Another weekend means it’s time for another live discussion ultra-post!
Bellator MMA is back for another week of live fights on Friday night. I don’t think it’s possible to top the insanity of last week’s event, but I’m sure everyone will give it their best shot. The festivities kick off with preliminary action on Bellator.com starting at 6:45 PM ET. I’ve heard of exactly zero of the prelim fighters, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Complete unknowns with a lot to prove often have really intense and aggressive fights, leading to a lot of fun finishes. It also doesn’t hurt that most of these guys are probably kind of bad at MMA.
The main card will be on Spike TV, starting at 9:00 PM ET. There are only four fights on the main card, so I expect Joe Warren to try and put Eduardo Dantas through a table at some point during the night. As for the match ups, we’ve got Ryan Couture in action, and I’m mentioning him because there’s a chance his dad, Randy fights Fedor Emelianenko, at least if Scott Coker gets his wish. Also on this card in the co-main and main event spots are two light heavyweight battles. Liam McGeary takes on Kelly Anundson in what should be a fun scrap, and potentially do something for the winner to get him closer to a title shot. In the main event, the light heavyweight title is on the line as reigning champion Emmanuel “Hardcore Kid” Newton defends his belt against Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran, who is on an impressive one-fight winning streak. I’m glad to see that Bellator’s previous motto of “title fights aren’t given, they are earned” has been left laying in a ditch somewhere outside of Council Bluffs.
As I said last week, there is a UFC event every week in September, and this week it’s a Fight Pass-exclusive card from Brazil! Be that as it may, the Uproxx Family of mega-geniuses have once again put in a pain-staking amount of time and effort to predict this card, so plese, take a long look at our Staff Predictions and give us your own picks as well.