Bellator gets right back to work after their tent-pole event with a show in the land of potatoes. The card features a middleweight title fight, a contenders bout at featherweight and even a women’s featherweight contest.
What: Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Monhoef
Where: CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho
When: Friday, the preliminary card starts at 7 p.m. ET on MMA Fighting. The five-fight main card starts on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.
Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef
With his punching power, Manhoef can win virtually any fight at any time. If he blasted Carvalho out in the first or second round, could anyone really claim that’d be a surprising outcome? That said, Manhoef a) doesn’t take damage like he used to and b) Carvalho has his own kickboxing skills. He’s not what Manhoef was, but he might be good enough to match what he is, at least long enough to mix up the rest of his game with it. If Carvalho avoids obvious trouble and plays his distancing correctly, this is a manageable task.
Pat Curran vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
This is a super close call. Karakhanyan has an excellent guillotine and finishes quickly. He’s got good takedown defense as well, plus plenty of veteran experience against top talent. What I question, though, is his ability to remain consistent over the course of a fight. There’s still an open question about whether Curran suffered some kind of irreparable damage from the grind of Bjorn Rebney’s tournaments, but he did have a nice, hard-fought win over Emmanuel Sanchez. For that reason, I’ll side with the former Bellator champ, but this is a tough, tough call.
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai
Sakai isn’t exactly a ‘threat’ in the way most heavyweights are. He’s talented and is a threat in the abstract sense of him forcing ….View full article
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