Jonas Bilharinho provokes, but falls in a game against his French rival and loses his Bellator debut

Brazilian has good moments, but is subject to takedowns by Yves Landy and ends up defeated in a split decision

Jonas Bilharinho provokes, but falls in a game against his French rival and loses his Bellator debut. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter

Jonas Bilharinho provokes, but falls in a game against his French rival and loses his Bellator debut. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter

The long-awaited debut of Jonas Bilharinho in Bellator It wasn't how the Brazilian imagined. In a fight marked by provocations and takedowns, the former LFA and Series Contender succumbed to Yves Landu's strategic game and lost in a split decision this Friday afternoon (17), in Paris, France. The featherweight (up to 65,7kg) was unable to silence the local fans and suffered his first defeat in the organization.

Former bantamweight champion (up to 61,2kg) of the Jungle Fight, Bilharinho arrived at Bellator with a record of 11 wins, three losses and one draw.

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The Brazilian, known for his devastating knockouts and for having been a sparring partner for José Aldo before the historic duel against Conor McGregor, sought to establish himself as one of the main names in the featherweight category and arrive with morale in the organization.

Yves Landu, in turn, has a record of 21 positive results and nine negative results in his career in the MMA professional.

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A promising start from Jonas Bilharinho, but falls set the pace

The fight started with Bilharinho trying to impose his rhythm with kicks to the ribs and a round kick. However, Landu quickly reacted, pinning the Brazilian against the fence and taking him to the ground. Fighting at home, the Frenchman dominated the half-guard position, but was surprised by a submission attempt from Jonas, which forced him to give up space.

Despite getting up, Bilharinho did not escape further falls. Landu, capitalizing on the opportunity, bombarded the Brazilian with stones from above, landing a knee in the ribs that made him feel the blow. With determination and determination, the former LFA got up and went for it, looking for the knockout with a round kick, but the round ended with provocations between the athletes.

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The second round was marked by continued provocations. Jonas started with a front kick and a strong right punch, but Yves intelligently controlled the pace of the fight and looked for the takedown. The Brazilian, attentive, defended the attempt and retaliated with a takedown of his own.

On the ground, Landu got on top and tried to finish Bilharinho with an attack on the arm, but the Brazilian resisted bravely. In an unusual moment, the Frenchman, still on the ground, provoked his rival with a cinematic-style lift.

In the decisive assault, the rival began with new takedown attempts, masterfully defended by Bilharinho. The Brazilian, tireless, intensified the provocations, trying to get the Frenchman out of his mind. Standing, the two fighters exchanged blows, alternating between good and bad moments.

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