After many stops and starts, one of the biggest grudges of Bellator will be settled.
The long-awaited showdown between British stars Michael Page and Paul Daley may seem out of place in Uncasville, Connecticut, but once these two people have entered the cage, the scene of the confrontation has not been over. ;importance. finally face to face and ready to go. Anything less than a knockout or a five-round war could be disappointing and no matter the end of the process, you'll feel that the half-breed will not be forgotten so easily.
Cheick Kongo and Vitaly Minakov face off in a battle that could determine the No. 1 contender for the Bellator heavyweight title. Nothing is guaranteed, but an emphatic finish will argue in favor of winning champion Ryan Bader.
Also on the main card, a rematch between heavyweight veterans Mirko Cro Cop and Roy Nelson, former UFC welterweight Erick Silva, debuts as Bellator against Yaroslav Amosov, still undefeated and 20-year-old Valerie Loureda is looking to make a splash with Colby Fletcher a flyweight fight.
What: Bellator 216
Or: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut
When: Saturday, February 16th. The preliminary map starts at 7:30 pm ET will air live on MMA Fighting, and the main map of five fights will air exclusively on DAZN from 10pm. AND.
Michael Page against Paul Daley
As for Michael Page's superb film, Paul Daley is a huge step forward from his previous opponents. This does not mean that the page can not win, of course. It is quite possible that he has always been far superior to the fighters with whom he has been paired and that his level is already enough to overtake Daley.
This is what odds designers think here because the "MVP" is a 2-on-1 favorite on most betting sites. It is difficult to argue with this approach, as Page usually demolished his opponents during the match (excluding Fernando Gonzalez). He also has a glossy slogan on his resume that deserves to be mentioned, although it would be shocking to see this fight spending time on the carpet.
Daley has two of the most powerful fists in welterweight history and he will have to be patient, otherwise he will be caught with a Page Sniper Marker. Sometimes this will look like a startling chess game, much like the recent Israel Adesanya-Anderson Silva encounter.
The difference is that one of these fighters does not reach the final bell. This fight is really a stunt, which is why it has been so expected; For my part, I can not look beyond Daley's great fighting experience.
Daley via KO in the second round.
To choose: Daley
Cheick Kongo against Vitaly Minakov
It is not accurate to predict that a battle of Cheick Kongo could become ugly, but it is really at stake here. Vitaly Minakov is a brilliant wrestler and it makes sense that he tries to tie Kongo and attack him. His land and his pound are absolutely dead and if he has Kongo on the back, it will be a long day for the veteran Frenchman.
Kongo has always had a decent decent defense and has made a career of punishing his opponents in hand-to-hand combat with short knees and punches. He will make Minakov work for him to get one of his trips or decisive shots.
The other problem of Minakov is that Kongo is more physically gifted than some of the opponents he has recently faced, in terms of height and reach. Kongo is more than capable of hurting Minakov and removing his 0 with a knockout.
However, I see that Minakov wins the majority of struggles here and even if he can not dominate from the top he will control the fight enough to make a decision.
To choose: minakov
Mirko Cro Cop against Roy Nelson
Here is another fact that will surprise you: not only Mirko Cro Cop has won nine fights in a row, he has all won by knockout or submission. No matter who he fought, when you know that all this happened in his forties, it's undeniably impressive.
So, do we think Cro Cop can stun Roy Nelson?
Not considering his last match against Sergei Kharitonov, Nelson still has one of the best brains in the sector and, even in the face of a revitalized Cro Cop, he should be able to avoid an early blitz and take out this fight from the first round. On the contrary, it is Cro Cop's chin that has not been tested for years. His latest clashes have been favorable, to say the least.
In his first fight, Nelson won by TKO in the third round and he had a good chance to do it earlier this time. I love that Nelson crown Cro Cop with a hammer in the right hand and finish in the second round.
To choose: Nelson
Erick Silva against Yaroslav Amosov
You would have a hard time finding a worse match for the debut of Erick Silva, Bellator.
Yaroslav Amosov is a sporting and technical striker who will not give Silva a chance to make a pearl. Athletics has always been a positive feature for Silva and everyone knows how dangerous it can be if he manages to win a takedown or show his potential, that 's it. he does not usually fear opponents with the intelligence and defense of Amosov. .
Silva has not won a decision in nine years and although it's great for the excitement factor, it does not bode well for him in this scenario as Amosov will have a day on the field distinguishing him and winning on points.
To choose: Amosov
Valerie Loureda against Colby Fletcher
This is supposed to be a showcase battle for Valerie Loureda, a taekwondo mistress dreaming of glory at the MMA. They found an opponent for her at Colby Fletcher, who has three professional fights and one bid win.
It is unlikely that this one reaches the point where the ground game of Loureda is tested. Fletcher is a brawler who has shown some improvement since her debut as an amateur, but it must be thought that this will not be enough to survive a prolonged fight against a fighter with experience in the traditional martial arts of Loureda. Loureda has spent time with Top's American team and her few amateur games and it's fair to assume she will not be a fish out of the water if this fight gets ruined.
Expect him to experience some difficulties in the first two innings before Loureda takes the shock of the third inning and does not finish.
To choose: Loureda