Prior to Bellator 272 main event Pettis Vs. Horiguchi a smaller fight showcased: Enkamp Vs. Crutchmer, Oliver Enkamp's Fighting Record Hung at 10-2-0, with a number 10 ranking Welterweight in this circuit.
It was a showdown of Karate Vs. Wrestling.
According to an interview with BBC, Enkamp looks back 5 years ago to his UFC career that fizzled out rather quickly with 2 consecutive losses against Nordine Taleb and Danny Roberts.
Recently Enkamp has had a 3 win streak in the Bellator circuit.
The fight went 3 rounds and was decided after 5 mins 30-27 in favor of Crutchmer.
Due to the fight ending in unanimous decision, it's hard to define whether sympathy should side with Oliver, and some of his fans believe he should have been declared the winner.
Oliver's Instagram Page Highlighted a Couple Seconds of the Fight.
It seems Enkamp was trying to gather sympathy for his loss by decision from his fans, and he used his brother Jesse Enkamp's Youtube popularity to rake in more view, comments, and sad emojis.
Jesse Enkamp, famous for his channel Karate Nerd, shared this video about the fight.
Oliver Enkamp shares his thoughts with an explanation video about a knee injury prior to the fight and how it led to his loss. He also said his back was locking up and the excuses keep pouring out. He said he could only do the exercise bike and to properly train.
His interview spews out crying about a rib injury during his training camp prior to the fight.
This is pretty embarrassing to watch after media interviews from media day in the week before, where he explained that he had no let lag, a perfect schedule, "so much energy at 6am every day", and how he went to sleep at 10 every night during the fight camp.
In an interview posted on Cageside Press he noted that he could finish a fight in any position, and touted his finishing ability.
Bellator 272 was Enkamps first match on the Bellator contract in USA, hopefully not the last.
Oliver Enkamp used way too many kicks, and the wrestler was able to grab them.
Oliver Enkamp practices Karate, and uses a blend of multiple styles as well as some grappling. It was just not effective enough against Crutchmer's wrestling skills.
The internet definitely has a soft spot for the Enkamp brothers. I'm personally excited to see how Oliver will come back to the circuit, and whether he will display more maturity in his fighting.
One thing about Old School Karate guys, is taking your loss and not making excuses. I think we'd like to see the attitude shift and a fire light under his training.
Kyle Crutchmer's fight story is here in this clip straight from Bellator. He explained his wrestling was much better, and that he was the best in the country for a while. He explained that he broke his hand in the second round but still won with take downs and ground and pound.
Kyle just beat a top 10 ranked fighter and said he deserves a spot in the rankings with only 1 loss.
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