Bellator 48 Fight Card and predictions
Bellator 48 is tonight. TONIGHT! I’m excited. Pat Curran and Marlon Sandro are gonna put on a show, I’m positive of this. Overall the whole card is interesting and should be entertaining. As with many events, it’s time for predictions. My picks are in green. Enjoy.
Featherweight Tournament Final: Pat Curran vs. Marlon Sandro
This is the hardest fight of the night to call. Pat Curran is phenomenal, and Marlon Sandro is a beast. A B E A S T. Curran was last season’s Light Weight Tournament winner losing to Current LW champ Eddie Alvarez, he is looking to rebound from that defeat by winning the Featherweight title this season, a big accomplishment if he pulls it off. Sandro is a former Sengoku champ with big power in his hands and a sick ground game. Curran is a powerhouse of wrestling, takedowns and ground n pound. Unable to take the fight to Alvarez last season, I expect Curran to put all kinds of pressure on Sandro, to make a statement with his win to current Featherweight Champ Joe Warren. Sandro has put on some good fights through the tournament, yet he hasn’t reached the level we are used to seeing him compete at, I’m thinking this fight will bring out the absolute best in Sandro. As much as I want to call it for Sandro, I feel wrestling will be the key to this fight. Curran’s superior wrestling and relentless takedowns will seal the deal for him I believe. I’m calling Pat Curran for the win.
Heavyweight bout: Cole Konrad vs. Paul Buentello
Cole Konrad is the current Bellator HW Champ, this is not a title fight. Bellator does not allow title fights in any weight class unless it’s a tournament winner. In other words, you fight the tournament, then you fight the Champ for the title. That’s why I love Bellator, it’s all about excitement and action. With that said, Paul Buentello is an ex UFC vet and the onetime StrikeForce champ, losing his belt to Overeem. Given his pedigree I think most people might lean toward Buentello, I am not one of those. Cole Konrad trains out of Death Clutch, Brock Lesnar’s gym for those of you who may not know. He is a great wrestler with speed, youth and size on his side. He won the tournament to become the first Bellator HW champ against some solid competition. That alone gives him the edge in my book. I call Cole Konrad for the win.
Heavyweight bout: Ricco Rodriguez vs. Seth Petruzelli
My Editor calls this fight ‘marshmellowy goodness’, I can’t quite agree with his enthusiasm. Ricco Rodriguez at one point was something to behold in the heavyweight division, a onetime UFC HW champ, he allowed drugs to takeover for awhile. He’s on an impressive win streak, however I’m not sure if he hasn’t passed his best day in the cage due to his past lifestyle. Petruzelli is most known for his very quick KO of Kimbo Slice, which ultimately led to the end of EliteXc on CBS. Petruzelli is sponsored tonight by our affiliate Tri-Coasta Clothing which makes me want to root for him, however he is a natural LHW moving up to HW again for this bout. I think Ricco’s chin and leg kicks will seal the deal for Petruzelli. I call Ricco Rodriguez for the win.
Lightweight bout: Juan Barrantes vs. Renê Nazare
I’m not familiar with either of these fighters yet, which is why I love Bellator so much. I get introduced to quality fighters more often than not. Based upon little information about Juan Barrantes, I have to go with the undefeated Rene Nazare. Rene Nazare for the win.
Local Feature Fights
Featherweight bout: Saul Almeida vs. Tateki Matsuda
Welterweight bout: Brett Oteri vs. Ryan Quinn
Lightweight bout: Andrew Calandrelli vs. Matt Nice
Light Heavyweight bout: Nik Fekete vs. Mark Griffin
Middleweight bout: Dan Cramer vs. Jeff Nader
Rumble young man Rumble.