I have been to small regional shows like wcfighting and fullforce. Both shows were very good and the production was pretty impressive. This Saturday I will be attending Bellator 39 and if it’s anything like last week’s Bellator 38, I should walk away having been thoroughly entertained. All the fights on Bellator 38’s main card turned out to be great fights. I saw something last week that I never thought I’d see a 205’er do; an inverted triangle choke that rendered an opponent unconscious.
Richard Hale impressed me with his boxing and movement from the opening of the round. Hale, who stands at 6’4″, is a massive 205lbs fighter. He came down from as much as fighting at superheavyweight. Hale’s opponent Nik Fekete looked to take the fight to the ground, but only wound up getting tangled up. What happened next you can see here www.youtube.com/watch. I’m pretty sure Toby Imada had a big smile on his face after seeing that one.
Speaking of Toby Imada, he as a tall order in Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, a hard hitting jiu-jitsu player. Imada’s stand up has looked much improved over his last few fights and he has pretty slick jiu-jitsu.
Expect to see Lyman Good make a statement in his fight with Rick Hawn. I think Good has an axe to grind in this year’s tournament. Tasting defeat at the hands or should I say wrestling of Ben Askren, has given Good new focus in his career.
Ben “killer bee” Saunders will no doubt put on a muay thai clinic against Matt Lee.
I expect Pat Curran vs. Eddie Alvarez to be the best fight of the night. This is going to be an all out five round war in which there will be hard shots, scrambles, and great takedowns. But in the end Alvarez will have his hand raised in a unanimous decision victory. Pat Curran is a tough kid and I expect him to come back even better after this hard fought lesson.
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