The MMA odds and ends show is usually reserved for my ideas about the UFC’s new reservations, but we can not ignore Bellator. The Scott Coker-led promotion has revealed some notable bouts for the upcoming Bellator 222 card, and below are my first thoughts on such matchups.
Chael Sonnen vs. Lyoto Machida, Bellator 222
Bellator 222 takes place June 14 in Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The main event is a light heavyweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida. Check out my ideas on this matchup at a previous odds and ends here.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darion Caldwell 2, Bellator 222
Additionally added to Bellator 222 is an intriguing rematch between RIZIN bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi and Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell. These two fought at RIZIN’s New Year’s Eve event, together with Horiguchi winning the fight by third-round submission. Horiguchi (27-2) will be making his Bellator debut here riding a 12-fight win streak. He’s a perfect 9-0 at RIZIN, also is coming from a dazzling TKO win over former UFC fighter Ben Nguyen just a few weeks ago. Caldwell (13-2) is 10-1 overall in Bellator but hasn’t fought since the loss to Horiguchi from the RIZIN ring. The last time we saw Caldwell at Bellator he knocked out Noah Lahat past summer, and aside from a shocking submission defeat to Joe Taimanglo in 2016 he has looked amazing in the Bellator cage. Still, you need to go together with Horiguchi to acquire this rematch. There is no reason to believe much has changed since the last time these two foughtand I’d expect Horiguchi to be a sizeable popular this time around despite the fact he was an underdog the first time these two met.
Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey, Bellator 222
As well, a catchweight (175lbs) bout between Dillon Danis and Max Humphrey occurs at Bellator 222. Dannis (1-0) submitted Kyle Walker in his Bellator and MMA debut last April, but will probably be coming from a 14-month layoff within this bout. Humphrey (3-2) is making his Bellator introduction after losing by knockout to a nobody in the regional scene in his final outing. You can view what Bellator is trying to do here by reserving this mismatch, and Dannis will be a huge favorite for the win.
Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie, Bellator 222
We weren’t sure if Rory MacDonald would be ready to fight Neiman Gracie, but Bellator created the official announcement that the fight was on. The Bellator welterweight name is going to be at stake in the semifinals of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. MacDonald (20-5-1) is 2-1-1 complete in Bellator and is coming off of a vast majority attraction to Jon Fitch, having advanced from the tournament due to a rule in which the champion advances in case of a draw. MacDonald took quite a little harm in the Fitch fight and stated afterwards in his post-fight interview that he does not possess the drive to damage his opponents he did. That’s concerning, and makes you wonder whether he needs to be fighting so soon. He says he is ready, but we will see. Gracie (9-0) is 7-0 in Bellator and overall has completed eight of his ace wins by submission. He is coming off of a great win over Ed Ruth in the quarterfinals, and is a live puppy here against MacDonald. I expect MacDonald to be preferred, but I would take a long look at Gracie in this one as MacDonald needs to be faded at this time.
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