At their head-to-head confrontation, five-fight UFC veteran Sowma and Marks embraced. When the cage door closed behind them on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena, it was Sowma who scored a quick 1:09 knockout victory in the first round, which was no easy feat.
“Ronnie is really a friend of mine, so I was like, ‘Oh shoot, I have to end that for it to end. Then, Sowma told reporters. “Luckily the ref saw it quickly and stopped it. Pretty happy about that. …
“It is very difficult. I’ve known (Marks) for a few years. But this is work, this is our job, just business. He understands that too. We have come to an agreement with each other. Hey, that’s it. “
With his superior fighting ability and big wins in the bag, Sowma (7-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) hopes it will help put him in the Bellator heavyweight rankings.
“I think Ronny is a very big name,” Sowma said. “He was there for a while, there were a lot of fights. It definitely pushes me up a bit, at least close to the top 10. Top 10 soon? I’m not sure either.”
You can watch Sowma’s full post-match interview in the video above.