'Pikeman' taps out
Heartbreak for Wexford’s Brian Moore
The biggest fight of his life didn't produce the desired result for a gallant Brian 'The Pikeman' Moore in the 3Arena on Friday night last as the Wexford man went down to a submission in the first round of his Bellator 169 featherweight bout with German veteran Daniel Weichel.
Moore, at short notice, pounced at the opportunity to face-off against an experience campaigner in Weichel, his first ever at Bellator level (a small step down from the UFC juggernaut) when the Bavarian's scheduled opponent Paul Redmond pulled out of the contest.
Not that The Pikeman wasn't ready. Moore has been hard at work, training for his shot at a quality opponent since his impressive TKO victory over Mick Brennan in BAMMA 24 back in February.
Weichel, who was knocked out in a Bellator Featherweight title bout against Brazilian Patrício Freire back in June 2015, clearly didn't take 'The Pikeman' lightly, knowing a victory was vital to get back into a position to have another title crack.
Further warning was served by Moore when he came out swinging with a couple of powerful left hands that just missed the mark. After rebuffing the early advances, No. 2 ranked Weichel tied up the Wexford man and connected with a knee to the midriff.
The German pinned Moore against the cage only for 'The Pikeman' to flip him and land a forearm.
Back shadowing, a slip from the home fighter didn't halt Moore, who continued on the front foot until Weichel countered a Moore attack with two minutes of the opening round to go.
From that point on Weichel controlled the bout with Moore expending energy trying to evade 'The Weasel' on the deck. In an impossible position in the German's arm triangle Moore tapped out with sheer disappointment written all over his face 4:44 into the opening round.
The defeat was just Moore's fifth in fourteen fights, the first by submission. It was also the first time in his MMA career that the Wexford man, fighting out of John Kavanagh's Straight Blast Gym, has lost a bout earlier than the third round.
This latest disappointment for 29-year old means his dream of mixing it with the big boys of the UFC drifts a little further away. However, the honest Moore is not one to give up lightly, he's setting his sights on further Bellator bouts with the attainable aim of becoming Ireland's first champion.