The next UFC event that is on the schedule is still over a month away. Granted, the UFC has their Reality Series, with another series running in Brazil, and they have a myriad of broadcasts that show archive fights, but for live fighting in March, Bellator FC is the only game in town. Bellator 60 went down last weekend with a tremendous main event – the featherweight title bout that saw Pat Curran earn the title with a decisive bludgeoning of former champ Joe Warren. Bellator 61 this weekend brings us the closer to last years heavyweight tournament as Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle do battle, and they kick off their Middleweight tournament. The Bellator 62, 63 and 64 events feature tournament opening rounds, and April sees welterweight champion Ben Askren return to defend his title against Douglas Lima and poster boy Eddie Alvarez returns for a superfight against a past nemesis in Japanese ace Shinya Aoki.
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The first main event is this weekend’s Heavyweight tilt between Prindle and Santos. Their first meeting ended early with a no contest due to a low blow. This is a hard fight to pick, as both big guys have proven to be bangers in their early Bellator fights, and both are still green and coming along in their MMA careers. I’m picking Santos in this one. Whatever happens, the winner gets a shot at Kole Conrad, the Bellator Heavyweight Champion. Bellator needs the winner of this bout to come through healthy so the title bout can be scheduled, as Konrad has not fought since August of last year.
The next compelling title bout is on April 6th in the welterweight division, as Askren defends his title against Lima. Askren described his last fight, against Jay Hieron as dissappointing, and Askren has gone the distance in his last several outings. Lima was dominant in winning last season’s tournament, and he has finished a large percentage of his fights. I am looking for Lima to pull off the victory in this one, as Askren can be accused of still being too much of a wrstler and not enough of a mixed martial artist.
The match that is already at the books is Aoki and Alvarez, and this is a really compelling fight. Aoki caught Alvarez quick in their first meeting, and Alvarez is coming off only the third loss of his career, but the former champion is installed as the favorite in this fight. I love Alvarez, but have to go with the dog and Aoki on this one, I am going to ask Ed to prove he can beat this guy.