Choosing to pursue a combat sports career and be successful means a lot of sacrifice. The way regular folks get up and go to work every day professional combat sports athletes do the same, for very little money when they start out. Bellator 174 saw two experienced fighters fight their last fight and call it a career.
During the prelims Cody Pfister (13–6–1) announced his retirement after a first round submission win over Jonathan Gary (12–8–2). Pfister has fought in the UFC, King of the Cage and many other regional MMA promotions. Pfister is aware that his retirement from MMA caught a lot of people by surprise since he is only 26-years-old but he said he wants to try and focus on some other things in his life.
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Who knows, maybe I’ll be back.
— Cody Pfister
If Pfister does come back, Bellator may have dibs on his return since he seemed happy with his last fight in the promotion.
Also, Marloes Coenen (23–8) decided to end her career after not winning the inaugural featherweight title in her match with Julia Budd (10–2). While she fought a good fight the pressure Budd put on her when she was taken down did not allow her to work her submission game.
Coenen is one of the few women that not only lasted more than a few rounds with Cris “Cyborg” Justino but when she lost, she wanted a rematch. Coenen had some very wise words for those in the fight game; “There’s only one message that I want to give out to all the fighters out there and that’s please listen to your body.”
Not long after the announcement, Justino posted some kind words on social media about Coenen:
Overall Bellator 174 was a fantastic card with some very unique finishes and wins, see the main card results below:
Bellator 174 Main Card Results
Julia Budd (10–2) defeated Marloes Coenen (23–8) via TKO (punches) at 2:42 of round four.
Fernando Gonzalez (26–14) defeated Brandon Girtz (14–6) via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–27, 30–26).
Justin Wren (13–2) defeated Roman Pizzolato (8–9) via submission (arm triangle) at 2:35 of round one.
Rafael Lovato Jr. (5–0) defeated Charles Hackman (4–5) via TKO at 0:13 of round one.