I’m trying to do this Bellator preview thing. I’m no expert, but if you’re a fan of MMA, go out to Shreveport or try to watch on TV. These should be some great fights and a reason to watch.
Rob McCullough (19-6) vs. Patricky Freire (7-1)
We’ve got the well-traveled McCullough taking on up-and-comer Freire. McCullough, after being done in the WEC, is making his Bellator debut. From his experience, he brings a good name to Bellator. Freire is taking his first fight outside Brazil. McCullough has the experience edge, home nation edge and name edge. Freire has the momentum, winning 4 of his last 5. Also, he needs this more. I think Razor Rob takes this one.
Carey Vanier (10-3) vs. Lloyd Woodard (10-0)
The ironic part is that Woodard’s nickname is “Cupcake.” Vanier has more experience on the bigger stage, 2-1 record in Bellator. Woodard has the momentum edge. Vanier has the experience stage. Both seem to have a nice combination of manners of victory. I’d love to see Woodard rise to the top, but I thin Vanier walks away with this one.
Marcin Held (10-1) vs. Michael Chandler (5-0)
This looks like a pretty exciting fight. Only once has Held reached the third round. Chandler has never seen it. While Held has more fights, 4 of Chandler’s 5 fights have been in Strikeforce or Bellator. I’m thinking Chandler continues his undefeated streak.
Ferrid Kheder (18-5) vs. Toby Imada (28-15)
Kheder is on more of a momentum run, not losing 6 fights in a row. His manner of winning is a little more spread out. Imada is a submission machine, submitting more than two-thirds of his opponents. He has more experience fighting on the big American stage. Imada does have more experience. While this should be a really good fight, I’m going with Imada.