Bellator 157: The Must-See Bouts
The big name on tonight’s Bellator 157: Dynamite II card is of course Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and I’ll get to him later, but there will be plenty of action emanating from the Scottrade Center tonight that will have you on your feet.
Michael Chandler vs. Patricky Freire II
The vacant Bellator Lightweight title is at stake with the release of former champion “Ill Will” Brooks before his eventual signing with the UFC–and “Iron” Michael wants the title back.
In the first frame of what could easily be a trilogy depending on tonight’s result in this bout, Chandler exhibited a common issue wrestler’s have when transitioning to MMA: although the attitude and work ethic are phenomenal and the sport is a great jumping off point to Jiu-Jitsu, physically you will see wrestlers make punches an after thought.
That is not the case with Chandler anymore. His biggest issue according to Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith is maintaining his pace over time. However, Chandler is unbeaten when at home in St. Louis (2-0, with both triumphs being finishes.) Patricky’s brother Patricio lost his belt in St. Louis, could Chandler make the other “Pitbull” Come up short?
Freire is open to takedowns and ground and pound punches. That will win him the title if he can get the fight to the canvas.
Quinton Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii
Just because this is one bout is part of a court settlement with Bellator before Jackson returns to the UFC doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t expect a show.In Jackson’s own words, he’s a brawler.
The ground game will be nonexistent and there is a great likelihood that you will be able to count the number of leg kicks that he throws on a single hand. Ishii is an Olympic medal winner in Judo, but to execute Judo takedowns he’ll need to be in close–most likely in the clinch.
Pure striking: advantage Jackson
“Dirty”/Clinch boxing: advantage Jackson
Technicality/Grappling: Ishii (Jackson will most likely only grapple to get the fight back to the feet.)
The clinch could also lead to one of Jackson’s famous powerslams, which “Sport Science” measured at 400 Gs with punches to match that are “like having a teenage Hippo sit on your head.”
Matt Mitrione vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Expect a similar result from these Heavyweights. These men are only separated by two fights– 14 for Mitrione [9-5] and 16 for Seumanutafa [10-6.]. This will be a boxing match unless Mitrione wants to utilize his wrestling.
MMAFighting notes that with increased skill on the part of the opponents of Seumanutafa, the more rough of a nigh he has. Mitrione leads in reach, has had higher quality opponents based on his time in the UFC. Bellator 148 was Seumanutafa first time in a major promotion since coming off the indies of MMA.
It could be that Seumanutafa will gas out and/or swing with reckless abandon. It should be all about timing and controlled aggression for the Springfield, Illinois hometown hero in Mitrione.
The full card is below:
(Kickboxing) Kevin Ross vs. Justin Houghton (Kickboxing) Denise Kielholtz vs. Gloria Peritore Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Rebecca Ruth
Preliminary card (Spike.com)
Justin Lawrence vs. Isao Kobayashi Jordan Dowdy vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos Kevin Engel vs. Chel Erwin-Davis Jordan Howard vs. Justin Robbins Joaquin Buckley vs. Chris Heatherly Women’s Catchweight (130 pounds) Michelle Royer vs. Katy Collins Brad Jones vs.Tyler Clausen Jason Christeson vs. Jarrod Thomas Lee Burns vs. Byron Stevens Mike Estus vs. Steven Mann Rashard Lovelace vs. Garrett Mueller Nicole Smith vs. Ashley Cummins (Kickboxing) Elmir Kulosman vs. Darryl Cobb (Kickboxing) Tara Walker vs. Mimi Kutzin
Bellator Kickboxing: St. Louis bouts
Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato Raymond Daniels vs. Stefano Bruno Keri Melendez vs. Sarah Howell