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Dangerous ‘lunchbox hands’ aside, learning to accept decisions was key for Bellator’s Amanda Bell


After a an undefeated 2014, Amanda Bell went through a couple rough years before finally getting herself back on track in 2017.

But the recovery came in style. After a King of the Cage win over Gabrielle Holloway in February, Bell earned her ticket into Bellator’s 145-pound division. And unlike what happened in her ultimately unsuccessful Invicta FC debut in 2013, which also happened to be Bell’s first pro fight, this time she was able to make the most out of her welcome into a big promotion.

The manner in which Bell (5-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) beat Brittney Elkin (3-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Bellator 181 was in line with her preference: a second-round TKO. But as it turns out, the key to get to yet another finish lay exactly in not getting too attached to the idea of it.

“One way or another, I’ve learned to be more patient,” Bell told MMAjunkie Radio. “If I can finish it with my ground-and-pound, great, but there’s people who have become smart to it. Or there are people like me, who have a great defense against any kind of punches coming down on them. I used to let it frustrate me.

“But I’ve learned to just feel like, if they’re not open in this position, then find a way to open them up and then start raining punches down. I just had to learn to slow it down a little bit and, again, be OK with being in there for three, four rounds, however long I have to be in there.”

The featherweight, who hadn’t been able to fight more than once a year since 2014,  is now riding a two-fight streak following the consecutive Invicta FC losses to champ Megan Anderson and Faith Van Duin. And her way back into a winning path was earned, incidentally, with the first decision of her career.

Still, she hasn’t lost sight of what makes her game unique. And that is something that she believes all of her opponents, win or lose, have caught a glimpse of at some point in their battles.

“I’m a beast, dude,” Bell said. “You ask anybody – anybody who got stuck underneath my ground-and-pound, even for a moment. It scares them. It does. My manager jokes – he says, ‘When you get on top of them and start throwing those lunchbox hands, it hurts.’

“I think just having the balance and the strength to have the devastating ground-and-pound has always been my calling.”

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