Hawaii’s Ty Gwerder and Keoni Diggs were each victorious at Bellator 246, which was held in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Gwerder improved to 5-1 in his professional MMA career with a third-round TKO over Tuco Tukkos during a middleweight bout on the undercard.
“This victory means everything. Coming off a loss back in my hometown. That really burned a hole in my soul. I needed to get that back. This one if for all of Hawaii and everyone who supports me and loves me. That’s all it is,” Ty Gwerder said following his win on Saturday night.
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Diggs improved to 9-0 with a submission victory over Derek Campos in the first fight of the main card. Diggs closed out the lightweight bout with a rear-naked choke with one second remaining in the third and final round. It was the first main card appearance for Diggs during his Bellator career.
“This means a lot. I get to go back home with two checks. Biggest win of my career. Like I said, I just want to make everybody proud. It’s cool how everything is coming full circle,” Diggs said during a post-fight interview, “This was a really big fight for me, but it definitely couldn’t replace fighting at home in front of all my fans, in front of my family. That means everything to me.”
The main card of Bellator 246 closes with the men’s bantamweight championship fight between Juan Archuleta and Patchy Mix.