Here is everything you need to know about the Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2 main card from the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Bellator 175 is set to kick off this Saturday night from the AllState arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The marquee matchup involves a rematch, but at a heavier weight class, between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal. The co-main event on the night will see the former Bellator bantamweight king Marcos Galvao stepping up in weight to take on the endless gas tank of Emmanuel Sanchez. In addition, following a brief 16-second loss in his promotional debut, Sergei Kharitonov will be looking for redemption as he faces fellow big-man Chase Gormley. You can catch Bellator 175 this Saturday night, live on Spike TV at 9:00 P.M. with the prelims streaming online.
Main Card: Spike TV at 9:00 P.M. ET
Marcos Galvao (18-7-1 MMA; 8-4 Bellator) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (14-3 MMA; 6-2 Bellator): Featherweight
Bellator MMA’s former bantamweight champion, Marcos Galvao, will be moving up to the featherweight division for his 13th promotional bout. Galvao dropped his belt, in a poor display of striking defense, to Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 156. The former champ hopped back on the winning track with a split decision victory over L.C. Davis, at Bellator 166 in December. Has Galvao been able to patch some of the holes in his standup game in preparation for a high-volume, fundamental striker? As he owns eight years of pro experience over his opponent, will Galvao lean on his savvy to best a talented, up-and-coming young gun?
Emmanuel Sanchez has been involved in five straight fights that were exceptionally close, and came out on top in four of those affairs. Sanchez scored the biggest win of his career, with a majority decision victory over dangerous veteran Georgi Karakhanyan, at Bellator 170 back in January of this year. With a former Bellator champion in his cross hairs, Sanchez has another big opportunity to pick up another solid name win. With Galvao being known for his grappling abilities, will Sanchez curb his urge to go wherever the fight takes him, and opt to keep the fight on the feet where he should have the advantage? With a fundamentally sharp striking assault, look for Sanchez to try and exploit the holes in his opponent’s defense, in search of his second professional KO finish.
Sergei Kharitonov (23-6 MMA; 0-1 Bellator) vs. Chase Gormley (14-5 MMA; 2-1 Bellator): Heavyweight
Sergei Kharitonov appeared on the Bellator scene with a highly accredited resume, full of some of the top names to ever grace MMA. Kharitonov put his five-fight win streak on the line in his promotional debut against Javy Ayala, at Bellator 163 back in November. The Russian heavyweight never had a moment to settle into the fight, before Ayala launched a nuclear right hand that put Kharitonov out cold, in a swift 16 seconds. Having turned professional in the year 2000, does Kharitonov still have what it takes to compete at a high level?
Chase Gormley has a head full of steam as he is in search of his 3rd consecutive win for the Bellator brand. Gormley has used a deceptive outside kickboxing game to earn back-to-back split decision victories over Bobby Brents and Joey Beltran, respectively. With Bellator still without a heavyweight champion, picking up three straight wins automatically puts your name near the top of the division. Will Gormley be able to avoid the big bombs of Kharitonov, and move up the ranks at 265?
Steve Kozola (7-0 MMA; 2-0 Bellator) vs. Jake Roberts (7-1 MMA; 1-1 Bellator): Lightweight
The undefeated Steve Kozola packs a Tae Kwon Do background, and as expected, his style is detailed with flashy kicks, spinning ish, and rather fast straight punches. Although he is known more for his stand up, Kozola has also shown a knack to change levels and pick up a takedown when the moment presents itself. Jake Roberts is looking to rebound in his 3rd Bellator bout, as he dropped a unanimous decision to wrestling standout Carrington Banks, in his last outing. Roberts possesses a well-rounded overall game, as one would come to expect from one that trains at the MMA Lab with Bellator lightweight Benson Henderson. Which young gun will rise to the occasion?
Noad Lahat (10-2 MMA; 1-0 Bellator) vs. Lloyd Carter (10-8 MMA; 0-1 Bellator): Featherweight
Noad Lahat will be looking for another stellar performance, to follow up his first-round submission of Scott Cleve in his promotional debut at Bellator 164. With 5 submissions to his credit, expect Lahat to want to immediately challenge the ground game of Lloyd Carter, who has dropped 5 of his professional bouts by way of sub. Can Carter clear himself a path to victory, or will Lahat move to 2-0 under the Bellator banner?
Prelims: Streaming online
Joaquin Buckley vs. Justin Patterson :Welterweight
Prince McLean vs. Adam Maciejewski: Heavyweight
Damian Norris vs. Tom Shoaff: Lightweight
Matt Paul vs. James Bochnovic: Light Heavyweight
Nate Williams vs. Manny Vazquez: Bantamweight
J.D. Hardwick vs. Tim Cho: Catchweight of 150 pounds
Tom Holder vs. Josh Streaker: Welterweight
Cory Galloway vs. David Garcia: Bantamweight
Brian Akins vs. Mike DeLaVega: Lightweight
James Esposito vs. Asef Askar: Lightweight
Maximillian Fuentes vs. Brandon Shelhart: Bantamweight