Bellator Fighting Championships is all about tournaments. It's how fighters earn title shots, which I really like. The only thing required of a fighter is "win the tournament", no matter how impressively the wins come.
The following tournaments will be contested over the course of Bellator's eighth season (Possibly going past season 8 and into season 9)
- Champion - Michael Chandler
- Challengers - Rick Hawn, Marcin Held/Dave Jansen
- Tournament Favorites - Patricky Freire, Lloyd Woodard
- Champion - Ben Askren
- Challengers - Karl Amoussou, Andrey Koreshkov
- Tournament Favorites - Douglas Lima, Ben Saunders
- Champion - Christian M'Pumbu
- Challenger - Attila Vegh
- Tournament Favorites - Seth Petruzelli, Muhammed Lawal
Season 8 Title Fights and Prior Season Tournament Finals:
January 17, 2013
Lightweight Title - Michael Chandler vs Rick "Genghis" Hawn
Chandler's Style - Wrestling
Hawn's Style - Judo
Prediction - Chandler by TKO
Thoughts - This fight should be way fun.
January 17, 2013
Featherweight Title - Pat "Paddy Mike" Curran vs Patricio "Pitbull" Freire
Curran's Style -Wrestling, BJJ
Freire's Style - BJJ
Prediction -Curran with a decision
Thoughts -This fight is probably going to end up owning most if not all of my bones.
January 24, 2013
Welterweight Title - "Funky" Ben Askren vs Karl "Psycho" Amoussou
Askren's Style - Wrestling
Amoussou's Style -Judo
Prediction - Askren by decision
Thoughts - Karl is going to be so mad when he has a funky blond afro jammed up his nose for 25 minutes.
February 7, 2013
Vacant Middleweight Title - Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko vs Maiquel "Big Rig" Falcao
Shlemenko's Style - Kickboxing, spinning
Falcao's Style -BJJ
Prediction - Shlemenko with a spinning KO
Thoughts - I love that twirly Russian. He once said he comes from a bad part of Siberia, as if the entirety of Siberia isn't a rough place to live.
February 14, 2013
Bantamweight Title - Eduardo Dantas vs Marcus Galvao
Dantas's Style -BJJ
Galvao's Style -BJJ
Prediction -Dantas by decision
Thoughts -I hope Tyson Nam hops the cage after the fight and demands a title shot if Dantas retains.
February 21, 2013
Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Final - Rad Martinez vs Shahbulat Shamhalaev
Martinez's Style - Wrestling
Shamhalaev's Style -Muay Thai
Prediction - Martinez by decision
Thoughts - I would normally make jokes about a guy being named "Rad", but Rad's personal story is too heartbreaking to mock. I hope Rad wins everything forever.
February 28, 2013
Light Heavyweight Title - Christian M'Pumbu vs Attila Vegh
M'Pumbu's Style -Savate
Vegh's Style -Wrestling, karate
Prediction -M'Pumbu by KO
Thoughts -This is kind of interesting, because M'Pumbu lost a non-title "super" fight against Travis Wiuff, while Vegh beat Wiuff to win the LHW tournament.