under Mann’s pressure and was able to sneak in triangle choke attempt from his back shortly after the midway point of the match. After readjusting his legs, Kurtz was able to isolate the left arm and crank for a trianlge armbar. Mann was forced to tap at the 2:59 mark of the opening round.
Kyle Kurtz improves to 5-1 with the submission victory, with Steven Mann falling to 10-4 with his second consecutive loss in Bellator.