HAMMOND | It was a rough return for Lance Surma on Friday night.
Fighting for the first time in 17 months, Surma ran into elite-level prospect Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 112, and Caldwell had arguably his most impressive win to date at the Munster graduate’s expense.
Caldwell stopped Surma 50 seconds into their fight with a guillotine choke on the preliminary card at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
Caldwell, who won an NCAA wrestling title at North Carolina State in 2009, quickly took control of Surma along the cage, then managed to latch on to his neck. As he tried to drag Surma to the canvas, he torqued on the choke and forced the tap.
Surma was fighting for the first time since breaking his foot in the first round of his Hoosier Fight Club 12 bout against Ruddy Gray – a fight he went on to win despite the injury. Caldwell (4-0) stayed unbeaten as a pro, while Surma (2-1) suffered his first defeat in his Bellator debut.
Earlier on in the preliminary card, Bobby Reardanz was bloodied and battered throughout by Derek Loffer. Despite trying to rally in the third when Loffer seemed to tire, Reardanz went down to a unanimous decision sweep of the judges’ scorecards.
In the third, with Reardanz bloodied, he mounted a bit of a rally. But it was short-lived and Loffer had a unanimous decision sweep. Loffer (7-2) won for the second straight time, while Reardanz (8-13) lost his third straight, all for Bellator.
And Miguel Torres-trained Anthony Gomez dominated Jason Guida (19-28), the brother of UFC featherweight standout Clay Guida, for a unanimous decision. The win made Gomez (8-2) perfect in his last three, all under the Bellator banner on shows in Hammond.
Also on the card, HFC veteran Belal Muhammad took a close decision from A.J. Matthews .And in the opening round of the Season 10 welterweight tournament, HFC vet Nathan Coy beat Paul Bradley to move into the semifinals.