Friday, September 6, 2013

Bellator preview: Season nine

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Bellator is back with hot tournament action! Plus there's title defenses and a pay-per-view to boot!

Featherweight

Title Fight

  • Pat Curran vs Daniel Straus

Tournament

  • Diego Nunes vs Patricio Freire
  • Desmond Green vs Fabricio da Silva
  • Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs Akop Stepanyan
  • Andrew Fisher vs Joe Taimanglo

My picks: Nunes, Freire or Shamhalaev. It seems really weird that Nunes and Freire would be a quarterfinal fight, though.

Lightweight

Title Fight

  • Michael Chandler vs Eddie Alvarez

Tournament

  • Marcus Davis vs Alexander Sarnavskiy
  • John Alessio vs Will Brooks
  • Saad Awad vs Martin Stapleton
  • Rich Clementi vs Rob Sinclair

Picks: Sarnavskiy and Brooks. Also, I thought Clementi retired after Marcin Held beat him. Weird.

Welterweight

Season 8 Tournament Finals

  • Douglas Lima vs Ben Saunders

Tournament

  • War Machine vs Vaughn Anderson
  • Matthew Riddle vs Luis Melo Jr
  • Brent Weedman vs Justin Baesman
  • Mark Scanlon vs Herman Terrado

Thoughts: I don't really have a pick for this tournament since I don't know over half the guys included (Seriously, Herman Terrado is the cheap knockoff version of retired wrestler, Human Tornado, right?). I guess I'll go with Matt Riddle's favorite superhero, Weedman.

Middleweight

Title Fight

  • Alexander Shlemenko vs Brett Cooper
Tournament

  • Justin Torrey vs Andreas Spang
  • Jeremy Kimball vs Perry Filkins
  • Mikkel Parlo vs Brian Rogers
  • Jason Butcher vs Giva Santana

Prediction: Rogers, possibly Spang.

Light Heavyweight

Interim Title Fight

  • Emmanuel Newton vs Muhammed Lawal

Check out the breakdown of what's going on when after the jump.


Bellator 98 - September 7

  • Middleweight Title: Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko vs Brett Cooper
  • Middleweight tournament quarterfinal fights

Bellator 99 - September 13

  • Light Heavyweight: Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko vs Houston "The Assassin" Alexander
  • Featherweight tournament quarterfinal fights

Bellator 100 - September 20

  • Welterweight season 8 tournament finals: Douglas "The Phenom" Lima vs Ben "Killa B" Saunders
  • Welterweight tournament quarterfinal fights

Bellator 101 - September 27

  • Lightweight tournament quarterfinal fights

Bellator 102 - October 4

  • Middleweight tournament semi-final fights

Bellator 103 - October 11

  • Featherweight tournament semi-final fights

Bellator 104 - October 18

  • Welterweight tournament semi-final fights

Bellator 105 - October 25

  • Lightweight tournament semi-final fights

Bellator 106 (PPV) - November 2

  • Light Heavyweight - Tito "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz vs Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
  • Lightweight title - Michael Chandler vs Eddie "The Silent Assassin" Alvarez
  • Featherweight title - Pat "Paddy Mike" Curran vs Daniel Straus
  • Interim Light Heavyweight Title - Emmanuel "Hardcore Kid" Newton vs Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal

Bellator 107 - November 8

  • Middleweight tournament finals fight

Bellator 108 - November 15

  • Welterweight tournament finals fight
  • Featherweight tournament finals fight

Bellator 109 - November 22

  • Lightweight tournament finals fight