Category: Bellator

Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull Preview

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On Saturday September 23 the Sap Center in San Jose California will host Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull (Patricky Freire). The card is stacked with a multitude of exciting fights including the Bellator debut of MMA Heavyweight legend Roy Nelson as well as a much anticipated bout between dynamic strikers Lorenz Larkin and Paul Daley.

Former UFC and WEC champion Benson Henderson looks for his second victory over a Freire brother after beating Patricio it is now time to take on older brother Patricky. Patricky, known for his vicious power, is a formidable opponent for the former champion Henderson as he looks to continue his path to a Bellator title fight.

The stakes are about as high as they get for Lorenz Larkin and Paul Daley. With both men coming off losses to the top tier of the division each man needs a win to stay in title contention. Larkin fought for the Welterweight belt in his Bellator debut falling to champion Douglas Lima. Daley recently succumbed to the immense pressure of Rory MacDonald in Rory’s Bellator debut. With MacDonald up next for a title shot, both men could solidify the next shot at Bellator gold by making a statement on saturday night.

As for Roy Nelson: Big Country looks to revitalize his career in his Bellator debut against Javy Ayala. Winning only 3 of his last 10 fights, Nelson looks to Bellator for a fresh start. In an interview with MMAmania.com Nelson stated:

  • “You know I’m excited. I’m excited to reunite the fans back with Roy Nelson, with Spike and myself so, I’m just excited. It’s just a breath of fresh air.”

We’re excited too. Excited and looking forward to Bellator 183 bringing us great fights this weekend.

Bellator 182 Recap

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The results are in and Cage Prophet scores another perfect 100% on bets for Bellator 182. Overall, Bellator 182 was a very exciting event with a few surprises along the way. Bruna Ellen pulled off a slight underdog upset (+135) over Veta Arteaga, and AJ Mckee went the distance with Blair Tugman. McKee vs. Tugman was a betting favorite to finish under 1.5 rounds.

Friend of the Cage Prophet Podcast: Fernando Gonzalez, finished Brennan Ward by submission in the third round. We bet this fight to go over 1.5 rounds at +100 because Fernando gets stronger as the fight goes on while Brennan will fade. Typically Brennan’s fights don’t make it past the first round, but didn’t think this fight would follow that pattern. Cage Prophet suspected that Fernando, being the seasoned vet that he is, would drag Brennan out of his comfort zone into the later rounds where he would look to finish the fight on a gassed out Ward. The sharp play paid, and Fernando won by third round submission.

In the main event Andrey Koreshkov defeated Chidi Njokuani by first round TKO. Koreshkov may have been the safest and best value bet on the card at -285 but I tend to get scared off by heavy favorites, I’m personally not a big fan of risking a lot to make a little when anything can happen in a fist fight (Looking at you Luke Rockhold). But still I laid a little cabbage and got the return. What was your favorite fight on the card?

Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin set for Bellator 183

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Paul Daley (39-15-2) is set to meet Lorenz Larkin (18-6) at Bellator 183. Both fighters are looking to jump back into the win column on September 23. Daley is coming off a second round submission loss to Rory Macdonald at Bellator 179 and Larkin lost his Bellator debut on the judges score cards against current Welterweight champion Douglas Lima.

This fight is set to be a strikers delight as both men are primarily stand and bang practitioners. Larkin typically finds early success with heavy leg kicks and with little threat of Daley wanting to take this fight to the ground I expect to see dynamic striking on full display right away. However, after seeing Rory MacDonald absolutely dismantle Daley by quickly taking the fight to the floor will we see Lorenz follow a similar game plan? Only time will tell, but on paper this fight jumps out as must see TV.

Bellator 183 takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, California on September 23. The card airs on Spike.

The Bellator 183 card currently includes the following fights:

  • Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire
  • Javy Ayala vs. Roy Nelson
  • Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Aaron Pico vs. opponent TBA

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.