Dangerous 'lunchbox hands' aside, learning to accept decisions was key for Bellator's Amanda Bell

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After a an undefeated 2014, Amanda Bell went through a couple rough years before finally getting herself back on track in 2017.

But the recovery came in style. After a King of the Cage win over Gabrielle Holloway in February, Bell earned her ticket into Bellator’s 145-pound division. And unlike what happened in her ultimately unsuccessful Invicta FC debut in 2013, which also happened to be Bell’s first pro fight, this time she was able to make the most out of her welcome into a big promotion.

The manner in which Bell (5-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) beat Brittney Elkin (3-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Bellator 181 was in line with her preference: a second-round TKO. But as it turns out, the key to get to yet another finish lay exactly in not getting too attached to the idea of it.

“One way or another, I’ve learned to be more patient,” Bell told MMAjunkie Radio. “If I can finish it with my ground-and-pound, great, but there’s people who have become smart to it. Or there are people like me, who have a great defense against any kind of punches coming down on them. I used to let it frustrate me.

“But I’ve learned to just feel like, if they’re not open in this position, then find a way to open them up and then start raining punches down. I just had to learn to slow it down a little bit and, again, be OK with being in there for three, four rounds, however long I have to be in there.”

The featherweight, who hadn’t been able to fight more than once a year since 2014,  is now riding a two-fight streak following the consecutive Invicta FC losses to champ Megan Anderson and Faith Van Duin. And her way back into a winning path was earned, incidentally, with the first decision of her career.

Still, she hasn’t lost sight of what makes her game unique. And that is something that she believes all of her opponents, win or lose, have caught a glimpse of at some point in their battles.

“I’m a beast, dude,” Bell said. “You ask anybody – anybody who got stuck underneath my ground-and-pound, even for a moment. It scares them. It does. My manager jokes – he says, ‘When you get on top of them and start throwing those lunchbox hands, it hurts.’

“I think just having the balance and the strength to have the devastating ground-and-pound has always been my calling.”

For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2488 with Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell.

Shields and Harrison compete on July 29 at “PFL: Everett” vs. Danny Davis Jr. and Steven Rodriguez, respectively. Bell is coming off a win at Bellator 181 this past Friday, defeating Brittney Elkin via TKO.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Kurt Holobaugh, Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Kurt Holobaugh, Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell.

Holobaugh defeated Matt Bessette on July 11 at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1.” Shields fights Danny Davis Jr. and Harrison meets Steven Rodriguez on July 29 at “PFL: Everett.” Bell defeated Brittney Elkin on Friday at Bellator 181.

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Bellator 181 sees Brittney Elkin step in to face Amanda Bell, Katy Collins vs. Bruna Vargas added

Featherweight prospect Brittney Elkin is set to make her Bellator debut on Friday night at “Bellator 181: Campos vs. Girtz 3” in Thackerville, Okla.

Elkin (3-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) steps in on short notice to face Amanda Bell (4-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a rematch from April 2014. Bell’s original opponent for Friday’s card, Alexis Dufresne, withdrew from the event due to undisclosed reasons, leaving an opportunity for Elkin to sign on for her most high-profile fight to date.

Also confirmed for the Bellator 181 preliminary card is a flyweight matchup between proven finisher Katy Collins (6-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and highly-touted Brazilian Bruna Vargas (2-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), who seeks redemption after dropping her Bellator debut this past year.

MMAjunkie recently confirmed the updated fight bookings with Bellator officials.

Elkin has won two of her past three fights, including a decision victory over Bellator contender Gabrielle Holloway. The Colorado native makes a quick return to action after scoring a first-round TKO win two weeks ago under the Sparta Combat League banner.

Bell halted a two-fight losing skid by defeating Holloway in a February bout for King of the Cage, which earned her a Bellator contract and a spot on Friday’s card. She will look to make it two-for-two against Elkin, whom she submitted with a second-round rear-naked choke in the pair’s first meeting three years ago.

Collins racked up a stellar five-fight winning streak – including four first-round stoppages – leading into her bout with top Bellator flyweight contender Emily Ducote at Bellator 174 in March, but she succumbed to a Ducote rear-naked choke very late in the opening round.

Like her opponent, Vargas also looks to get back in the win column after suffering a loss to Ducote at Bellator 159. She has not fought in almost a full year, but plans to get back into contention in Bellator’s ever-expanding 125-pound women’s division with a win on Friday.

In addition to the Elkins-Bell and Collins-Vargas preliminary-card bouts, Bellator 181 includes a main-card flyweight showdown between the aforementioned Ducote (5-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) and promotional mainstay Jessica Middleton (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA).

The Bellator 181 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz
  • Kendall Grove vs. John Salter
  • Emily Ducote vs. Jessica Middleton
  • Steve Garcia vs. Joe Warren


  • Romero Cotton vs. Aaron Rodriguez
  • Rafael Lovato vs. Mike Rhodes
  • Justin Lawrence vs. Treston Thomison
  • Valentin Moldavsky vs. Carl Seumanutafa
  • Jordan Howard vs. Johnny Marigo
  • Andre Fialho vs. A.J. Matthews
  • Amanda Bell vs. Brittney Elkin
  • Kemmyelle Haley vs. Logan Storley
  • William Florentino vs. Jonathan Gary
  • E.J. Brooks vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos
  • Katy Collins vs. Bruna Vargas
  • Guillermo Gonzalez vs. Fernando Trevino

For more on Bellator 181, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie