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Corey Beats Mann, Advances in Bellator Tourney

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Team Curran’s Mike Corey smothered and beat up Ronnie Mann, soundly defeating him to advance to the semifinals of the Bellator featherweight tournament.

Corey ate a head kick early in round one and then was knocked down near the halfway point of the round, but got up and kept moving forward against Mann. Corey scored a takedown with :35 left in the round and scored some points with some excellent ground and pound. Both fighters scored knockdowns in the round.

Corey had a bit more bounce in his step to begin the second round, and scored another takedown with about three minutes left in the round. Corey held top position and just like the end of round one, started landing some shots as the round came to an end. Mann spent the time on his back hunting for Corey’s arms. He got it once but Corey worked his way out of it, never in any serious danger. Corey won the round convincingly.

Corey dominated round three, continuing his ground and pound attack on Mann, battering him repeatedly and defending Mann’s sub attempts. It was an easy round to score for Corey.

Corey won via unanimous decision, 29-28 on all three cards, and he advances to the semifinals of the Bellator featherweight tournament. “It’s just gonna get harder, but it’s what I’m here to do, so I’m happy about it,” said Corey.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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