Bellator 89 is live this Thursday, February 14th on Spike.com and Spike TV. The prelims start at 8pm on Spikes website while the main card gets started at 10pm and can be seen on Spikes television network. Bellator 89 will be hosted by the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The main card will feature the opening round of the season 8 Middleweight tournament as well as a Bantamweight Championship match. Champion Eduardo Dantas will be taking on his friend and challenger Marcos Galvao in what will be a very fast paced and exciting fight. Enjoy the predictions and Bellator 89 card.
Preliminary Card: 3-2-0
265lbs – Mont McCullens (2-3) vs. David Mejia (4-0) – McCullens via TKO Wrong - Mejia won via TKO
205lbs – Aaron Johnson (11-10) vs. Brennan Ward (5-0) – Ward via TKO Wrong - Johnson won via submission
185lbs – Sultan Aliev (8-0) vs. Mikkel Parlo (9-0) – Aliev via decision Correct plus method
205lbs – Kyle Bolt (6-2) vs. Joe Pacheco (4-0) – Pacheco via TKO Correct plus method
170lbs – Johnny Buck (11-8) vs. Chris Mierzwiak (4-2) – Buck via decision Correct plus method
145lbs – Nathan Davis (4-0) vs. Tim Goodwin (7-3) – Goodwin via TKO *Davis was replaced by Mike Maldonado
Main Card: 2-2-0 Total MMA Predictions: 96-62-0 = 61%
185lbs – Doug Marshall (15-6) vs. Andreas Spang (8-2) – Spang via TKO
Spang and Marshall are both back and ready to put on a good show for Bellator. Both men love to strike, although if the fight goes to the ground, they both have skills there as well. Spang will have an advantage in the striking department as he has experience at the K-1 level and went the distance with a vicious Maiquel Falcao. Marshall is a tough brawler but he has also been knocked out 5 times in his career and Spang has only lost via submission and decision. Marshall likely won’t have the skills to submit Spang, but Spang may be able to submit Marshall. Spang has the skills to win this fight wherever the fight goes, it just depends on Marshalls game plan. Wrong - Marshall won via KO
Cooper is typically on the undercard for Bellator events but his last victories over tough fighters like Jared Hess and Darryl Cobb have earned him a spot in the season 8 Middleweight tournament. Paraisy has only ever lost 2 fights, but they’ve both been when he fought with Bellator, which likely means his brawling style doesn’t work against top tier fighters. Paraisy has wild punches, good kicks and a decent grappling game, but he’s usually in top control when he goes for submissions. Cooper will not only be able to stuff Paraisy’s takedowns, but he’ll probably put Paraisy on his back multiple times this fight. On the feet Paraisy definitely has the ability to land big shots against Cooper, but Cooper will throw back strong strikes as well. Cooper will use some striking but mostly wrestling and ground and pound to beat up Paraisy and advance to round 2. Correct
Cramer got his start in the Ultimate Fighter house but left the competition due to injury and has since had a great MMA career. Cramer has good boxing and grappling, but doesn’t really bring the explosiveness or speed needed to strike with Rogers. Rogers will be taking his 3rd crack at the Bellator Middleweight tournament championship and has yet to have a problem in the opening round, winning both fights via KO. Rogers is a very talented striker so expect him to land several power strikes to the head of Cramer. Cramer will probably look to take Rogers down, but that won’t be easy as Rogers has shown impressive takedown defence in the past. Wrong - Cramer won via unanimous decision
Dantas will be defending his Bantamweight Title against challenger Marcos Galvao in the main event. Both Dantas and Galvao have black belts in BJJ, but it doesn’t look like they’re going to show off any fancy submissions. Galvao always comes to brawl and has always shown great takedown defense as well as being able to get back to his feet. Dantas likes to strike with his opponents too, but is more willing to go to the ground to finish his opponent. On the feet expect the fight to be very even between Galvao pressuring and Dantas countering, but the difference will be Dantas getting this fight to the ground where he can likely get to dominant positions. Correct
Bellator 90 is live next Thursday, February 21st and will feature a star riddled card with the likes of King Mo, Douglas Lima and Ben Saunders. The main event will feature a matchup from the season 7 Featherweight tournament finals between Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev that was delayed due to injury. Feel free to comment on the fight picks and check back in for more UFC and Bellator predictions.