Bellator returns to Spike TV this weekend with its 147th offering, live from San Jose, California. The card features Strikeforce and UFC veteran Josh Thomson making his debut for Bellator, though it’s under a familiar former boss in Scott Coker. In the main event, he takes on South American Pablo Villaseca in a showcase bout that could lead to an eventual title shot.
The card is supported by a good co-main event in the featherweight division, as former title challengers Georgi Karakhanyan and Daniel Weichel square off. They find themselves in loaded division filled with names like Daniel Straus, Patricio Freire, Pat Curran and Emmanuel Sanchez, among others. They look to jump back into the title fray come this weekend.
Other names on the card include Patricky Freire, Virgil Zwicker and Brian Rogers. The card looks to be one of excitement, so be sure to tune in. So, without further ado, let’s take a peak at the card and make some predictions for fight night.
Josh Thomson vs. Pablo Villaseca
There isn’t a whole lot to break down with this fight. This is a showcase for Josh Thomson, who just signed with Bellator. Pablo Villaseca is 0-1 in the company and definitely has no business headlining a card as of right now. Expect this to be quick and violent. Thomson has been around the block a few times and knows all the tricks of the trade. He wins via knockout.
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Weichel
Two of Bellator’s best featherweights occupy the co-main event in what should be an excellent affair. Both Georgi Karakhanyan and Daniel Weichel are very well-rounded and tough. That’s what makes this fight pick so difficult. I will go with Karakhanyan here, who might just be a tad more dangerous than the feisty German.
Patricky Freire vs. Derek Anderson
A rematch is booked next on the main card, as Patricky Freire looks to avenge an earlier career loss to Derek Anderson. The thing with Patricky is that he looks very good one moment and underachieves at other moments. He is far less consistent than his brother Patricio. Anderson, on the other hand, is very underrated and has good skills. He takes this one in an exciting, back-and-forth affair.
Virgil Zwicker vs. Brian Rogers
You like barn burners? I suspect that Virgil Zwicker vs. Brian Rogers will suffice your appetite for destruction. Both men love to bang on the feet and have great power in their strikes. That’s why I would be shocked if this made it to the judges. Simply put this is anyone’s fight. At this point in their careers though, I will go with Zwicker via knockout.
Mario Soto vs. Adam Piccolotti
A pair of west coast prospects look to jump into the spotlight in the main card kick off, as Mario Soto and Adam Piccolotti meet in the evenings opener. Both men have made impressive records mostly by beating out lower level talent. However, both have shown a penchant for finishing fights, especially Soto. This will be a close fight, but Soto should have the skills to outlast Piccolotti in this one.
AJ McKee Jr. vs. JT Donaldson
A pair of young mixed martial artists look to gain experience off fighting one another as 2-0 A.J. McKee Jr. takes on 1-1 J.T. Donaldson. McKee is the son of Antonio McKee, a longtime MMA veteran. McKee looks to be a strong prospect in the mold of his father, a strong, athletic grinder with good toughness. He will take you down and beat you up, which is what will happen to Donaldson here.
James Terry vs. Mauricio Alonso
Two veterans of the cage will collide in the next one, as Strikeforce vet James Terry squares off with Brazilian Mauricio Alonso. Terry is a good striker that looks for the knockout frequently. He will likely do that against Alonso, who will likely gladly oblige. The problem with Alonso is he’s very inconsistent. Terry is battle tested and hungry, which will allow him to finish Alonso within the three allotted rounds.
Thomas Diagne vs. Erick Sanchez
Team Alpha Male’s Erick Sanchez is looking to stand out amongst the strong pool of talent from that camp and gets a veteran in Thomas Diagne to prove his worth. Both fighters have made their records off beating lower-end talent. However, Diagne has fought some credible opponents, even if they were in losing efforts. However, can Diagne’s wrestling hold up to the test of Sanchez. This writer says no, as Sanchez scores a convincing decision.
JJ Okanovich vs. Frank Sanchez
A pair of fighters with 1-1 records meet up next, as J.J. Okanovich takes on Frank Sanchez. Both men have a knockout loss on their records and a win over a low-level talent. However, in examining both fighters, Okanovich is bigger and stronger than Sanchez, and although size doesn’t win fights, it definitely helps. I think that Okanovich will bully Sanchez to a victory.
Alvin Cacdac vs. Jeremiah Labiano
Two west coast veterans collide in an intriguing bout, as 20-plus fight veteran Alvin Cacdac meets up with Jeremiah Labiano. Cacdac has found trouble with consistency, as he is 16-11 and has struggled against some middling talent. However, Labiano is more consistent, especially seeing as he has beat some reputable fighters. Cacdac has been submitted many times, which plays right into the hands of Labiano, who scores a tapout win here.
Jose Perez vs. Bronson Mohika
A pair of fighters with one pro bout under their belt square off next, as 1-0 Jose Perez takes on 0-1 Bronson Mohika. Mohika was submitted in his only pro bout, something that could be foreshadowing in this one. Perez can do work on the ground and has a workmanlike approach that could be the difference maker. Perez scores the victory here.
Adin Duenas vs. Anthony Taylor
Adin Duenas looks to build some momentum in the next bout when he takes on debuting pro Anthony Taylor. Taylor had an awful amateur record, losing five in a row before turning pro for this bout. Most of his losses are by decision, but he does have some submission losses as well. Duenas has no problem taking this fight to the ground, where he will score the victory in this bout.
Anthony Do vs. Dustin Moore
Young guns Anthony Do and Dustin Moore will dust it up next in what will likely feature a lot of kickboxing. The flyweights both like to contest their bouts on the feet, which will make for a fun scrap come fight night. Moore was 1-2 as an amateur, so there is some concern there, especially since Do is 2-1 as a professional. Do also runs with American Kickboxing Academy, where he gets strong training and coaching. I see Do taking this one.