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Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 predictions

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Bellator attempts its second Dynamite show, this time in their second home of St. Louis. The card features the return of Rampage, the debut of a former UFC heavyweight contender and a lightweight title along with the trademark kickboxing of the Dynamite brand.

What: Bellator 157: Dynamite 2

Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

When: Friday, the preliminary card starts at 6:15 p.m. ET on MMA Fighting. The six-fight main card starts on Spike TV at 8 .m. ET.

Quinton Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii

Neither Rampage nor Ishii have looked particularly great recently, but Jackson’s issue is decline from greatness. Ishii’s is never getting there. I don’t believe Rampage packs quite the same power he once did, but it’s probably still enough to get the job done. His takedown defense should be more than enough. Combine that with his left hook and rear uppercut and that’s enough to stop or keep Ishii at bay.

Pick: Jackson

Michael Chandler vs. Patricky Freire

Putting aside Chandler’s previous victory over Freire, I wonder if the Brazilian is a bit shopworn at this point. Both Pitbull brothers have taken tremendous damage over the years, but Patricky a little more so. I’m not saying this isn’t winnable for him or that he isn’t tough and talented. What I am saying is Chandler – in virtually every dimension – is faster and, frankly, better. The American will have the edge in speed, the ability to mix up his offense as necessary and apply consistent pressure. Pitbull has a big punch and is game even when things go south, but this is Chandler’s fight to lose.

Pick: Chandler

Matt Mitrione vs. Carl Seumanutafa

Seumanutafa is a middling heavyweight who has beaten decent names, but generally loses to those with respectable ability. He only fights about one or two times a year. We ….View full article

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