Bellator Season Six Preview - Bantamweight TournamentAuthor : Brad Taschuk
Last week Bellator put together another highly entertaining card, and once again the depth on their cards continues to improve, as notable undercard bouts provided some fantastic moments. This week the hardest working organization in MMA travels north of the border for the first of two Canadian cards in a span of less than a month. The Bantamweight tournament kicks off on Friday with two of four quarterfinal bouts taking place. However the most intriguing bouts on this card are the Featherweight Semifinal and Welterweight Title fight taking place.
So the results just aren't going my way lately. The Welterweight quarterfinals brought another 2-2 night to my tally for the year, despite some very pickable fights. Neither Amoussou or Rickels winning was shocking, I just didn't pick them. Alas, MMA you are a cruel mistress. Let's see if I can redeem myself in this hybrid Bantamweight quarterfinal/Featherweight semi-final/Welterweight title card, which is one of the best Bellator has put on to date.
As I just alluded to, this card isn't quite the same as the four cards Bellator has put on thus far in Season Six, as the first round of the 135lb tournament is spread between this week and next. Still, I'll preview the whole Bantamweight tournament field, and get into the intriguing fights in the 145 and 170lb divisions, including the first in a string of Bellator title fights.
In the Bantamweight tournament, I favour Japanese imports Hiroshi Nakamura and Masakatsu Ueda tomorrow. Next week I see season five finalist Alexis Vila and season four finalist Ed West advancing. I see West as somewhat of a sleeper to capture the entire tournament, as he is a difficult riddle to solve.
Head over to tazmma for my full take on each fight, as well as breakdowns of the Marlon Sandro/Alexandre Bezerra Featherweight Semifinal and the Welterweight Title Bout between Ben Askren and Douglas Lima, plus a smidgeon of betting talk.