Bellator declared to ESPN its upcoming tentpole event, which is set to occur May 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The card includes lots of exciting matchups, and I’ll list them below along with my initial thoughts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Michael Chandler vs. Patricio «Pitbull» Freire, Bellator 221
The main occasion of Bellator 221 will be a five-round superfight between Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Bellator featherweight champion Patricio»Pitbull» Freire. Chandler’s belt will probably be up for grabs in this one as Pitbull is moving up in weight for a struggle that will ascertain arguably the best fighter in Bellator history. Chandler (19-4) is 16-4 in Bellator and just won back the lightweight title from Brent Primus in his final struggle. He’s won seven of his last eight fights overall and having a win here over Pitbull would solidify himself as the advertising’s greatest home-grown gift . Pitbull (28-4) can also be 16-4 in Bellator and is coming from back-to-back featherweight title defenses over Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Wiechel. What a fight between two fights that are amazing. Chandler will likely be preferred here as he is the bigger fighter, but Pitbull is a stud and shouldn’t be counted out. Depending on the internet, Pitbull could be worth a look for a dog.
Pat Curran vs. AJ McKee, Bellator 221
Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran will return to the cage once he chooses on increasing star AJ McKee. Curran (23-7) is 13-4 overall in Bellator and is among the top fighters to fight for the promotion. He’s actually riding a three-fight win streak at this time, though he hasn’t fought as an October 2017 decision win over John Teixeira. McKee (13-0) made his Bellator and pro MMA introduction in October 2015 and hasn’t looked back because as he’s undefeated and has buzzsawed through each competitor that Bellator has set his manner. Curran is a good gatekeeper at this point of his profession, however, McKee is a true stud and I fully expect him to win this battle. There’s no doubt that the undefeated rising star will be a huge favorite here.
Douglas Lima vs. winner of Paul Daley/Michael Page, Bellator 221
The semifinals of this Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix will take place with this particular card featuring Douglas Lima contrary to the winner of the weekend’s Paul Daley vs. Michael Page battle. There’s not much to say about this yet as he do not understand the matchup, but Lima vs. both of those guys makes for an awesome fight.
Jake Hager vs. TBA, Bellator 221
And Jake Hager will come back to the cage for his next MMA fight against a yet-to-be-named competition. Hager (1-0) filed JW Kiser in his Bellator and MMA debut. He looks like a very intriguing heavyweight potential considering his strength and size, though I’d anticipate Bellator to provide him a second»can» because of his next battle as they continue to slow-build him. I don’t have any doubt Bellator is going to be able to discover a different Kiser clone and pay them a couple thousand dollars to get finished by Hager.
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