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Bellator 47 Preview

July 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Bellator is in Canada tonight for the first time ever with their Bellator 47 event.  This card was originally to feature the Bellator Featherweight Title match between champion Joe Warren and season four tournament winner Patricio Freire before Freire had to pull out due to a broken hand.  We still have some exciting featherweight action in the summer series tournament semifinals, but I was definitely looking forward to the Warren/Freire fight.

We’ll also see former UFC fighters Neil Grove and Chris Horodecki in non-tournament action tonight.  Grove will look to bounce back after losing in Bellator’s Heavyweight Championship tournament finals to Cole Konrad last October, while Horodecki won in April in what was his first fight since being cut from the WEC.

Bellator 47 is live tonight on MTV2 at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST, with a replay shown immediately after the live broadcast.  Does anyone else not watch anything on MTV2 aside from Bellator?  I have no clue what else that channel shows, I just know they sometimes have fights on Saturday nights.  Is Daria still on?  What about Yo! MTV Raps?  I think I would know if either program was still on television.

Featherweight Tournament Semifinals: Marlon Sandro (18-2, No. 4 FEW) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (20-1)

Sandro: Heavy handed striker with seven career knockout victories, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, took a split decision over Genair da Silva in his Bellator debut at the tournament quarterfinals, has never been finished in a fight only losing a pair of decisions to Hatsu Hioki and Michihiro Omigawa, former Sengoku Featherweight Champion.

Malegarie: Also a BJJ black belt, submitted Jacob DeVree in the quarterfinals of the featherweight tournament, now has 13 career submission victories, former Brazilian National Champion in BJJ, went 5-0 in 2010 fighting almost exclusively in Brazil, is actually Argentinean.

Remarks: Malegarie looked pretty good in victory in the tournament quarterfinals, but Marlon Sandro is a far better fighter than Jacob DeVree.  Sandro is one of the biggest acquisitions in Bellator history and has to be favored to win this tournament and I’m not sure what Malegarie can do to win this fight.  Sandro won’t be submitted and Malegarie had trouble enough with an experienced fighter like Daniel Straus in March.  Another decision win for Sandro wouldn’t surprise me here.  Any kind of a win for Malegarie would be extremely surprising.

Featherweight Tournament Semifinals: Pat Curran (14-4) vs. Ronnie Mann (20-2-1)

Curran: Well rounded fighter with three career knockouts and five career submission wins, submitted Luis Palomino in the opening round of the tournament with a very nice Peruvian necktie, is now 4-0 in Bellator tournament action having also won the season two lightweight tournament.

Mann: A powerful striker with good wrestling who has 11 career submission victories, brutally knocked out Adam Shindler in the tournament quarterfinals, is now 2-0 in Bellator, has held Featherweight Titles for the Shark Fights and Cage Gladiators promotions.

Remarks: It should be noted that these two fighters share a mutual opponent in Robbie Oliver.  Curran defeated Oliver in February 2010, but Oliver was successful against Mann in July 2007.  That doesn’t necessarily indicate who will win this fight, but I think I like Curran’s chances.  Both fighters have only been finished once in their careers and I definitely think a decision is likely in this one.  Curran bounced back nicely after his loss to Eddie Alvarez and Mann hasn’t quite had the consistent competition of his American opponent.  I think we’ll see Curran take a split decision in what could be a very close fight.

Lightweight: Chris Horodecki (17-3) vs. Chris Saunders (9-1)

Horodecki: Kickboxer with seven career (T)KO wins, has spent most of his career fighting for the WEC and IFL, went 8-1 in the IFL with two wins over Bart Palaszewski, was just 2-2 in the WEC with losses to Donald Cerrone and Anthony Njokuani, is nicknamed the “Polish Hammer”, should be nicknamed “The Pudgy Polish Canadian” or “Chubs”.

Saunders: College wrestler with a BJJ purple belt, has three (T)KO victories and two submission wins, has won his last seven fights going back to December 2009, has competed in Grapplers Quest tournaments, making his Bellator debut, not to be confused with fellow Bellator competitor Ben Saunders.

Remarks: I’ll reiterate that I’m not a fan of Horodecki, though I’m not sure how well-founded this dislike is.  I perceive him to be a baby-faced dope who would be a better fighter and could potentially be in the UFC at featherweight.  I remember him being in a teammate’s corner during a recent fight and all I remember is Horodecki wearing his oversized hat sideways while mugging for the camera like a jackass.  For that, I will pick Chris Saunders to score the upset win.  I know nothing about Saunders other than that he’s not Chris Horodecki and that’s enough for me.

Heavyweight: Neil Grove (10-3-1) vs. Zak Jensen (10-6)

Grove: Karate black belt, each of his ten wins has come by way of knockout, defeated Eddie Sanchez and Alexey Oleinik in the season three heavyweight tournament before losing to Cole Konrad in the finals, fought to a draw sith Stav Economou prior to joining Bellator, also holds wins over James Thompson and James McSweeney.

Jensen: Wrestler who competed at Northern Illinois University, of his ten wins, six have been by (T)KO and four have been by submission, lost to Darrill “Tiddies” Schoonover on season ten of The Ultimate Fighter, has notably lost to Tim Hague, Brad Imes, and Mike Whitehead, has notably defeated nobody important.

Remarks: Grove has never been knocked out and also loves knocking people out.  Jensen finishes fights, but is also 1-3 in his last four bouts.  I whole-heartedly expect to see an eleventh career knockout victory for Grove in this one.  I don’t think Jensen brings a lot to the table and I don’t have a lot of confidence in someone who has the fight record of Jensen.  Give me Grove by KO in this fight.

Lightweight: Alexandre Bezerra (9-1) vs. Jesse Gross (6-1)

Featherweight: William Romero (5-3) vs. Daniel Langbeen (3-3)

Lightweight: Alka Matewa (1-1) vs. Alex Ricci (2-0)

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