Bellator 59 Full Fight Card and Predictions
Bellator, Bellator, Bellator…what can I say? I look forward to you every weekend. Apparently so does much of the MMA world. Last weeks Bellator crushed StrikeForce’s numbers, Bellator’s viewership is going up, StrikeForce’s is going down. UFC on Fox has got to be a big part of it. The more Fox advertised the UFC, the more awareness of the sport in general happens. With weekly free fight cards on MTV2 accessible to most everyone, the logical choice is to check it out. I expect this week to have a different number, either crazy big or crazy low due to the holiday weekend.
This weeks card is the Bantamweight and Heavyweight Tournament Finals. Expect it to be a big night.
- Heavyweight Tournament Final bout: Thiago Santos vs. Eric Prindle
Thiago Santos 10-1 was a late replacement facing Neil Grove (I know the story is much more convoluted with 3-4 fighters coming and going due to visa and injury problems) ending in a submission victory. Eric Prindle 9-1 KO’d Ron Sparks in the first 40 seconds of his last bout. Both men are big, even by HW standards, Ron Sparks has solid stand up with KO power in either hand from any angle, Santos has submission expertise. It’s the striker vs. grappler matchup we remember from the old days. If Prindle can keep this standing he has the advantage, if Santos can get it to the ground or keep it standing till the 3rd round he has the advantage. Cardio is gonna be a deciding factor in this matchup. If it goes 3 rounds, I think Santos will take the decision. My money is on Erick Prindle by KO.
- Bantamweight Tournament Final bout: Alexis Vila vs. Eduardo Dantas
Alexis Vila 11-0 is riding high ater his KO victory over Joe Warren, his last decision victory is a bit more controversial, I had him losing but 2 of 3 judges had him winning, go figure. Vila has powerful hands and excellent cardio, not to mention a serious hunger. Eduardo Dantas 12-2 made his name in the Shoot organization in Japan, he has great cardio, and equal submission and standup games. This will be a quality matchup with KO possibilities. I hate to pick agains Vila, but Dantas just seems like he has the better history of Championship competition. I’m going with Eduardo Dantas by decision.
- Lightweight bout: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Patricky Freire
Kurt ‘Batman’ Perlligrino 16-6 was last seen in the UFc losing a split decision to Gleison Tibau, while Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire 9-2 (one half of the Pitbull brothers) was last seen losing a split decision to new Champion Michael Chandler. Expect Pitbull to come out strong and make a statement. Pelligrino will look to stall, and grind out a decision against the volatile striker. This fight will either end in devastating KO or stink. I’m voting for KO, but you can’t count out Pelligrino, he’s been known to dig deep and pull out the W. I don’t think I’m allowed to pick against either of the Pitbull brothers, so I won’t. Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire by KO.
- Lightweight bout: Phillipe Nover vs. Marcin Held
Phillipe Nover is a TUF alum with 3 straight losses in the UFC, while Marcin Held is coming off a loss to new Champ Michael Chandler. BOth fighters have had difficulty with upper level competition, I expect this to be a solid fight. Both fighters are on the same level in my opinion, which means I have to make a arbitrary pick for the winner, so it’s gonna be Marcin Held by decision.
Local Feature Fights
- Middleweight bout: Gregory Milliard vs. Brandon Saling
Gregory Milliard I like the way his flag looks.
- Featherweight bout: Brylan Van Artsdalen vs. Scott Heckman
Brylan Van Artsdalen because you can never count out a Van Artsdalen.
- Catchweight (175 lbs) bout: Karl Amoussou vs. Jesus Martinez
Jesus Martinez, his name is Jesus dammit!
- Welterweight bout: LeVon Maynard vs. Christopher Wing
LeVon Maynard, I just like saying that name out loud, especially when I’m drunk. Which I will be by…the time you read this.
- Catchweight (175 lbs) bout: Lucas Pimenta vs. Doug Gordon
Lucas Pimenta. Because.