Bellator announced to ESPN its forthcoming tentpole event, which is set to occur May 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The card includes a number of exciting matchups, and I will list them below along with my first thoughts in the current MMA odds and ends.
Michael Chandler vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Bellator 221
The principal occasion of Bellator 221 will be a five-round superfight between Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Bellator featherweight champion Patricio”Pitbull” Freire. Chandler’s belt will probably be up for grabs in this one as Pitbull is moving up in weight for a struggle that will ascertain arguably the best fighter in Bellator history. Chandler (19-4) is 16-4 in Bellator and won back the lightweight title from Brent Primus in his final fight. He’s won seven of his last eight fights overall and with a win here over Pitbull would solidify himself as the promotion’s greatest home-grown talent . Pitbull (28-4) can also be 16-4 in Bellator and is coming from back-to-back featherweight title defenses over Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Wiechel. What a great fight between two amazing fights. Chandler will likely be favored here as he’s the larger fighter, but Pitbull is a stud and shouldn’t be counted out. Depending on the internet, Pitbull may be worth a look for a dog.
Pat Curran vs. AJ McKee, Bellator 221
Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran will come back to the cage once he chooses on increasing star AJ McKee. Curran (23-7) is 13-4 overall in Bellator and is one of the very best fighters to ever fight for the promotion. He is actually riding a three-fight win streak right now, though he has not fought as an October 2017 decision win over John Teixeira. McKee (13-0) made his Bellator and expert MMA introduction in October 2015 and has not looked back because as he is undefeated and contains buzzsawed through each opponent that Bellator has set his manner. Curran is a solid gatekeeper at this stage of his profession, however, McKee is a real stud and I fully expect him to win this battle. There is no doubt the undefeated rising star is going to be a massive favorite here.
Douglas Lima vs. winner of Paul Daley/Michael Page, Bellator 221
The semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix will take place on this card featuring Douglas Lima against the winner of the weekend Paul Daley vs. Michael Page battle. There is not much to say about this yet as he don’t know the matchup, but Lima vs. both of those guys makes for an wonderful fight.
Jake Hager vs. TBA, Bellator 221
And Jake Hager will return to the cage to get his second MMA fight against a yet-to-be-named competition. Hager (1-0) filed JW Kiser in his Bellator and MMA debut. He seems like a very intriguing heavyweight prospect considering his strength and size, though I’d anticipate Bellator to give him another”can” for his next fight because they continue to slow-build him. I don’t have any doubt Bellator is going to be able to discover a different Kiser clone and pay them a couple thousand bucks to get completed by Hager.
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