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Bellator 133

 

 

This Friday night, live and free on Spike, BellatorMMA will hold their second event of 2015. This will also be their second event since changing from the seasonal tournament format to the more modern day monthly events.

Belatour fighter Daniel Weichel.

Bellator fighter Daniel Weichel.

There will be a four fight main card, but I’ll be focusing on the co-main event, as well as the main-event. First up in what should prove to be a very exciting match-up, Daniel Weichel (34-8) will be facing off against the former two-time Bellator featherweight champion, Pat Curran (24-8). Weichel had a very good showing inside the Bellator cage last year as he went 3-0 while winning the season-ten featherweight tournament in the process. This should have secured him a featherweight title shot, but this never came to fruition as Bellator scrapped their tournament format. He will now face off against Curran in what should be a number one contender’s bout. Curran fought twice in 2014 where he won the featherweight title from Daniel Straus, only to lose it in his first title defense to Patrício Freire. Curran is a tough fight for any featherweight on the roster as he holds a Bellator record of 10-3, with three knockouts and three submissions. This should be a very entertaining match-up and I look forward to seeing it. This one is difficult to call but I will say Pat Curran will win via split decision.

Next up, we have the makings for an explosive stand-up battle, as two of Bellator’s hardest hitters will test one another’s chin. Melvin Manhoef (29-12-1-1NC) takes on a Bellator’s former Middleweight champion, Alexander Shlemenko (51-9). Manhoef has gone 1-1 inside the Bellator cage, with both results coming by way of knockout. His Bellator debut saw him score a first round knockout over a very game Doug Marshall. He returned less than two months later only to get knocked out by fellow kick-boxer, Joe Schilling.

Alexander "The Storm" Shlemenko.

Alexander “The Storm” Shlemenko.

He should be very motivated to redeem himself in this match-up against Shlemenko. Shlemenko has compiled a very impressive 11-3 record under the Bellator banner, although he’s winless in his last two Bellator bouts. The first loss was to a much larger Tito Ortiz in a fight in which Shlemenko moved up a weight class to light-heavyweight. Four months later, at Bellator 126, he lost his middleweight championship to Brandon Halsey while attempting to secure his fourth title defense. He has since gotten back to his winning ways as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Yasubey Enomoto at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 18. This should be a great night of fights for Bellator fans. Both of these match-ups should be very competitive and could easily go either way. I am very confident that the main event will not be making it to the judges scorecards, so get ready to see an explosive knockout to end a great night of fights. I predict that this fight will end in a knockout victory for Alexander Shlemenko.

 

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