Bellator Fighting Championship is almost finished it’s seventh season and it’s time to start featuring the tournament finals starting with Welterweights. Bellator 82 takes place in Mt. Pleasent, Michigan on November 30, with the main card starting at 8pm and can be seen on MTV2. Please enjoy the fight predictions and analysis.
Main Card: 2-2-0 Total MMA Predictions: 18-11-0 = 62%
Catchweight 160lbs – David Rickels (10-1) vs. Jason Fischer (4-0) – David Rickels via decision – Rickels will be the bigger man as he normally fights at 170lbs, whereas Fischer fights at 155lbs. That should be a very important factor in this fight as both fights seem to have similar styles, with solid striking and ground games. However Rickels will be the bigger man so expect him to gain top control should the fight go to the ground. On the feet it looks to be even, but Rickels can take a punch and even if he starts to lose the stand-up battle he will use his wrestling/grappling to grind out a decision victory. On the ground Rickels will get off some good ground and pound, while maybe even opening up Fishcer for a submission. Correct plus method
185lbs – Kala Hose (7-5) vs. Doug Marshall (14-6) – Kala Hose via TKO – Hose is a natural born brawler with his stocky build and huge power, unfortunately that stockiness has translated to a weak ground game. Marshall is also a power puncher but is a bit more mixed with his martial arts since he has some submission victories. Hose has won all 7 of his fights via (T)KO and has only lost once via TKO to MMA veteran Edwin Aguilar. Marshall has won 9 of his fights via (T)KO but has lost 5 fights via the same method. On the feet Hose will have an advantage with his haymaker style, but if Marshall can mix in some takedowns he should be able to overwhelm Hose. Marshall will come ready to stand with Hose because that is his style, but Hose will catch him with a barrage of punches before Marshall can change up his game plan. Wrong – Marshall won via KO
155lbs – Alexander Sarnavskiy (20-1) vs. Tony Hervey (15-12) – Sarnavskiy via TKO – This fight has the potential to be one of the best in 2012 for Bellator with two very dynamic strikers. Sarnavskiy will be the more powerful striker, but the speed advantage should go to Hervey. Both fighters have very dynamic stand-up by utilizing punches and kicks to their opponent’s chins and bodies whenever they get the chance. Both fighters also have decent ground games, but just like in the Hose/Marshall fight, these men were born to strike so that’s what they’ll do. Sarnavskiy is also fast so the speed of Hervey shouldn’t be a huge problem, plus Sarnavskiy has the power and chin advantage. Should the fight go to the ground Sarnavskiy will most likely have a definite advantage there as well. Correct – Sarnavskiy won via unanimous decision
170lbs – Lyman Good (14-2) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (12-0) – Good via decision – Koreshkov is a very game fighter and has earned his undefeated record, but Good is also a great fighter so this fight isn’t as clear cut as the rest of the main card. Good has fought some of the best fighters in Bellator and has fared well against tough strikers like Chris Lozano and Rick Hawn. Koreshkov has made a name for himself ever since entering Bellator going 4-0 with 3 TKO’s, but unfortunately none of those opponents were fighters like Lyman Good, so Koreshkov will be tested again. On the feet Koreshkov should be able to get off some strikes, but Good is no pushover and will throw back. Good may not even bother risking getting rocked with a punch and just decide to take Koreshkov to the ground and beat him up there. Koreshkov has a definite punchers chance but Good will is too strong for the Russian and that should show in the later rounds. Wrong – Koreshkov won via unanimous decision
Bellator 83 will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey at Caesars Atlantic City on Friday, December 7. The card will feature the Featherweight Tournament Final between Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Rad Martinez. Check back in for more Bellator and UFC predictions.