Friday, March 9, 2012

Bellator 60/The Ultimate Fighter preview: Yes, we've run out of other events. Why do you ask?

After two straight months of weekly Zuffa-based MMA, we've finally hit a lull in the action as the largest event going is Bellator 60.

This is the premiere of the company's sixth season, and the first event run under the Viacom banner.

Also tonight is the start of the 15th season of "The Ultimater Fighter." I am excited to see this season because it is live, though I can't preview any of tonight's fights. Sadly, I haven't seen the lineup of live fights and can't comment until I've seen the fighters in this first week.

Oh, right. Bellator...

I am not necessarily a huge fan of the organization in terms of actually watching it. Don't get me wrong - I love  the work they put into their company, but the quality of fights is the absolute minimum of watchable for me.

That said, tonight's fights are really much more interesting as the featherweight tournament gets going.

So let's dive in.

Bellator Featherweight Championship bout: Joe Warren (c) v. Pat Curran

This card is being headlined by one of the most attractive match-ups that the company can make. Joe Warren has certainly gone past his prime, but his wrestling skills are still strong and he is a worthy champion.

Curran is an excellent young prospect who appears well on his way to becoming a notable featherweight.

Curran has proven his weight cut from lightweight is not having any adverse effects, and I say he pulls out a decision.

Bellator Featherweight Quarterfinals

Marlon Sandro v. Roberto Vargas

Sandro had been on a tear up until his last fight and is a Sengoku star who trains with UFC World Champion Jose Aldo. His dominant efforts should definitely earn him some respect.

Vargas has a good submission game himself, and it should be fun if these two go to the ground.

Ultimately, Sandro has a more complete game, so I'll take him to grind out a decision.

Ronnie Mann v. Mike Corey

Corey has the skills to win this fight, and his draw with Chris Horodecki is something to pay attention to, but Mann has shown an excellent stand-up game, especially in the Muai Thai clinch.

I'll lean Mann by 2nd-round KO.

Other fights

Alexandre Berreza v. Genair da Silva  Danny Foster - Taking the established guy over the replacement by submission in Round 1.

Daniel Straus v. Jeremy Spoon - I'll go with Straus by decision thanks to his vastly superior wrestling game.

Undercard 280-lb. Catchweight bout: Sean McCorkle v. Richard White - I'm taking the former UFC prospect in McCorkle to win via 1st-round KO.

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