With his superior wrestling, he can edge Kongo in what will be a closer bout than people expect. Sokoudjou is a judoka who is known to enjoy the muay thai game more, as he likes to stay upright and throw knees and punches. He is powerful, but his cardio has failed him many times because he comes out of the gate like a bat out of hell. Since coming to Bellator, Sokoudjou has turned his career around.
He had dropped two in a row before signing with the company but has scored two finishes since, tapping out Terry Davinney and putting Malik Merad away with strikes. As for Vassell, he is a grappler with a strong submission game and underrated takedowns. He is going to have a big height and reach advantage, something that will let him establish distance and gauge his opponent well. He was a top prospect in the U. That earned him a title shot, where after dominating champ Emanuel Newton for most of the fight, he succumbed to a submission in the fifth and final round.
Vassell is skilled, but he will need to put Sokoudjou on the mat. He will do that, tiring his foe out in the process before securing a submission victory. The co-main event should be a barnburner, as heavy-handed striker Paul Daley looks to take out late-replacement Brazilian Andre Santos.
Santos fills in for Douglas Lima, who was to defend his title against Daley in the headliner. Daley is a headhunter who throws huge punches and has a great rate of knockouts on his record. That said, he is not just a punch hurler, as he does have good technique and some kicks to go along with them.
This is Daley's return fight to the company, as he had a one-fight stint back in Since then, he has gone , losing only to UFC vet Alexander Yakovlev while scoring knockout wins against some well-traveled vets.
As for Santos, he comes into this fight as an underdog, but don't sleep on the experienced, skilled veteran. He has over 40 pro fights to his name, as the Brazilian has scored a good amount of knockouts and submissions over skilled fighters in that time. Since then, he has scored six wins, with all but his Bellator debut against James Terry coming via finish.
This has the makings of a good one. If Santos can get Daley down, there is no doubt he can stop him. However, Daley's ability to put fist on chin with massive power has to be why he's the favorite here. In the headliner, Emanuel Newton will look for his third straight title defense against top prospect and contender Liam McGeary.
Newton is a scrapper with a well-rounded skill set and the grit that completes it. He uses his wrestling sparingly, more or less to keep him off his back. His striking is unorthodox, though he throws the spinning backfist with precision, something McGeary will need to have scouted. Newton hasn't lost since , when he dropped a questionable decision to Attila Vegh. He has since made up for that loss and is unbeaten in his last seven, including wins over King Mo Lawal twice , Mikhail Zayats and Joey Beltran.
As for McGeary, the Brit is a big fighter at 6'6" and is well-rounded to complement those physical gifts. He started off as a striker but has quickly added a good ground game with impressive submissions in support. Title challengers Cheick Kongo heavyweight and King Mo light heavyweight will face off in a showcase bout in the heavyweight division, and recent light heavyweight title challenger Linton Vassell returns against action fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
Its a night that promises a lot of fun action. Which is why Dallas and I are breaking it all down for you, as well as a couple of bouts on the undercard, complete with picks, odds, and analysis. If for some reason you can't watch our Ooyala version above, check it out on YouTube. Bellator : Newton vs. ET Emanuel Newton vs. Liam McGeary -- for light heavyweight title Paul Daley vs. Andre Santos Cheick Kongo vs. Muhammed Lawal Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Linton Vassell Curtis Millender vs. Brennan Ward.
Preliminary Card Streaming live on Bloody Elbow at p. ET Matt Bessette vs. Josh LaBerge Randy Costa vs. Carlos Hernandez Raphael Butler vs. Josh Diekmann Jesse Juarez vs.
Bellator , also dubbed the "British Invasion" will feature a light heavyweight title defense in the main event, as champion Emanuel Newton takes on Brit Liam McGeary. In the co-main, slugger Paul Daley returns to the Bellator cage for the first time in two years, to take on Brazilian Andre Santos. Title challengers Cheick Kongo heavyweight and King Mo light heavyweight will face off in a showcase bout in the heavyweight division, and recent light heavyweight title challenger Linton Vassell returns against action fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
Its a night that promises a lot of fun action. Which is why Dallas and I are breaking it all down for you, as well as a couple of bouts on the undercard, complete with picks, odds, and analysis. If for some reason you can't watch our Ooyala version above, check it out on YouTube.
Bellator : Newton vs. ET Emanuel Newton vs. Liam McGeary -- for light heavyweight title Paul Daley vs. Andre Santos Cheick Kongo vs. Muhammed Lawal Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Linton Vassell Curtis Millender vs. Brennan Ward. Preliminary Card Streaming live on Bloody Elbow at p.
ET Matt Bessette vs. Josh LaBerge Randy Costa vs. He beat the odds but would face another challenge as he was diagnosed shortly after with asthma. Overcoming this adversity early on in his life has aided in his mental toughness inside the cage today. It was a rough start to my life, it kind of paved the way for the person that I am today. Constantly being the underdog and overcoming adversity, he saw the appeal in MMA.
At the same time I would always stick up for myself. I was always picked on by my older brother [and] his friends. Then [when I was] 22 years old my best friend John, [invited me over] to watch some cage fighting videos. After amassing an impressive record, he was signed to Bellator MMA in Also he was an interpreter for Bellator a few times; he was already in the promotion, 12 and 1 overall.
It was kind of bitter-sweet. Making it to the Season 10 featherweight tournament semi-final, Bessette would endure his first loss in two years to eventual tournament winner Daniel Weichel — by unanimous decision at Bellator I easily could have beat him if I was able to kept it standing in that third round.
You live and learn. I was on cruise control, just kind letting things happen. When I realized I was on cruise control it was too late. I know Bjorn really liked me and they were trying to build me up in the promotion. It is what it is, but I hold no animosity towards anybody. They tried to get me on their [events] but I was always with Bellator.
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