Bellator 106: A Look At The PPV…

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King Mo gets a rematch with EManuel Newton. It is a chance to both avenge his loss and add Bellator’s interim title.

We are roughly seven weeks away from Bellator’s first PPV event, scheduled for November 6th in Long Beach, California.   Right now, 4 of the bouts have been announced, and lines are popping up at some of the books for the Tito Ortiz-Quinton Jackson main event and for the Lightweight title rematch between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler.  Also announced is a Featherweight title match between champion Pat Curran and challenger Daniel Straus, as well as an interim Light Heavyweight title bout between Muhammed Lawal and Emanuel Newton.

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Right now, the main event has Jackson (-240) over Ortiz (+180).  It makes sense, as Jackson has definitely seemed comfortable and rejuvenated  since joining Bellator.  Meanwhile, Ortiz was retired after going 1-7-1 in his last nine fights.  Though he has healed up a lot of injuries and also talks about feeling like a new man, it is hard to avoid the glaring fact that he has one win since 2006.

A more interesting fight is the Lightweight title bout featuring challenger Eddie Alvarez (+165) as an underdog underdog to champion Michael Chandler at (-205).  Yes, Chandler owns the win in the first match, but Alvarez has earned a reputation as a winner.  He has lost 3 bouts in a career that has seen him matched against very solid competition from the beginning.  Alvarez has revenge on his mind, and betting him as a slight underdog is probably the way to go in this one.

With Light Heavyweight titlist Attila Vegh on the shelf, Bellator had to do something to get a title around King Mo’s waist – enter the interim title and Emanuel Newton.  This is called killing two birds with one stone, as it both gets Lawal a title and allows him to avenge his previous KO loss to Newton.  Despite that previous fight, look for Newton to be a pretty wide underdog when the lines start to pop up for this one.

Pat Curran will be favored to win over Daniel Straus when that line hits.  Straus is a solid 21-4 and has put together a solid 4 fight winning streak including a tournament win to earn the title shot, but Curran has nearly as many fights and his level of competition is much, much higher.  This may turn out to be the most exciting fight of the night, and if it turns into a barnburner anything can happen, but Curran will be favored when the line opens.


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