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Bellator announced to ESPN its forthcoming tentpole event, which is set to take place May 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The card features a number of exciting matchups, and I’ll list them below along with my initial thoughts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Michael Chandler vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Bellator 221
The main event of Bellator 221 is going to be a five-round superfight between Bellator lightweight winner Michael Chandler and Bellator featherweight champion Patricio”Pitbull” Freire. Chandler’s belt will probably be up for grabs in this one as Pitbull is going up in weight for a fight that will determine arguably the best fighter in Bellator history. Chandler (19-4) is 16-4 in Bellator and just won back the lightweight title from Brent Primus in his final fight. He’s won seven of his last eight fights complete and having a win here over Pitbull would solidify himself as the advertising’s greatest home-grown gift ever. Pitbull (28-4) can also be 16-4 in Bellator and is coming from back-to-back featherweight title defenses over Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Wiechel. What a fantastic battle between two amazing fights. Chandler will probably be favored here as he’s the larger fighter, but Pitbull is a stud and should not be counted out. Depending on the line, Pitbull may be worth a look as a dog.
Pat Curran vs. AJ McKee, Bellator 221
Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran will come back to the cage once he takes on increasing star AJ McKee. Curran (23-7) is 13-4 overall in Bellator and is among the very best fighters to ever fight for the promotion. He is actually riding a three-fight win series right now, though he has not fought since an October 2017 conclusion win over John Teixeira. McKee (13-0) made his Bellator and pro MMA introduction in October 2015 and has not looked back because as he is undefeated and has buzzsawed through each competitor that Bellator has set his manner. Curran is a good gatekeeper at this point of his profession, but McKee is a real stud and I fully expect him to win this battle. There is no doubt that the undefeated rising star is going to be a massive favorite here.
Douglas Lima vs. winner of Paul Daley/Michael Page, Bellator 221
The semifinals of this Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix will take place on this particular card comprising Douglas Lima contrary to the winner of the weekend Paul Daley vs. Michael Page battle. There is not much to say about this however as he do not know the matchup, but Lima vs. either of those guys makes for an wonderful fight.
Jake Hager vs. TBA, Bellator 221
And Jake Hager will come back to the cage to get his second MMA fight against a yet-to-be-named competition. Hager (1-0) filed JW Kiser in his Bellator and MMA debut. He looks like a very intriguing heavyweight prospect considering his strength and size, though I would anticipate Bellator to provide him a second”can” for his next battle because they continue to slow-build him. I don’t have any doubt Bellator is going to be able to discover another Kiser clone and pay them a couple thousand dollars to get completed by Hager.
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