Billy Goff wore down Robson Gracie on the feet, earning a second-round TKO victory at Bellator 254 on Thursday, Dec. 10.
Facing the youngest brother of Renzo Gracie, Goff defended the Brazilian’s attempt to take the fight to the ground. Goff showed he preferred landing brutal elbows as Gracie came in to close the distance.
“That’s the thing he wanted to grab me and get close, so you’re getting right into where I want to be,” Goff said.
“These hurt a lot more than you think. More than knees, more than kicks, elbows are what breaks your bones. That’s what’s going to do damage, that’s what is going to put you out.”
🤜💥@BilliamGoff brought the hellbows tonight!
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— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) December 11, 2020
Goff dominated round one on the feet, getting the better of the exchanges. Goff defended all of Gracie’s takedown attempts and even gained top control later in the first.
The second round was all Goff as he backed Gracie up the cage, landing a flurry of punches.
Goff earned his second-career TKO victory, improving to 3-2. It is his first victory in over a year. His last win was his last fight for Bellator, a unanimous decision nod against Ryan Hardy Evans at Bellator 215 in February 2019.
After competing in his home state of Connecticut on Thursday, Goff is already scheduled to return to work on Friday.
Goff made Gracie fight his way, dropping the previously undefeated welterweight to 3-1.
“Every time we went down, I had control. he didn’t pull me into guard, he didn’t close guard, he didn’t throw submissions,” Everything that happened, I had control of and that felt good.”
Following the fight, Goff spoke to MyMMANews and other media outlets to discuss his co-main event victory. You can see his full post-fight press conference in the video above.
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