This weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana Bellator FC presents their 70th event and their Season 6 closing show, headlined by a Heavyweight Title fight between champion Cole Konrad and Challenger Eric Prindle. The card also features the finals of the season 6 Lightweight Tournament as Brent Weedman clashes with Rick Hawn to see who challenges next for the Bellator Lightweight title held by Michael Chandler. As usual, Bellator’s season has produced some solid MMA moments, but they still leave a lot of questions about their management.
SO much for Bjorn Rebney’s declaration that only tournament winners could face the Bellator Champion’s, because Season 6 started with Eric Prindle winning nothing. To end season 5, Prindle got kicked in the groin of his tournament final against Thiago Santos, and the rematch to open season 6 was cancelled when Santos lost his battle with the buffet and did not make weight.
The truth is that both guys have 8 professional MMA fights, and are novices at the sport. Bellator has to call someone champion, and Konrad did win a Heavyweight tournament a few season’s back.
The matchup in itself is rudimentary, but it is a hard fight to pick. Prindle is a big puncher, and he is going to have 5 full rounds to land his big punch on Konrad. That is, unless he gasses out like Santos after a fourth helping of meat loaf.
Konrad is a wrestler, and he has several full distance three round fights under his belt, so he has proven he can grind out a fight if it comes down to it. We will see how the extra two rounds affect him. I’m taking Konrad in this one, despite the long layoff. He just has faced better competition than Prindle.
The Lightweight tournament bout between Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman is definitely one to look forward to.
Hawn comes with an Olympic Judo pedigree, and he has been very impressive now that he has found his proper weight class. But Weedman has been around a long time, and he has a lot of MMA experience and he has faced some very good people.
This is a fight I am going to stay away from. Weedman, granted earlier in his career, took Gray Maynard the distance, so has experience in fighting a very physical, athletic opponent. And Weedman is sneaky, he has a bag of tricks, all of which he will likely need against Hawn. I’m psyched to watch it, but I am staying away from this one betting-wise.