Category: Bellator

Rise of The Red King

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Bellator 179 took place at the SSE Arena in London, England last night and featured the Bellator debut of Rory MacDonald. MacDonald is touted as the promotion’s biggest and most anticipated acquisition of the year. Bellator was able to sign “The Red King” when MacDonald’s UFC contract expired in August of 2016.

The road to the end of MacDonald’s UFC career began at UFC 189. MacDonald faced the then Champion Robbie Lawler in what is considered to be the most violent UFC brawl of all time. Both men met in the center of the Octagon to begin the fifth round, Lawler saw his opening. Lawler threw a devastating cross which crushed MacDonald’s already broken nose. MacDonald collapsed and Lawler secured his victory by TKO stoppage. While most fans thought this was just the end of one of many great title fight brawls Rory would offer in the UFC, it proved to be his last. Rory went on to fight the future Title Challenger Stephen Thompson and once again broke his nose. Not only did he break his nose, he lost the bout and completed his UFC contract all in one night.

It was time for Rory to reassess his career and heal. Rory even stated in interviews he may need a full year just to heal before accepting another bout. In the midst of negotiating a new contract, Rory’s wishes to take time off  may not have been what the UFC wanted to hear. Maybe they thought he had taken too much damage, maybe they thought he wasn’t up to snuff. But whatever they thought, they thought wrong.

Bellator took full advantage of MacDonald’s free agent status. “There’s no denying that Rory MacDonald was the cream of the crop when it comes to free agents in MMA,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement. They quickly signed Rory to an exclusive multi-year multi-fight deal.

It seems the concerns about Rory’s health proved to be a non issue in his Bellator debut bout against Paul Daley. Rory ran through the Bellator contender with a brutal 10-8 first round followed by a rear naked choke victory in the second round. It appears that the Bellator Promotion has found it’s next big thing in the form of “The Red King”. Rory issued a warning to both the current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima, and title challenger Lorenz Larkin. Rory stated that he will “take your belt and your health”. Bellator may have a dominant champion on the horizon, and it’s time for us to just sit back and enjoy the show.

Bellator 179 Results

Bellator 179 took place at the SSE Arena in London, England last night and featured the Bellator debut of Rory MacDonald. The promotion seemed to miss the mark with fans by airing the event via tape delay, but the event itself delivered a big night of exciting fights.

Main Card

Rory MacDonald def. Paul Daley via submission (rear-naked choke)(Round 2, 1:45)

Linton Vassell def. Liam McGeary via submission (arm-traingle)(Round 3, 2:28)

Cheick Kongo def. Augusto Sakai via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Alex Lohore def. Dan Edwards via technical knockout (Round 2, 0:56)

Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Daryl Griffin via technical knockout (Round 1, 3:40)

Undercard

Alfie Davis def. Jay Dods via first-round TKO (2:34)

Stav Economou def. Dan Konecke via submission (guillotine) (R1, 1:05)

Amir Albazi def. Jamie Powell via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)

Nathan Jones def. User Kayani via submission (RNC) (R1, 4:35)

Fabian Edwards def. Rafal Cejrowski via first-round KO (3:44)

Jeremy Petley def. Chase Morton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Mike Shipman def. Marcin Prostko via first-round TKO (2:39)

Salih Kulucan def. Diego Barbosa via submission (heel hook) (R1, 2:18)

Steve Kozola wants Adam Piccolotti Next: Someone’s “O” Has Got to Go

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In the first episode of Cage Prophet Radio: Steve Kozola called out a fellow undefeated Bellator Lightweight fighter in hopes of making his next exciting matchup. Kozola (8-0) stated that he would like to fight Adam Piccolotti (9-0) as a Co-main event in Oklahoma for Bellator 181.

In the words of Kozola, “Adam Piccolotti, where you at? I know you’re a good fighter. He’s 9-0, he’s undefeated. Someone’s O has got to go”

This seems to be an exciting matchup with enough time for the Bellator Brass to make this fight come together. Please share and let Cage Prophet, Steve, and Adam know if you want to see this fight happen. It sounds like fireworks to Cage Prophet, and we can’t wait.

Cage Prophet Podcast Episode #1: Steve Kozola

Cage Prophet is proud to announce that the first episode of the Cage Prophet Podcast featured a very special guest in Bellator’s Steve “Thunderbeast” Kozola. Kozola is 8-0 as a professional Mixed Martial Artist, he is 3-0 in the promotion of Bellator. Of his 8 professional wins all come by way of finish. With 7 KO/TKO’s and 1 SUB, Kozola is a powerful force within the Bellator Lightweight division.

In his own words, Kozola plans to take his talents “All the way to the belt”. Listen to the exclusive Cage Prophet interview here.

Steve Kozola can be found on Twitter @stevekozolamma . Be sure to stay up to date on when his next fight comes to fruition, you won’t want to miss it.

Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader Title Fight Set for Bellator 180

Former UFC legend Ryan Bader was set to make his Bellator debut against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 180, that is until the injury bug struck Lawal. What initially seemed like a tragedy quickly gave way to great opportunity as Phil Davis stepped up to the plate to put his title on the line against the Bellator new-comer.

This comes as a shock to UFC fans where Bader won his last 3 of 4 outings never to receive a shot at the title. Bellator has decided to give the big man a fresh start with a big opportunity and we cannot wait. This fight will serve as a rematch for the two men, last time they met in 2015 Bader came away with the victory. Two short years later the men will square off for a title under a different banner.

Bellator 180 will take place on June 24, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event will be a $49.95 pay per view and boasts some of the biggest names in Bellator history. Fedor, Mitrione, Silva, Sonnen, Lima, Larkin, Chandler, and Primus. This card has shaped up to be one for the books and we cannot wait.

Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull Predictions

Bellator 178 is set to kick off today live and free on Spike TV. The card’s main event features the 4th time Daniel Staus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will square off. You read that correctly, this is a rare “tetralogy” fight. Pitbull has won the first two times he faced Straus but lost in their most recent fight in which Straus took the belt by way of Unanimous decision. We’ll see if Straus can defend his belt tonight and tie the record at 2-2 as Pitbull looks to regain his throne. Cage Prophet thinks Pitbull will come out on top in this one. At +135 he’s got great value.

In the Co-main event we have Ilima Macfarlane taking on Jessica Middleton. Both Women are undefeated. Ilima has been outspoken about her time for a title shot, look for her experience to give her the edge in this one. Mcfarlane by KO/TKO. Macfarlane is a heavy favorite at -480, so to maximize profit you may want to tie her into a few parlays.

Mazzota vs. Mckee: Mazzota is a hot Prospect at 12-1 his only loss coming from the current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt. His opponent is a tough customer in A.J. Mckee. Mckee is a heavy favorite at -500, but Cage Prophet says take the dog! Mazotta at +385 is well worth the bet! Look for Mazzota’s superior grappling and submission game to get him the win.

 

Bellator 175 Results

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Bellator 175 left fans satisfied after delivering an action packed main card. The promotion Sported a 3/5 finish rate, with a main event that seemed to end at any second. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal secured his victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson with a unanimous 29-28 decision. See the main card results listed below.

  • Steve Kozola def. Jake Roberts via TKO
  • Noad Lahat def. Lloyd Carter via Submission
  • Sergei Kharitonov def. Chase Gormley via KO
  • Emmanuel Sanchez def. Marcos Galvao via Unanimous Decision
  • Muhammed Lawal def. Quinton Jackson via Unanimous Decision

What fight was the most entertaining and why?

A note for the bettors: Cage Prophet predicted the Steve Kozola TKO in under 1.5 rounds, the Noad Lahat victory, and the Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal victory.

Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2

Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2 is upon us. May the odds ever be in your favor.

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Unfortunately, it looks like the lines are a little heavier in favor of King Mo than we expected them to be, but there is still money to be made. Rampage tipped the scale to 253 lbs at weigh in, needless to say he seems a little heavy. Rampage recently remarked that his biggest regret of his career was ever even starting to compete in MMA. Cage Prophet is taking his remarks and apparent lack of training discipline as a sign that Jackson may just not have his head in the game anymore.

Betting tip: Noad Lahat is basically free money, and should be tied into any parlay. Steve “Thunderbeast” Kozola is a solid bet at -175. If you can get a prop bet for him to finish by TKO in under 1.5 rounds I would take it. However, Kozola’s opponent is very crafty on the ground and has a strong history of finishing by triangle, if you opt to bet against the Thunderbeast you can take Jake Roberts at +150. In the main event we have: King Mo.

Bet responsibly, enjoy the fights.