Bellator, the second MMA promotion in the United States behind the behemoth UFC, continues their sixth season tonite with Bellator 65 from Atlantic City’s venerable Boardwalk Hall. Despite their longevity, the Bellator roster is still not developed enough to have a top name on every card, and this is clearly an example of a card with next to no name recognition. The action should still be fast and furious, as the card is built around their bantamweight tournament opening round and a semi-final in their featherweight tournament. The card also sees Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky taking on Eduardo Dantas in a title defense, and the preliminary card may have the biggest name on the card.
In order to have competitors for their ongoing welterweight tourney, Bellator announced a qualifier between Bellator veteran Lyman Good and journeyman LeVon Maynard. Good was one of Bellator’s early stars, and his only losses come to elite wrestler Ben Askren and star Judoka Rick Hawn. Well with all due respect to Levon Maynard, he is no Hawn or Askren, and the line is just about right.
The Featherweight tournament semi final sees another heavy favorite in Daniel Strauss, being picked to raze Mike Corey. This one is a little harder to understand. Both men won their tournament opening fights on March 9th, both men going the distance. Both men have very respectable ring records and both are tested against solid competition. Corey also trains with current Bellator champion Pat Curran, and being around winners can’t hurt. There may be some value in Corey as the underdog here.
The Bantamweight title bout is a complete pick ‘em fight. Makovsky has a solid record and comes from a solid camp in the Philadelphia Fight Factory, however his opponent comes from one of Brazil’s most respected academies in Nova Uniao. I’m going to lean towards picking the Brazilian in this one, though Makovsky will definitely look to make a fight out of it. Get your last minute bets in for Bellator 65!