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Don’t forget about Bellator

Bellator finishes its fifth season of highly entertaining tournament fights this Saturday with Bellator 59 at Caesars in Atlantic City. The card features the finals of this season’s Heavyweight and Bantamweight tournies, as well as a couple of interesting non-contender matchups.  With no UFC this weekend, may as well give it a go, no?  It’s not like you have anything better to do on a Saturday night.

First up, Thiago “Big Monster” Santos takes on Eric “Giant Ginger” Prindle in the HW finals for the opportunity to be absorbed via osmosis by resident champion and shaved honey badger, Cole Konrad.  Santos has powerful hands and a great ground game and thus is the obvious pick to have the best shot at prying Konrad’s gargantuan ass off the throne, but he’s been blazing through his opponents so quickly it’s uncertain whether he’s got the necessary gas tank to go 5 with a rampaging Dr. Zoidberg on top of him.  Prindle is a huge motherfucker with heavy hands and fairly sharp boxing, but no real ground game to speak of. This should be a gimme for Santos.  As a ridiculous side note, Konrad won the HW title back at Bellator 32 over a year ago, but since contendership is determined via tournament, he hasn’t defended it once.  He’s only fought one time in 2011, and that was a non-title squash match againt Paul fucking Buentello.  Dude fought 7 TIMES in 2010, but will have only fought once this year.

Highlights from Santos and Prindle’s last fights (quick finishes) start at :48

In the Bantamweight finals, bright young Nova União prospect Eduardo “DuDu” Dantas is set to face aged assassin and Olympic Bronze medalist Alexis “Exorcist” Vila, with the winner getting a shot at Zach Makovsky for the title.  My initial thought was that Dantas is in over his head with Vila, but his chances improve dramatically as the minutes tick away.  If he can weather the first round storm that Vila brings, and use his vastly superior reach and technical striking ability to pick away as Vila fades, this could very well turn into a lopsided decision victory, or late round KO for DuDu. 


             Dantas KO of Wilson Reis                             Vila assassinating Joe Warren


Other interesting bouts from the main card -

“>’Faintin’ Phillipe Nover vs. Polish grappling wiz Marcin Held.
KurtI’m Still HerePellegrino vs. PatrickyBut Not For LongFreire

Prelims streaming on @ 7 pm EST.
Main card on MTV2 and EPIX2 @ 9 pm.



  • SST

    Galvao was robbed in his fight against Vila, so I’m hoping for a Dantas victory (although I’m glad, Vila KO’d Warren).

  • Reverend Clint

    i’ll pass

  • CAP

    Ha I knew this couldn’t be a “fightlinker” post. Grappo cares. Should be a decent card. All the Pitbulls in Bellator are pretty bad ass.

  • Reverend Clint

    damn it im watching it


  • Grappo

    Nover got screwed.

  • Reverend Clint

    yep… but who cares

  • Grappo

    he does.  and I do.  and anybody that cares about competent judging.

  • Reverend Clint

    why the fuck does the mtv2 version blow compared to epix? goes from 1996 to 2011 quality.

    oh i care about the shitty judging but dont care about nover.

  • Reverend Clint

    weird end to the batman fight… might have been a little too soon but then again he was pretty much trapped. that said pittybull should have been a little less douche about the win.

  • Grappo

    i feel bad for Nover… now he’s like 6-4-1.  his striking defense still sucks but he decisively won that fight.

    MTV2 isn’t in HD, but that’s no excuse.  it’s gotten better, but sometimes it still looks like you’re watching a stream or something with all the pixellation.

  • Grappo

    i was waiting for another bad decision in the Dantas fight, but then I heard it was unanimous, and one of the judges was Ricardo Almeida

  • frickshun

    Yep, Nover got shafted. Pretty decent fights overall. Too bad about the Batman stoppage but he certainly did get blasted w/that initial c-c-c-c-c-c-combo.

    My MTV2 is okay. I refuse to pay for Epix so it’s SD all the way for me.

  • I am the Liquor

    So was Prindle just looking for a way out, or did his beans really get mashed that badly?




    Disappointing card overall, but the previous card had enough awesomeness to cover the tab for this one too.

    And yes, Nover got screwed. With a splintered shovel handle.

  • Reverend Clint
  • I am the Liquor

    Ya, Ill just take your word for it.

  • iamphoenix

    yeah. saw that on tweeter.

  • Letibleu

  • CAP


  • frickshun

    Yikes Leti!!

  • Oontyex

    i thought held won that fight,
    thought the strikes nover got in in the 1st werent that significant and he spent most of the round defending sub attempts that looked pretty close at times,

    2nd round, prob give it to nova, although, he looked like he was just trying to do just enough to not get it stood up,

    3rd round, i rate the strikes and attempted subs/ offence of held over like 2min of nover lay n pray n would it to held

    kinda bugged me how the whole fight the commentators were just repeating ‘judges dont understand jiu jitsu, being on top is the best blah blah’.. i mean, they should at least pretend that the people officiating know what they’re watching

  • Sofia

    I think the mistake you make is in asumsing that there are casual fans of any measurable number watching these events. There aren’t. It’s basically all smart fans tuning in because they already know the event is on and follow the UFC closely. And UFC’s live cable shows haven’t yet reached the event status that would draw the casual audience their PPVs do. It just isn’t there yet. Of course, that WILL change once they make the move to Fox and are forced to air better cards, but as of yet they put their stinkers on Spike and draw the die-hards who watch no matter what. The audience Spike loses in the transition isn’t going to be people who have forgotten to switch over for some free MMA, it’s going to be people who don’t care about Bellator.

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