Bellator is back on Spike TV with one of their most stacked cards in a long time. Capped off with a light heavyweight title fight plus a lot of elite veterans with big names. Tune in November 4th
Light heavyweight Championship
Liam McGeary (c) vs. Phil Davis
Liam is a 6ft 6in UK wrecking machine! He is 11-0 with 5 KO/TKOs and 5 submission. It is definitely worth mentioning two of those submissions are inverted triangles from bottom side mount. I have really enjoyed watching him fight as he is very brass and has back every word of it.
Keys to victory:
- Keep Davis scared to shoot
- Don’t get content on your back when taken down
- Work to land long clean boxing combinations
Phil Davis has been literally campaigning for this fight for quite some time now. A legit top 10 light heavyweight in the world, he tested the free market after going 9-3-1 in the UFC for a lucrative contract with Bellator. As a Division 1 All American wrestler, he has some of the best grappling in his division and continues to build on his striking at Alliance MMA with Dominick Cruz.
Keys to victory:
- Set up takedowns with strikes
- Kick a ton to the body
- Dominate on the ground (plus don’t get caught in a reverse triangle)
Prediction: Davis by decision
Marloes Coenen vs. Talita Nogueira
Marloes is the former Strikeforce Featherweight Champ and a true pioneer of the female division. Is is a very skilled grappler with under rated striking ability. At 36 years old and 30 fights, she has amassed some wear and tear so her best days are probably behind her.
Talita is most likely not related to the Nogueira brothers but that won’t stop me from thinking otherwise. She is the 2011 world BJJ champ and is coming in undefeated as 6-0. All by a finish with two even by TKO finished which is a very promising sign. This is a huge step up in competition with a lot of unknowns about her going into this fight.
Prediction: Talita by upset split decision
Brennan Ward vs. Saad Awad
Former Bellator Middleweight Challenger, Brennan is looking to get one back in the win column after a really quick loss by heel hook. At welterweight, Ward is a beast! 5’ 11” and all muscle. Even with 17 professional fights, he still looks raw but uses his athleticism to beat people.
Not sure what Saad is trying to prove going up to welterweight but he is really a lightweight. While I am sure he will still have huge power in his hands, he seems much better suited for lightweight. Outside of cracking him in the 1st, which is pretty likely, not sure how Awad wins this.
Prediction: Brennan via decision
Paul Daley vs. Derek Anderson
When Daley fights, don’t blink because any of his hooks can end the night. He has a pretty technical stand up game that allows him to set up huge bombs that cause his opponents to drop. While he has been exploited by good wrestlers and will need to be on his toes with Anderson.
Derek is coming up in weight for the first time to face one of the biggest power punchers in the welterweight division. Not the best idea if you want to keep your record without a KO loss on it. Anderson has a well rounded MMA game but doesn’t lack any speciality to really threaten a veteran like Daley.
Prediction: Paul by first round KO
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Javy Ayala
Holy shit, how is Kharitonov still fighting?! He started his MMA career 16 years ago and has beaten some of the best heavyweights in the world. At 36 years old, he still has time for a few more strong performance ahead of him. This will be his first time fighting outside of Russia in five years. Should be interesting to see what he has left in the tank.
Despite Javy competing for three years with 6 fights, I had to dig deep to remember who he is. He is slightly more athletic than the heavyweights Bellator would stake their HW tourneys with. At 9-5, he is going to have to dig just as deep as I did if he want his first signature win.
Prediction: Sergei by TKO in the 2nd round