Bellator’s Season 7 crawls to an end this weekend with Bellator 84, coming to us from the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The event centers around the finals of their Lightweight and Heavyweight tournament, as Marcin Held faces Dave Jansen at 155 lbs, and the big boys features Richard Hale versus Alexander Volkov. Bellator will not be able to deliver the Featherweight final that was postponed last week between Rad Martinez and Shabulat Shamhalaev. Closure for that tournament will have to come in Season 8. But let’s look at the two tournament finals we do have.
The lines at BETDSI.COM will be up any day now, and I expect to see Hale come in as a favorite for the Heavyweight bout with Alexander Volkov. Volkov has been exciting in his previous tournament bouts, and the 6 foot 7 inch tall striker from Russia turned early tournament favorite Brett Rogers into a punching bag, and he KO’d Vinicius Quieroz.
Hale however, has proven that the move up to Heavyweight suits him very well, as he has made short work of his two tournament opponents, including favorite Thiago Santos. What is more, against Santos he weathered the storm from the bigger man, and came back and took him out. Though Volkov is likely the most skilled stand up fighter in the tournament, Hale will also have the ground option, where he can pound or finish.
Hale seems to have the proper mindset to handle Volkov’s hunger, and with their Heavyweight championship vacant, the winner may be default Heavyweight champion of Bellator.
The Lightweight tournament final between Poland’s Marcin Held and Dave Jansen pits two fighters with similar records. At 33 years old, with a record of 18-2, Jansen has to feel this is his best shot at earning a decent payday. At 15-2 and just 20 years old, Held is considered more of a prodigy type. Both are strong in the submission game, and neither owns significant KO or TKO power. Look for a ground fight that could turn very technical. My heart says Jansen, my head says Held.
The winner gets a fight with Champion Michael Chandler or his next challenger at 155, Rick Hawn. Both men meet in January as part of Bellator’s 8th season, with the winner of Held and Jansen waiting in the wings.