Matt "Machine" Bienia came up short on his Lightweight Amateur Title defense at Reality Fighting 102 Saturday, January 5, 2019. His opponent, Eddie George, is a dynamic striker with a wrestling background on a two fight win streak going into this bout. At the start of the match, the two began measuring their distance on the ‘outside.’ Things heated up quickly and the two exchanged blows in the center of the cage. Matt drove Eddie to the fence, but Eddie quickly reversed position and escaped back out to the center. Matt pressed forward and the two engaged again, with Matt executing a ’Thai Plum’ where he placed his hands on the back of George’s head to break his posture in order to strike or execute a take-down. Eddie kept his posture and landed a couple of close range punches, stunning Matt with a big left on the side of the head. Matt fell back and appeared to be able to continue, but the referee stopped the bout. Matt immediately stood up and protested, along with the majority of the Mohegan Sun Arena crowd, but the match was over. It’s difficult to say whether it would have changed the outcome, but the stoppage was viewed as premature for fighters at the top of the amateur MMA food chain.
Matt is scheduled to defend his ’Cage Titans’ lightweight belt on Saturday, January 26. This was scheduled to be against submission specialist Dion Rubio of Rhode Island, but he is now out with an injury. The promoter is currently looking for another opponent for another match for this at the Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA.
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