Gaston Bolanos breaks down nasty spinning back elbow that stole the show at Bellator 189

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THACKERVILLE, Okla. – In an action-packed MMA weekend, Gaston Bolanos made sure to add his name to the highlight reel thanks to his signature elbow of doom.

After returning to the win column in a major way with his first-round starching of Rick Gutierrez (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Friday’s Bellator 189 event, Bolanos (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) broke down the lead-up to the nasty spinning back elbow that, counting muay Thai fights, he believes has now knocked out seven opponents.

“I assumed he was going to either try to take me down right away from the start, or he was going to try to bum-rush me like he did,” Bolanos told MMAjunkie after the preliminary-card bout at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. “As soon as the first clinch ended and I kind of composed myself, I felt like I got control of it. Then after that, I started finding my rhythm, I started being myself again. And that’s when – after that head kick, boom, he threw the jab. I saw the jab coming, I kind of slipped. … That spinning back elbow happened, and that’s all she wrote.”

Here’s the finish (via Twitter):

Friday’s catchweight meeting involved a shorter camp for Bolanos, who’s now recovered from a submission loss to Brandon Laroco at Bellator 183 in September. But, clearly, it was quite a productive one.

“There are a lot of things that I was trying to do, that I was trying to change that weren’t really working out for me,” Bolanos said. “We just went back to being myself again. And that’s something we did a lot in this camp.”

Considering that Bolanos is fighting for a world title in muay Thai in two weeks, coming out unscathed after less than 80 seconds of cage time is certainly a welcome outcome.

But what if things hadn’t gone so smoothly?

“Big risk, big reward,” Bolanos said. “Here we go. Let’s go for the second one.”

To hear more from Bolanos, check out the video above.

And for more on Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Watch these brutal spinning back elbow, head kick KOs from Bellator 189 prelims

Tonight’s Bellator 189 event kicked off with a pair of brutal knockouts on the preliminary card.

In the opener of the card, which takes place at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla., with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, Gaston Bolanos (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) starched Rick Gutierrez (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a violent spinning back elbow finish.

Just a few minutes later, Mandel Nallo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) entered the cage and picked up the fastest stoppage in Bellator lightweight history, stopping Alec Williams (6-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a head-kick knockout in just 18 seconds.

If you missed either finish, check out the highlights below (via Twitter):

For complete coverage of Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2466 with Max Holloway, Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel, Gaston Bolanos

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Max Holloway, Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel, Gaston Bolanos and Simon Samano.

Holloway talked about his UFC featherweight title unification win over Jose Aldo and who his next opponent might be. Sonnen headlines the Bellator NYC pay-per-view against Wanderlei Silva next week at Madison Square Garden. Pichel beat Damien Brown this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110 in New Zealand. Bolanos, a Bellator MMA fighter and kickboxer, co-hosted the show in the studio, as did MMAjunkie assistant editor Simon Samano.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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