bellator picks

March 31st, 2017
Gabe Killian

Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo II Date: March 31, 2017 Arena: Allstate Arena City: Rosemont, IL Bellator Fighting Championship (Bellator FC) heads to Rosemont, IL outside Chicago this Friday (March 31, 2017) for Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo II. The five-fight main card is set to kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Spike…

March 31st, 2017
Gabe Killian

Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo II Date: March 31, 2017 Arena: Allstate Arena City: Rosemont, IL Bellator Fighting Championship (Bellator FC) heads to Rosemont, IL outside Chicago this Friday (March 31, 2017) for Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo II. The five-fight main card is set to kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Spike…

March 31st, 2017
Gabe Killian

Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo II Date: March 31, 2017 Arena: Allstate Arena City: Rosemont, IL Bellator Fighting Championship (Bellator FC) heads to Rosemont, IL outside Chicago this Friday (March 31, 2017) for Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo II. The five-fight main card is set to kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Spike…

March 30th, 2017
Jay Primetown

Jay Primetown takes a look at some of the key contests each week in mixed martial arts. In the latest installment, we look at the main event of Bellator 175 as “King Mo” Muhammad Lawal takes on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Muhammad Lawal (Record: 20-6, -335 Favorite) The Bellator MMA light heavyweight was one of the…

March 2nd, 2017
Gabe Killian

Bellator 174 Date: March 3, 2017 Arena: WinStar World Casino City: Thackerville, OK Bellator Fighting Championship is back in Thackerville, OK this Friday night (March 3, 2017) with Bellator 174: Coenen vs. Budd. The four-fight main card will be live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET, with preliminary action preceding it on the promotion’s…

February 18th, 2017
Gabe Killian

Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione Date: February 18, 2017 Arena: SAP Center City: San Jose, CA Bellator Fighting Championship is back this Saturday (February 18, 2017) with Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione. The five-fight main card is scheduled to kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV, with preliminary action preceding it on the promotion’s website at…

June 25th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

After a weekend of MMA featuring Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock, UFC Fight Night 70 and Bellator 139 are left with the unfortunate task of trying to measure up. The whole MMA Analysis crew is back together this week to attempt to inject some fun into a rather bleak set of fights, and with podcast…

June 24th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

For the first time since October 2014, Bellator will be holding events on back-to-back weeks. Last week, the organization put on the most-watched show in its history, as Kimbo Slice defeated Ken Shamrock in an absurdly entertaining fight and event. Scott Coker and company will be hoping that some of the audience from last week…

June 18th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

With a big weekend in MMA on the horizon, the MMA Analysis crew turns in one of their longest shows ever to break down the historic Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock bout. Apparently some Ultimate Fighting Champion organization is also putting on a card this weekend, and that gets discussed as well… but Kimbo vs….

June 17th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

This Friday will be one of the biggest and most bizarre days in the history of Bellator MMA. The promotion is putting on the fight that began Elite XC’s downward spiral nearly seven years ago. The original UFC superfight champion Ken Shamrock will take on the original YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice at Bellator 138. The…

May 13th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Bellator returns for the first time in just over a month, with a Bellator 137 card juxtaposing the organization’s past and future. Middleweight champion Brandon Halsey makes his first title defense against a somewhat surprising foe, Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove. Grove has been competing in MMA professionally for nearly 12 years, while Halsey…

April 8th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

This Friday will be another packed one for MMA fans, with Bellator, WSOF, and RFA all putting on shows the help get your weekend started. Bellator’s event is the biggest of the three, as Spike TV will play host to a lightweight title bout, a potential #1 contender’s fight, and GLORY start Joe Schilling makes…

March 25th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

While there is no UFC event this coming weekend, MMA fans will still have plenty to watch on both Friday and Saturday evening, as Bellator and WSOF both have card headlined by solid title fights. The action will kick off on Friday with Bellator 135, where Joe Warren defends his bantamweight title against a familiar…

February 25th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The British are coming! The British are coming! Well… the British who aren’t injured or haven’t had their fights cancelled for some other reason are coming. Alright, three British dudes are coming. Liam McGeary, Paul Daley (on his second scheduled bout) and Linton Vassell will be flying the Union Jack at Bellator 134 against an…

February 9th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

To be honest, I miss Bjornator. Sure, the new Strikeator (Spikeforce? Bellaforce?) under Scott Coker’s guidance has given us some entertaining fights (who didn’t enjoy Joe Schilling and Melvin Manhoef?), but the promotion seems to not have any real direction anymore. The paring down of events was supposed to give us deeper cards, but as…

January 14th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

2015 was supposed to be a new start for Bellator. Scott Coker has been in power since June of last year, he’s had time to work through the events that Bjorn Rebney already had in place, shape the roster with his vision, and the result is… the promotion’s first card of 2015, Bellator 132, looking…

November 12th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Saturday will see the three biggest North American MMA promotions going head-to-head-to-head, as the UFC, Bellator, and WSOF all have cards running. From the standpoints of relevance, entertaining matchmaking, and morbid curiosity, Bellator may actually have the most intriguing card of the three. The only problem is that the company can’t seem to get out…

October 21st, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Bellator 130 will be the end of an era, since it is the last weekly fight card the organization will hold. Moving forward, Bellator will run more of a traditional schedule with 12 to 16 planned events per year. Before that change in operational model goes through, there’s still some business to attend to on…

October 15th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This Friday’s “Bellator” 129 card seems to be a new direction for the promotion. It seems they’ve taken Terry Trebilcock’s old King of the Cage formula and farmed out the Bellator name to some random Midwestern promotion running random Midwestern fights between random, once-moderately-named Midwestern fighters. Oh… this really is a Bellator card? My only…

October 8th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Bellator continues their yo-yo between bouts that are simply fun, and bouts that are relevant. This week we get the latter, as top 10 bantamweight in the world, Bellator champion Eduardo Dantas returns to action for just the second time in 2014 against interim champ Joe Warren. Both men have been plagued with concussion issues…

October 1st, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Bellator has been extremely inconsistent with their cards since returning to their weekly schedule. Scott Coker has made the right call to move on from the weekly schedule next year, as the organization simply does not have the roster to sustain such a high volume. In the meantime they’ll put on cards like Bellator 125,…

September 22nd, 2014
Brad Taschuk

MMA fans will have many choices for Friday night viewing, as Bellator, Titan FC, and Legacy FC all have cards overlapping to kick off the weekend. Bellator 126 is the highest profile of the three cards and it should be a good one, with a title fight and a tournament final taking place. In the…

September 19th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Violence will be the order of the day when Bellator 125 hits the airwaves on Friday night on Spike TV. The organization’s four-fight main card is headlined by a pair of middleweight bouts which seem extremely likely to end with only one fighter conscious. Combined, those top four fighters have 68 career wins, 55 of…

September 17th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef aren’t going to suddenly become world-beaters at 37 and 38 years old, respectively. We all know exactly what each man brings to the cage at this point in their careers. That’s exactly why, despite being divisionally irrelevant — yes, even in Bellator — this fight is something to watch on…

September 10th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

After going head-to-head with the UFC last week, Bellator should have a bit easier time keeping eyeballs this week. While the card may not have the name value of last week’s show, light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton will be defending his belt against UFC veteran Joey Beltran in the main event. His next challenger could…

September 5th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

While the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 50 is going down just 20 minutes away at Foxwoods Casino, Bellator will be live on Spike TV with their four-fight main card from the Mohegan Sun starting at 8pm ET. The scheduling of these two events is almost perfect for MMA fans, as the Bellator main…

September 2nd, 2014
Brad Taschuk

There’s already been one Bellator card since Scott Coker took over the reins of the promotion early this year, but Bellator 123 is the first event that Coker has really been able to put his stamp on. With that in mind, this looks very much like a Strikeforce card. It’s headlined by a solid title…

July 24th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Bellator returns to Spike TV on Friday night for the first time in seven weeks, and for the first time under Scott Coker’s guidance, as some of their season ten tournaments conclude while the 2014 summer series rolls on. Brett Cooper (20-9) has already challenged for the Bellator middleweight title despite never winning a tournament….

July 24th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

While this Friday marks the first Bellator event under the direction of Scott Coker, it won’t be until their September card that the promotion truly takes on the feel of Strikeforce. Bellator 122 still feels very much like Bjorn Rebney’s Bellator, as tournament bouts dominate this card. Middleweight tournament finals between Brett Cooper and Brandon…

June 4th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Bellator’s 2014 ‘Summer Series’ kicks off this Friday from Thackerville, Oklahoma. The card features the majority of their latest light heavyweight tournament’s first round, and a pair of matches which seem to offer some familiar faces and not much else. The main event of the card seems to be between two of the men that…

May 18th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Bellator finally made it to pay-per-view on Saturday night, and the results seemed very appropriate for a promotion which over the years has managed to put on numerous exciting fights and memorable moments, yet has failed to gain the amount of traction one might expect from the world’s second-biggest MMA organization. There was a time…

May 17th, 2014
Gabe Killian

Bellator 120 Date: May 17, 2014 Arena: Landers Center City: Southaven, MI Bellator will be live on Pay Per View for the first time in the promotions history with Bellator 120 in Southaven, MI. The main card will go live at 10pm ET. If interested in wagering on these fights, you may do so at…

May 16th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Yesterday, MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for the main card of Bellator’s upcoming pay-per-view card, featuring Michael Chandler and Will Brooks in an interim lightweight title bout, as well as the “freakshow” fight between Alexander Shlemenko and Tito Ortiz. However, before the organization heads over to PPV at 10pm, they have a…

May 13th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

It seems as though this past Saturday had almost as big an impact on Bellator’s upcoming pay-per-view effort as this coming Saturday — the actual night of the fights — will have. Of course, that was when it was announced that Eddie Alvarez was forced out of the main event of Bellator 120 and his…

May 8th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator 119, also known as the show before Bellator delves into the PPV business, comes to us from Rama, Ontario, Canada as an event that has been ravaged by injuries. We are temporarily missing out on a featherweight fight between Fabricio Guerreiro and Shahbulat Shamhalaev as well as Brett Cooper vs Brandon Halsey in a…

May 7th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This Friday (May 9, 2014) will mark the first tournament final of Bellator’s tenth season, as Desmond Green takes on Daniel Weichel for a shot at the organization’s featherweight belt once the Pat Curran-Patricio Freire-Daniel Straus triangle gets sorted out. Five other tournament winners will be crowned in upcoming events as season ten closes out….

May 6th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

As has become one of the overriding themes of Bellator’s tenth season, Bellator 119 will not end up the same card it was originally scheduled to be. Last week we saw Bellator put on an interim bantamweight title bout as champion Eduardo Dantas had to drop out of his fight with Joe Warren. Justin Baesman…

May 2nd, 2014
Jason Nawara

After a two week absence, Bellator has made it’s way to Revel Atlantic City for a bantamweight title fight and a smattering of tournament bouts in the light heavyweight and welterweight divisions. This is an underrated show. I’m calling it. In the main event, we have former Bellator featherweight champion, Joe Warren (10-3) who in…

May 2nd, 2014
Adam Martin.

The main event of Bellator 118 is a five-round title fight for the interim Bellator bantamweight championship between Joe Warren and Rafael “Morcego” Silva. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook lists Warren as a -150 favorite (bet $150 to win $100) while Silva is a +140 underdog (bet $100 to win $140). MMA…

April 29th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Although an injury to Bellator’s bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas forced him to drop out of his scheduled title defense with Joe Warren, the organization recovered swiftly and made what could even be considered a more interesting bout. Rafael Silva will step in on short notice to take on Warren for the interim bantamweight title. While…

April 17th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This Friday, Bellator will crown their third new champion of 2014 as Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn battle to determine who will be the successor to the most decorated champion in the organization’s history. Ben Askren held the welterweight title for over three years, and was the only Bellator champion to defend his title successfully…

April 11th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Bellator 116 took place from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California on Friday night and four tournament finalists were determined in Bellator’s season ten brackets. For MMA fans, it was a second dose of violence in one of the most entertaining Fridays in recent memory. Of the seven bouts with odds, four favorites…

April 9th, 2014
MMA OddsBreaker

This Friday, sandwiched between a UFC event and RFA 14 on AXS TV, Bellator will go a long way towards filling out its season 10 tournament brackets. The Bellator 116 card, which will take place from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, features four semifinal bout across three different tournaments. The heavyweight tournament final…

April 4th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Although this is one of the slowest MMA weeks in a very long time, don’t be mistaken, there is still plenty of fisticuffs to wager on for those with the urge. Bellator will kick things off on Friday night, and we released the opening odds for the original four-fight main card of Bellator 115 earlier…

April 1st, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This Friday, Bellator puts on their fifth consecutive card with a title fight as a headliner when Cheick Kongo takes on reigning champion Vitaly Minakov for the organization’s heavyweight belt. The event will also see a middleweight join Brett Cooper in this season’s tournament final, and half of the welterweight final will be determined as…

March 28th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

While middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko and semifinals in two different tournaments will be in the spotlight on Friday night on Spike TV, Bellator has an interesting slate of prelims set to air on their Spike.com stream before we get to the TV portion of the card. Former featherweight tournament finalist Rad Martinez returns to action…

March 26th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This weekend, Alexander Shlemenko will look to become the leader in title defenses among current Bellator champions. He has only held his belt since February 2013, but has already defended it twice since then and hopes to add a third when he takes on middleweight tournament winner Brennan Ward this Friday at the Maverik Center…

March 19th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Season 10 of Bellator keeps on rolling this Friday as another title is on the line and the first round of their lightweight tournament kicks off. Even though Emanuel Newton has been in the higher profile fights of late, it’s Attila Vegh who is defending his light heavyweight title at Bellator 113. Some familiar names…

March 12th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

As is bound to happen when a promotion undertakes the task of putting on a fight card every week, Bellator had to do some serious reshuffling of the card featuring the opening round of their welterweight tournament. Luckily for the promotion, the centerpiece of the entire card hasn’t changed as Daniel Straus will still defend…

March 7th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator season is in full-swing, people, and Bellator 111 is coming at us full throttle with a title defense and the opening round of this year’s heavyweight tournament. Defending his Bellator bantamweight title for the second time is Eduardo Dantas (15-3) a Nova Uniao product who trains next to Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, but…

March 5th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

After Bellator’s season 10 premiere, which featured the best result the organization could have hoped for in the light heavyweight tournament and some of the worst at featherweight, the company moves on to the heavyweights. An eight-man bracket should either provide some quick, violent finishes or drawn-out, plodding matches. Hopefully, for all our sakes, it…