Hey, fight fans! Things are a little disjointed this week with UFC deciding to run on a dang Wednesday, but here we are. It’s the weekend, and that can only mean one thing – PUNCH ‘EM UPS! Bellator 158 is here from Ye Olde London Towne, and it’s chock full of fights, plus there’s also a genuine heavyweight boxing world title fight on free TV. Hot cheese, let’s see what’s going down and how we can watch it.
Things kick off with online prelims, streaming at both Spike and Bellator’s websites, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. As usual, the Bellator prelims might be light on big name talent, but the fights are generally pretty fun.
The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. The top three bouts are all very solid. Undefeated highlight reel Michael “Venom” Page takes on Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at welterweight, then the co-main event is in the heavyweight division as Matt “Meat Head” Mitrione faces Oli Thompson. The main event features former Bellator welterweight champ Douglas “The Phenom” Lima stepping into the cage against British knockout artist Paul “Semtex” Daly. Expect a short night in this one, as 8 of Lima’s 9 wins in Bellator have come by knockout, while Daly has 8 wins by stoppage in his last 10 wins.
Over on Fox, starting at 8 p.m. ET, Premier Boxing Champions is hosting a pair of unbeaten fighters getting challenged. First, at 147 pounds, 21-0 Sammy Vasquez takes on 17-1 Felix Diaz, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing games.
In the main event, heavyweight champ, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, the undefeated WBC world heavyweight champion, looks to make his fourth successful defense in his home state as he takes on Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola. Both Arreola and Wilder have high knockout rates, with the challenger clocking in at around 70-percent of wins by stoppage, while all but one of Wilder’s wins have come inside the distance. This should be a hard hitting affair.
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