MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: INITIAL REACTIONS TO NEW BELLATOR BOUTS

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  • Postado em 14 de agosto, 2019


    Bellator has announced two or three big fights for upcoming battle cards, and I’ll give my thoughts on these new matchups in the current MMA odds and ends.
    Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky Bandejas, Bellator 214
    Featherweight competition Juan Archuleta has opted to drop down to bantamweight and he’ll take on top prospect Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 214, which takes place January 26 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Archuleta (21-1) is on a 16-fight win series and is 3-0 thus far in Bellator together with his most recent victory being a choice win over Jeremy Spoon back in November. Bandejas (11-1) started off his Bellator career with a bang when he pumped out Bellator’s golden boy James Gallagher last summer. He’s only lost once in his career, to UFC vet Nick Pace, and he retains a remarkable win over present UFC bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili. This is such a fantastic battle between two fighters on the upswing, and it is not a simple one to pick considering both men are extremely talented and both are riding a great deal of momentum into this battle. I believe Archuleta is somewhat more solid and proven, but Bandejas is a exceptional potential himself. Look for a close line with a little lean towards Archuleta.
    Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop 2, Bellator 217
    Heavyweights Roy Nelson and Mirko Cro Cop are set to rematch at Bellator 217, occurring February 16 at Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. Neslon (23-16) is 1-2 so far in Bellator and most recently was pumped out by Sergei Kharitonov within an upset. Nelson previously defeated Cro Cop via TKO back in UFC 137 at 2011. Cro Cop (37-11-2, 1 NC) will be producing his inaugural Bellator debut on the heels of a nine-fight win series, wiht lots of the wins coming in RIZIN. Nelson might have beaten Cro Cop the very first time, but according to Cro Cop’s long win streak and Nelson’s declining chin I would have to favor Cro Cop to win the rematch.
    Lorenz Larkin vs. Andrey Koreshkov, Bellator 220
    An exciting welterweight bout between strikers Lorenz Larkin and Andrey Koreshkov is set to headline Bellator 200, taking place March 29 at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Larkin (20-7, 1 NC) is just 2-2 so much in Bellator, but he is coming off of consecutive wins over Fernando Gonzalez and Ion Pascu. The Pascu fight was likely to be a welterweight tournament alternate bout, bout Bellator should figure they don’t need a repacement fighter so that they gave Larkin this battle against Koreshkov. Despite Larkin becoming a small disappointment so much since signing a large free-agent contract with Bellator, he still possesses knockout power which will always make him a threat to beat anybody in the division. Koreshkov (21-3) is 12-3 overall in Bellator and most recently lost by entry to Douglas Lima from the opening round of this welterweight tournament. His ground game and chin have looked shaky at times at Bellator, but such as Larkin he’s always a threat to win by knockout. This should be a very competitive fight but Koreshkov constantly gets enormous admiration from bettors and I guess that he wil be a tiny favorite here.
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