Hallmann earns rave reviews in title-winning performance

Control Master lightweight Piotr Hallmann clinched the World Freefight Challenge 155-pound title with a stellar performance against Southeastern Europe’s number one lightweight, Vaso Bakocevic. Consequently, the international MMA media was full of praise for the young Polish fighter. Here are some excerpts:

Piotr Hallmann is the new WFC lightweight champion

“Polish MMA fighter Piotr Hallmann (11-1) of Mighty Bulls Gdynia won the lightweight belt of Balkan organizations Freefight World Challenge (WFC) on Sunday. The Pole won by technical knockout in the second round after a fierce fight against Montenegro’s Vaso Bakocevic in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. The duel was eventually decided after the beginning of the second round. In the first round, Hallmann had already gained the upper hand over the Montenegrin “Psychopath”. There were brief moments of danger due to Hallmann’s overly aggressive fighting style, but roughly a minute into the second round, the referee broke up the fighters and sent Bakocevic to the ring doctor. A moment later the decision was made that the fight had to be stopped as the cuts were too deep. Thus, the student of Grzegorz Jakubowski picked up the most important trophy of his career.” — Fightsport.pl

“Of the four title fights, the audience at Hala Tivoli was most impressed by the lightweight clash between Piotr Hallmann and Vaso Bakocevic. The Polish fighter already went up on the scorecards in the first round and just continued his devastating work in the second stanza, so referee Grant Waterman had no choice but to stop the fight.” — Žiga Švigelj, Fighter.si

“In a lightweight battle, Piotr Hallmann of Poland, the winner of the first Casino Fight Night Erfurt “Old School Tournament”, won the vacant strap after a commanding performance against Vaso Bakocevic from Montenegro. Hallmann had taken the fight on short notice for the injured Slovenian Bojan Kosednar. Hallmann was knuckled down early in the first round, but that seemed to wake him up and he took control of the fight standing up, before the referee had to stop the fight in the second due to a cut over Bakocevic’s eye in the second round.” — Jan Großöhmigen, Groundandpound.de

“Piotr Hallmann (11-1 in MMA) has added the title of WFC lightweight champion to his rich collection of trophies, stopping Vaso Bakocevic (11-2-1 in MMA) in the second round of the championship duel at gala WFC 17 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The student of Grzegorz Jakubowski began aggressively, attacking his opponent who provoken and shoved him at the weigh-ins. The Montenegrin countered, however, and a strong flail sent Hallmann to the canvas. Piotr quickly recovered and began smashing his rival with knees in the clinch as well as strikes and soccer kicks on the griznd. After the first five minutes, the advantage of one of the best Polish lightweights was not subject to discussion as Bakocevic tumbled back to the corner, bleeding from a cut above the eyebrow. In the second stanza, Hallmann connected with a few more strong blows, which convinced the English referee Grant Waterman to stop the fight because of the inability of Bakocevic to continue to fight.” — Piotr Meru, MMARocks.pl

“Everything but boring was a high-octane tilt for the vacant lightweight strap between Poland’s Piotr Hallmann and Montenegro’s Vaso Bakocevic. The 23-year-old “Psychopath” added fuel to the fire by shoving “Pletwal” at the weigh-ins, and that prompted the Jakubowski student to unleash a beating of epic proportions. The fight was a good reminder how much damage a well-rounded fighter can do using Pride rules. By the time the first round ended, Bakocevic stumbled back to his corner bloody and confused with a fractured nose and a nasty gash on his eyebrow. The 25-year-old Polish navy officer had used knees to the head on several occasions to turn the Montenegrin’s face into a crimson mask. Midway through the second round, the ring doctor had seen enough and rescued Bakocevic from permanent damage.” — Tim Leidecker, Sherdog.com

“Piotr Hallmann endured two knockdowns to become the new WFC lightweight champion in an action packed affair. Great heart was shown by both competitors, but a cut suffered by Vaso Bakocevic meant the bout had to be called to an end early in the second.” — Dean Parr, WFC.si

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