What Happened?

[Mini] What Happened? (Bellator 192

Let’s see what happened in the land of Bellator. Once again, I do not watch Bellator often but I like making predictions and sometimes Bellator has fighters I’m a fan of that are fighting. So let’s see how the fights went down and my predictions held up:

Aaron Pico vs. Shane Kruchten

Aaron Pico is known to me as having one of the worst, over-hyped debuts in MMA history. Now he is going up against a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu fight in Shane Kruchten who is 12-3 while he is only 1-1. Good luck with that.

Winner: Aaron Pico via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales

I didn’t get to see this fight sadly as my recorder did not operate properly. But from what I could hear about it, Henry Corrales outsruck his opponent to get the victory. I thought Georgi Karakhanyan would be able to submit him but I guess that was inaccurate.

Winner: Henry Corrales via Decision

Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi

This went how I predicted it. Michael Chandler uses his wrestling to control Goit Yamuchi for the entire fight to get the decision. Do I need to say more? I just hope he gets the title shot he deserves after losing it from an accidental ankle injury

Winner: Michael Chandler via Decision

Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (c) vs. Rory “The Red King” MacDonald

This also went how I pictured it going. Rory MacDonald used his striking to wear down Douglas Lima on the feet then used his wrestling to neutralize his offense. Lima was able to land leg kicks that gave MacDonald a big lump on his leg but that was about it.

Winner: Rory MacDonald via Decision

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen

Some say it’s boring, but I say it is brilliant. If you are a wrestler that is going up aagainst a knockout artist then I would suggest using that wrestling to neutralze your opponent. That is exactly what Chael Sonn did to get the victory over Quinton Jackson and move on to the next round of the tournament.

Winner: Chael Sonnen via Decision

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

Here are my prediction results with some interesting stats to go along with it:

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  • 60% of winners picked correctly
  • 60% of predictions were perfect
  • Prediction accuracy for this event was better than the one for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou (go figure)
Who You Got?

[Mini] Who You Got? (Bellator 192)

I’m not the biggest Bellator fan but I would be lying if I said their show is garbage. They tend to put on great fights and utilize big names to keep me interested from time to time. Bellator 192 is no exception. However, because I do not want to become worn out from writing too many “Who You Got?” blogs, I decided to condense this one so that I can give out my fight picks while still keeping it easier to make. Expect short and sweet explanations below as I give out my predictions for the fights on this evening that will go down in Inglewood, California:

Aaron Pico vs. Shane Kruchten

Aaron Pico is known to me as having one of the worst, over-hyped debuts in MMA history. Now he is going up against a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu fight in Shane Kruchten who is 12-3 while he is only 1-1. Good luck with that.

Predicted winner: Shane Kruchten via Submission in Round 1

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales

To be honest, I don’t really know these guys. But they both like to grapple and Georgi Karakhanyan is apparently a master at it (also has never been submitted in his MMA career) so I am going to have to go with him in this one. Since Henry Corrales has some background in submission, I’ll have him survive at least the first round.

Predicted winner: Georgi Karankhanyan via Submission in Round 2

Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi

It is hard for me to pick against Michael Chandler in any fight. So I won’t. Goiti Yamauchi is an insanely great submission specialist, but I see Chandler’s wrestling being enough to neutralize in for all three rounds.

Predicted winner: Michael Chandler via Decision

Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (c) vs. Rory “The Red King” MacDonald

Rory MacDonald has all the tools to win this. Douglas Lima may be great at finishing guys but MacDonald’s list of people who has beaten him are some of the most elite fighters in MMA history. I see MacDonald point striking him on the feet and out-wrestling him to get a decision victory.

Predicted winner: Rory MacDonald via Decision

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen

This main event has the potential to be a snooze fest. I see it going either two ways: Chael Sonnen tries to stand with Quinton Jackson and gets knocked out or Sonnen wrestles with Jackson to get him to the ground to get an easy decision win. I see the latter happening.

Predicted winner: Chael Sonnen via Decision

News

Bellator 180 Press Conference Reaction

Bellator’s New York debut will host an impressively stacked PPV card that will have two title fights and a co-main event and main event that consits of legend in the industry when Chael Sonnen faces off against longtime rival Wanderlei Silva and Fedor Emelianenko faces off against Matt Mitrione (I already talked briefly about these two matchups here). Plus they have one more fight that they plan to announce sometime this week. The two championship bouts include Douglas Lima defending his welterweight title against recently signed Lorenz Larkin and Michael Chandler defending his lightweight title against undefeated prospect Brent Primus. It is a good time to be a Bellator fan and I believe this is the perfect oppurtunity for any UFC fan to check out some of the action that Bellator has going on at Bellator 180 (if you are willing to spend $49.95 for it). The press conference that happened today had all of the fighter, with the exception of Silva who was there live via satellite. Sonnen constantly mocked The Axe Murderer with funny lines that include him broadcasting from behind a bathroom. Silva responded by telling Sonnen to “suck my balls” with a smile on his face. The two have a history that went all the way back to when they were still in the UFC and were coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Brasil 3. This was actually pretty tame by their stanards but was still hilarious and made the press conference great. The other fighters made respectful comments about their fights and their opponents. Mitrione talked about the kidney stones (24 of them!) he had within him that he had taken care of. It was not weight related he said which was surprising. Hopefully this next fight between him and The Last Emperor stays intact for the love of mankind. Lorenz Larkin made the only other interesting comments when he discussed his transition to Bellator (I also briefly talked about his transition here). He said he was surprised that the promotion gave him a title shot right off the bat. I believe he did indeed earn it because of his high rank in a promotion that alread has far more suprerior talents then the current promotion he is in right now. I think he has a great chance to take the belt in New York. All of the fights are shaping up nicely and the addition of another fight on an already stacked card will lead to me spending money (and possibly making prediction) for this historic Bellator event.