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Bellator’s Nine Hottest Prospects for Season Nine

By Adam Martin

Bellator’s ninth season recently commenced, and if ultimate week’s opener is any indication, it’s going to be a fun and motion-packed couple of months on this planet of “Viacom MMA.”

During the summer, Bellator signed plenty of new warring parties so that it will make their promotional debuts Right Through season Nine, and we wanted to highlight a couple of of those hungry younger Possibilities that fanatics will have to keep watch over beginning with tonight’s experience in Temecula, California.

So, with out further ado, here are Nine Bellator Potentialities to watch out for During this coming season of fights.

9. John Alessio

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The First fighter to control this season is veteran John Alessio, who has been combating professionally considering 1998. After making his identify as a top prospect fighting for SuperBrawl in Hawaii, the UFC fed Alessio to the sharks when, at simply Two Decades of age, he fought Pat Miletich for the UFC welterweight title. And whereas Alessio would get tapped out in simply 1:43 and go away the UFC in an instant afterwards, he back in 2006 and fought each Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves, dropping to each and shedding his spot on the roster again. By No Means perturbed, Alessio then carved out an exceptional run within the WEC, MFC, Dream, and some different promotions to get yet Some Other crack within the Octagon in 2012, But after losing to Mark Bocek and Shane Roller — becoming the one fighter in UFC historical past to move 0-5 — he used to be cut for excellent. Bellator then picked him up and he’s been installed as a participant within the season 9 lightweight match. Successful it, he says, is his future.

8. Paul Sass

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Another UFC veteran to seem out for this season is Paul Sass, the British submission wizard who was once picked up By Using Bellator after two-straight losses in the Octagon, Even If his Three-2 general UFC document wasn’t too Unhealthy. Sass, individually, was lower a ways too early By Way Of the UFC as he was once Probably The Most best submission guys in your entire A Hundred And Fifty Five-pound division and appeared to be coming along just a little along with his hanging. Although Bellator’s light-weight division is very good, I do believe that Sass had it rougher within the UFC’s One Hundred Fifty Five-pound shark tank and so I are expecting him to pick out up some nice undercard wins in Bellator and then maybe get a shot in a future lightweight tournament.

7. Vladimir Matyushenko

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Vladimir Matyushenko, who at Forty Two years and eight months outdated is almost the oldest fighter on the Bellator roster, was once lower By Way Of the UFC past this yr after a Four-Three 2d run in the Octagon that culminated with again-to-again stoppage losses to Ryan Bader and Alexander Gustafsson. Now Not too long after, Bellator reached out to the former IFL gentle-heavyweight champion and he signed a maintain the advertising. Consistent With Matyushenko, he still has One Thing left in the tank and desires to prove it to both himself and to the lovers in the circled Bellator cage tonight at Bellator Ninety Nine. The Janitor will probably be making his promotional debut against Houston Alexander, with the winner of the combat getting a direct shot in opposition to Keith Jardine (simply kidding in regards to the Jardine phase).

6. Houston Alexander

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As mentioned above, Alexander recently signed with Bellator after two-straight wins on the regional circuit and the 41-yr-outdated will take on Matyushenko in a fight of two onerous hitters who have been knocked out a blended 9 occasions. Something tells me that one of these two men goes to get up to a physician’s flashlight – or possibly even each will, for the rare double KO – and, in a battle between two opponents with a mixed age of 83, it wouldn’t be shocking if this match marks the tip of 1 or each of those combatants’ careers. Or, possibly they’ll simply keep dragging alongside. Isn’t 40 imagined to be the new 25?

5. Mighty Mo

I had no idea unless I used to be having a look through the professional Bellator roster (forgive me, I don’t do it continuously) that they lately signed Mighty Mo, who is presently on an eight-struggle losing streak in kickboxing, turns Forty Three subsequent month, and is most fondly remembered in MMA for getting kicked in the groin Through Josh Barnett after which getting to come back the desire after the combat again in DREAM. Mo, who is just Three-2 in mixed martial arts competition, hasn’t fought in MMA in over three years, and i’m puzzled why Bellator signed him. I Assume they were impressed By Way Of his knockout of Ruben “Warpath” Villareal back at Dynamite!!! U.S.A. in 2007 – his ultimate win in MMA – and assume he has the facility to cause issues in the Bellator heavyweight division. Truth be informed, he can nonetheless almost certainly compete with guys like Ron Sparks and Wealthy Hale, and he may definitely be fascinated by some sloppy, groin-shot-stuffed Bellator heavyweight bouts within the near future.

On the next web page: A legit featherweight contender, and some giant names you love to hate.

Four. Diego Nunes

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One Of The Most very best signings Bellator made this summer season was inking former top-10 ranked featherweight Diego Nunes to a deal and striking him into the season 9 featherweight tourney. Like Sass, I Feel Nunes was reduce a long way too quickly By the UFC after going Three-3 towards top competition, and at most effective 28 years of age he nonetheless has numerous time to position it all collectively. Sadly for Nunes, however, Bellator has matched him up in opposition to buzzsaw Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, who he meets in the principle adventure of Bellator 99 tonight. This positive looks like a battle that’s designed to gain “Pitbull” some legitimacy over a UFC vet, as he’s repeatedly forgotten within the rankings of the top featherweights, and it’s arguably an excellent tougher matchup for Nunes than his up to date fights against Nik Lentz and Dennis Siver, of which he misplaced each.

Three. Cheick Kongo

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Speaking of heavyweight nut photographs, the king of the shorts clutch and knee to the groin technique, longtime UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo — who used to be minimize after a KO loss to Roy Nelson in April — signed with Bellator for its season 9 heavyweight event and, in his first struggle with the promoting, he’ll tackle Mark “The Hand Of” Godbeer in a fight that just begs for a crazy, ridiculous Bellator-heavyweight-esque end. Although he was always going to be the final word gatekeeper in the UFC, in Bellator Kongo will have a legit opportunity to be an international champion. Or perhaps he’ll just be the definition of gatekeeper on UrbanDictionary.com as soon as again. We’ll see.

2. Tito Ortiz

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Bellator dropped a bombshell announcement All Through Bellator 97 after they printed former UFC gentle heavyweight champion and MMA icon Tito Ortiz had come out of retirement to take on former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the primary experience of Bellator 106, the group’s first foray into pay-per-view. The announcement was once met with mostly laughter By Way Of lovers and media alike, and i admit whereas I Might have most popular Ortiz to stay retired, he does placed on pleasing fights [Ed. observe: ???] and that i’m curious to look how he promotes the combat against “Rampage.” Even Though he is 1-7-1 in his last 9 fights, Ortiz has the chance to take out “Rampage” – who remains to be ranked in many individuals’s prime 15 at 205 kilos – and make a significant observation that he can change into one of Bellator’s poster boys going forward. Oh wait, he already is.

1. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

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I picked “Rampage” over Ortiz as the top Bellator prospect heading into season 9 as a result of he’s most likely going to be the fighter to emerge effective when they compete — he’s currently a -240 betting favorite — and due to this fact he has extra of a possibility to grow to be a celeb for the promoting. Or as a minimum Bellator hopes so, because they’ve basically given this man the keys to town, so that you can say, By Means Of giving him a sweet contract, a brand new automotive, and the chance for him to perform his dream of wrestling professionally. Although he was once run out of the UFC with three-straight losses to Glover Teixeira, Jon Jones, and Ryan Bader, there is the hope that getting reduce By Using the UFC and signing with Bellator will gentle a hearth beneath “Rampage.” And for between $35 and $45 on November 2nd on PPV, we’ll all get to seek out out. Well, perhaps Not all of us. But for those of you who in fact order this thing, do us a prefer and tell us what happens, k?

 
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