Bellator 112 is this weekend in Hammond, Indiana and the event is headlined by the Featherweight Title rematch between current champion Daniel Straus and the man he took the belt from, Pat Curran. This is the rubber match between the two, as the men have fought twice before and are 1-1 in the series. Look for a near pick ém line at the sportbooks. The event also features the start of the Bellator season 10 welterweight tournament, and the lineup for the opening round underwent a complete re-vamping less than a week out.
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The welterweight tournament saw Joe Riggs, War Machine and Mike Scanlon all pull out of the fights. Riggs and War Machine had doctor´s notes, and no reason was given for Scanlon´s exit, but the three were replaced by Nathan Coy, Cristiano Souza and Paul Bradley.
This leaves the field wide open, and the sportbooks will be scrambling to put up a line. The newcomers are all x-factors. Souza is an undefeated Brazilian at 7-0, Bradley went 0-2 in a brief stint with the UFC and Nathan Coy has put together a five fight winning streak where he has gone 3 full rounds each time, totaling 75 minutes of cage time. It is hard to see how each will factor into the tournament. Bradley will be taking on Coy in the opening round, which should be a complete toss up at the books. Souza faces Sam Oropeza in his tournament spot.
The best fighter in the tournament is likely Andrey Koreshkov, and he should be favored. His only career loss comes in Bellator against Ben Askren, but other than that the Russian has looked like a top prospect. He faces UFC veteran Na’Shon Burrell in what should be the most entertaining fight of the opening round. Look for Koreshkov to be a slight favorite at the books.
Jesse Juarez vs Andy McDonough moves into the tournament in the final fight. Juarez is a solid veteran who is riding a nice 6-1 streak in his last seven, while McDonough is an undefeated 9-0 who still lacks experience. Look for Juarez to be favored in this one.