Last updated on December1 , 2019.
At the time of writing this, Tywan Claxton had just competed in his professional debut over in Bellator, and he definitely put an exclamation mark on it! His opponent, Jonny ‘John Wayne’ Bonilla-Bowman, was on the wrong side of things, after entering into the fight with a 1-0 pro record, he left at an even 1-1.
Update: Since then, Tywan has continued to rip through Bellator, going undefeated in his first 5 fights before suffering a loss in September at Bellator 226. Still, 5-1 is a great start.
That’s one of the interesting things about Bellator, you can keep an eye on guys from the very start of their career. It’s super rare to see anyone making their pro debut in the UFC, as a comparison, as the UFC wants guys to prove themselves more before getting a spot on the big show. Sometimes, it means we see some pretty sloppy amateur-level fights in Bellator, but sometimes it leads to incredible knockouts like the one you’re about to witness… and just for the record, this guy definitely proved himself.
Tywan soared through the air before making a clean connection on this flying knee. We’ve all seen Superman Punches, is there a such thing as a Superman Knee?
“Half the time, I really don’t know how to control it,” the 24-year-old said, as per MMAJunkie. “Like, I almost went over (his opponent’s) head. But it’s fun to warm up with it, though. I’ll tell you that much.”
Watch Tywan Claxton’s KO for yourself:
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 3, 2017
The good folks over at CSF have pointed out that Claxton vs Pico would be a great fight to see, and we couldn’t agree more, although Bellator does risk dampening the shine of one of their up and coming prospects, but at the same time it would be a great opportunity to develop both fighters, and MMA isn’t about protecting people into having perfect records, it’s about pushing fighters to be the best they can possibly be, and that means taking on challenges.
Claxton definitely wants the fight, he sent tampons over to Pico’s gym to get his attention:
“Look, the thing with Pico is, if you send a man tampons to his gym and he doesn’t respond, you can’t say too much more because then you become a bully, and I’m not big on being a bully,” he said. “So I kind of backed off the Aaron Pico situation.
“If he ever wants to fight and prove his manhood, then let’s do it. If he doesn’t want to fight, I’m not going to pressure him to fight me. It kind of is what it is with him. I just thought that he was getting the hype, and I told him that was my hype, and I was going to take it.”
We’re liking this Tywan Claxton guy more and more by the minute. His next fight is on December 20th where he’s looking to go 6-1 against his undefeated opponent Braydon Akeo (who is 1-0.)