It’s been an extremely busy two weeks but now we have a break this week with Bellator Season 9 winding down. So let’s review and preview:
UFC 167: St Pierre vs. Hendricks in Review
Main Event: George St.-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks
Prediction: Hendricks by strikes. Result: St.-Pierre by split decision. The fact of the matter is never leave it to the judges. Hendricks did sadly.
Co-main Event: Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
Prediction: Evans by decision. Result: Evans by strikes. Evans was the better wrestler and was able to take Sonnen’s down and finish him.
Rory McDonald vs. Robbie Lawler
Prediction: McDonald by submission. Result: Lawler by decision. Lawler was the more active striker and almost finished the fight several times.
Josh Koscheck vs. Tryon Woodley
Prediction: Woodley by submission. Result: Woodley by strikes. Woodley controled Koscheck and used the right combination at the right time.
Tim Elliot vs. Ali Bagautinov
Prediction: Bagautinov by strikes. Result: Bagautinov by decision. Bagautinov used better striking and grappling to control Elliot for a decision.
Overall score: 1.5/5; 0.3 prediction percentage. 0.5 for Evans win, 0.5 for Woodley’s knockout win, and 0.5 for Bagautinov’s win by decision.
Bellator 108 in Review
Main Event: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Joey Beltran
Prediction: Jackson by strikes. Result: Same. Jackson is healthy, motivated and in shape while Beltran took this fight on short notice.
Co-main Event: Alexander Volkov vs. Vitaly Minakov
Prediction: Minakov by strikes. Result: Same. It was a match up between two Russians and challenger Minakov came out on top this time.
Marcos Galvao vs. Tom McKenna
Prediction: Galvao by decision. Result: Galvao by strikes. Galvao’s return to the promotion after a hiatus is successful with improved striking.
Patricio Freire vs. Justin Wilcox
Prediction: Freire by strikes. Result: Same. Patricio Freire now receives a title shot against Daniel Straus and we’ll see if he wins this time.
Overall score: 3.5/4; 0.875 prediction percentage. The only match that wasn’t predicted correctly was Galvao’s win, making it shy of perfect.
Bellator 109 Predictions
Main Event: Alexander Shlamenko vs. Doug Marshall
Prediction: Shlamenko by strikes. Shlamenko hasn’t lost since his fight with Hector Lombard and he probably won’t loose to Marshall.
Co-main Event: Rick Hawn vs. Ron Keslar
Prediction: Hawn by strikes. Both Hawn and Keslar started out as late replacements and now find themselves a victory away from a title shot.
Will Brooks vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy
Prediction: Sarnavskiy by submission. This is the first tournament Sarnavskiy has gotten through since joining the promotion.
Nathan Coy vs. To be named opponent
Prediction: Coy by decision. If Coy still fights Saturday after Matthew Riddle‘s withdrawal, he’ll have the advantage of being ready to fight.
Terry Etim vs. Patrick Cenoble
Prediction: Etim by submission. Etim has more experience and is just coming from the UFC. He’ll be looking to establish himself in Bellator.
Going to watch the last event for Bellator Season 9 and what have you thought of this season and Bellator’s first year on Spike? Comment!