Bellator 107 went down last night , main evented by three Season 10 tournament finals, in the Heavyweight, Bantamweight and Middleweight divisions. Cheick Kongo consistently outworked Peter Graham to go home with the Heavyweight title, while Brennan Ward put away rugged Dane Mikkel Parlo at Middleweight and Joe Warren took out Travis Marx to win at bantamweight. All three winners move on to title shots in Bellator, so let’s take a look at those matchups.
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In the Bantamweight division, Joe Warren took out Travis Marx to get a shot at current champion Eduardo Dantas. It is a tough match for Warren, as at 37 years old, he has 13 years on Dantas, and dantas has the experience advantage in MMA. Dantas also has a win over Alexis Vila, while Warren lost to Vila. The telltale signs say that Dantas will win, but this is a good opportunity for Warren to show how far he has come along as an MMA artist.
The Middleweight tournament went to Brennan Ward, who now gets a shot at Alexander Shlemenko. Shlemenko has been dominant on this roster, especially since Hector Lombard vacated the title, and it is unlikely Ward will bring enough to the table to take the belt from ‘Storm’. Look for Shlemenko to be a comfortable favorite at the books prior to thre fight.
IN the Heavyweight tournament, Cheick Kongo outworked Peter Graham to earn a shot at the winner of Vitaly Minakov and Alexander Volkov. Volkov, the current title holder will be defensing the belt on November 22nd, so Kongo will be next up for the winner. Kongo is 2-0 in Bellator and he appears focused and a pinch more aggressive than in his last UFC fights, but he has not been incredibly impressive either. Should the winner of Minakov and Volkov walk off with a spectacular win, you could see ether Russian pull close to even with Kongo at the sport books when the odds are up.