This fight card much like most of the international cards is filled with a lot of unknown fighters that there are not much information on. That being the case, I chose to break down the main card of this event and reserve judgement on the lesser known fighters. If anyone is interested in my picks for the rest of the fights, please shoot me a PM and I will respond ASAP or come visit in the chat to ask.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 32: BELFORT VS. HENDERSON
Date: November 9, 2013
Location: Goiania, Goias, Brazil
Venue: Goiania Arena
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1, MMAjunkie.com
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson–
This is an interesting fight because if the fight stays standing I favor Belfort, however if Hendo decides to use his wrestling he can put Belfort on his back and cause him a lot of problems. I think both fighters will be more than happy to strike therefore I think Belfort takes a close Decision.
Belfort via Dec
Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian–
Both fighters are really talented however I think Ferreira has the edge in this match up. Both fighters are well versed on the ground and Ferreira is a far better striker. This fight will likely come down to round 3 and I think Ferreira will be the fresher fighter and be able to impose his will to take a decision.
Ferreira via Decision
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac–
This should be a good fight between 2 very talented strikers. I give Cavalcante the edge based on variety of striking attacks that he brings, however I do not think he will be able to put Pokrajac away. I see Cavalcante earning a decision win for the first time in his career.
Cavalcante via Dec
Brandon Thatch vs. Paulo Thiago-
Thatch shouldn’t have much trouble in this fight. I see him having a big edge in this fight because he will use his wrestling to keep the fight standing where he holds a huge advantage.
Thatch via TKO round 2
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens–
I think this fight will be close on this feet but eventually Jason will be too much for Stephens and it will end up on the ground, from there Jason will be able to lock in a late submission to earn the victory.
Jason via Submission round 2
After last weeks, awesome card this Bellator card seems to be forgotten. Even with that being the case there is still money to be made. This event features the tournament finale of three different weight classes, so I expect some closely contested fights, and a night full of excitement.
BELLATOR 107: KONGO VS. GRAHAM
Date: November 8, 2013
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Venue: WinStar World Casino
Broadcast: Spike TV, Spike.com
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Cheick Kongo vs. Peter Graham – Season 9 heavyweight tournament final-
Many people will advise you to take Kongo in this fight because of his UFC popularity, however he has a really tough test in this fight vs a heavy striker. Graham’s only losses have come early in his career vs fighters with good submission skills. Unfortunately for Kongo that is not his style of fighting, I look for this fight to keep standing and Graham to land a KO blow late in round 1.
Graham via KO round 1
Travis Marx vs. Joe Warren – Season 9 bantamweight tournament final-
This will be a closely contested fight that will really test the strides that Warren has made in his career. Marx is a seasoned veteran that can pose many problems for Warren if he doesn’t fight a smart fight. Warren needs to clinch up, drag this fight to the ground and avoid submissions in order to grind out a decision.
Warren via Dec
Mikkel Parlo vs. Brennan Ward – Season 9 middleweight tournament final-
Parlo should be able to get this fight to the ground where he will break Ward down with his ground and pound. If Ward can keep the fight standing he will be able to do some damage on the feet but I think he will be hard pressed to stop the takedowns.
Parlo via Dec
(James) Edson Berto vs. Patricky Freire-
Freire is set up to win this fight, he should have an easy time keeping it standing where he will break Berto down and finish the fight by TKO in round 2.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7 p.m. ET)
Derek Campos vs. Martin Stapleton–
I look for Campos to use his strong wrestling base to drag Stapleton to the ground and control him throughout the course of this fight. As long as Campos avoids the submissions when on the ground I see him winning this fight either by late sub or decision.
Campos vía Dec
Jonas Billstein vs. Cortez Coleman-
Coleman needs to avoid Billstein’s power punches and put him on his back. I think Coleman finds it easy to get this fight down and he will punish Billstein win relentless ground and pound.
Coleman via Dec
Matt Jones vs. Linton Vassell-
Vassell is a good striker and is facing a fighter in Jones who is moving up a weight class even though he hasn’t been effective vs smaller opponents. Vassell shouldn’t have a problem keeping this fight standing and earning a quick KO.
Vassell via KO round 1
Ryan McCurdy vs. Mike Mucitelli-
This is a classic grappler vs striker match with McCurdy looking to land the knockout blow and Mucitelli looking to use his takedowns to get the fight to the mat early and often. I think McCurdy will be effective early but eventually Mucitelli will get the fight to the ground and sink in a submission.
Mucitelli via Submission round 2
Raphael Butler vs. Josh Burns-
Butler should be able to finish this fight early. He is far superior on the feet and Burns will have no answer.
Butler via Ko round 1
Chris Jones vs. Robert White-
White will bring a grinding wrestling arsenal with him in the Bellator cage and he will be facing a fighter that has shown the ability to fare well standing and on the ground. I think Jones will try to keep the fight standing where he has the biggest edge and if it happens to go to the ground he will have the ability to get back to the feet.
Jones via Dec