Mike Hamel’s first Bellator finish was worth the wait.
On the preliminary card of Bellator 293 on Friday, Hamel needed just 42 seconds to land a head kick that had Nick Browne reeling en route to a first-round knockout.
Watch the fantastic finish here.
It took Hamel a few moments to find his range, but when he did, he landed a high kick square on Browne’s chin. The blow visibly rocked Browne, prompting him to instinctively shoot in for a takedown, but this just left him open to follow-up punches from Hamel. After Browne absorbed a few more hard shots, referee Frank Trigg stepped in for the stoppage.
Browne protested Trigg’s call, which came at 0:42 of Round 1.
Hamel won his third straight fight after dropping decisions in his first two Bellator appearances. He finishes a fight for the first time since January 2017.
Browne has now lost two straight.