This coming week is all about the Bellator Fighting Championships as the UFC and other promotions will not be opposing them this weekend. Bellator is putting their best foot forward with a card featuring the middleweight and featherweight tournament semi-finals. The preliminary card is pretty impressive as well, including a fighter with some experience competing in Strikeforce.
Kicking off the action is a featherweight division fight as Cleber Luciano (8-4-0) competes against Eric Uresk (7-5-0). Luciano enters the fight riding a three fight winning streak, which includes a victory over Mario Navarro at Bellator 85. Uresk also enters the fight riding a three fight winning streak and once competed against UFC veteran Ramsey Nijem. These are two fighters riding solid winning streaks into the cage, but it will be Luciano keeping his streak alive.
Welterweights will be stepping into the cage next as Sabah Homasi (5-3-0) does battle against Ricky “The IE Bad Boy” Legere Jr. (15-4-0). Homasi has won three of his last four fights, with his lone defeat coming to UFC veteran Jon Manley at a W-1 MMA event. Legere Jr. enters the fight riding a five fight winning streak, which includes a victory over Strikeforce veteran Waachiim Spiritwolf. Homasi is a solid fight, but Legere Jr. is a beast and he will get the victory and get a Bellator tournament spot soon.
A pair of light heavyweights will battle next as Keith “KO Kid” Berry (13-10-0) is in action against “Slick” Willie Parks (5-2-0). Berry has been undefeated since getting released from Strikeforce, which came after a loss to Adlan Amagov at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman. Parks recently ended a two fight losing streak at a Worldwide MMA event, defeating Jamaine Facey by unanimous decision. Berry has a lot more big fight experience than his opponent and that will carry him to a victory on Thursday Night.
We move to the heavyweight division for the next bout as Maurice “The Gorilla” Jackson (1-1-0-3NC) faces Manny “Bam Bam” Lara (4-2-0). Jackson has a very odd record for a Bellator competitor, but has fought UFC veterans Kyle Kingsbury and Chase Gormley. Lara is currently winless in Bellator competition, suffering a defeat to Ryan Martinez at Bellator 75. Lara is a far superior fighter when compared to his opponent and he will get his first Bellator victory this week.
Up next is a featherweight division fight as Aaron “Blood Spiller” Miller (13-8-0-1NC) battles Shad Smith (12-16-2). Miller enters the fight riding a four fight winning streak and once competed against UFC veteran Ivan Menjivar. Smith has only won one of his last seven fights, with that lone victory coming over Del Hawkins at a King Of The Cage event. Miller is a fighter on the rise and he will show MMA fans why with a victory on the preliminary portion of the card.
Headlining this portion of the card is a light heavyweight division fight as Brandon Halsey (2-0-0) takes on Rocky “The Angry Aztec” Ramirez (4-3-1). Halsey is currently undefeated as a fighter and recently defeated UFC veteran Shonie Carter at a King Of The Cage event. Ramirez has won two of his last three entering this fight, but is coming off of a loss to Richard Villa at a Jackson’s MMA event. Halsey is coming off of the biggest victory of his career and he will ride that momentum to get his third career victory.
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