Bellator 55 Fighting Championships kick off October 22nd, 6 PM on MTV2. The main card airs at 9 PM EST. We’ll take a look at the fights at Bellator 54 and analyze the likely victors. All betting odds are taken from Bodog.
—-Richard “Rare Breed” Hale vs. Carlos Flores
Hale (20/31), Flores (5/4)
Flores is a perfect 5-0 and though he is a slight underdog in this fight, he should be able to use his strength in this one. He is 44 pounds heavier than Hale and fights out of Torture Atheltics. Hale hails from Koncrete Gym and is 17-4-1. Expect Flores to try to use his strength advantage to land big blows on Hale. Hale is quicker and favored in this match, but Flores’ strength could prove big problems and result in a knockout. If Hale can avoid knockout, though, he could win this one in decision.
—-Christian “Tonton” M’Pumbu vs. Travis “Diesel” Wiuff
M’Pumbu (20/37), Wiuff (31/20)
Christian M’Pumbu defeated all three of his oppoents by TKO in the Bellator light heavyweight tournament. He has jumped up from 185 to 205 and as a striker he tries to use his speed to work away at opponents, while he is very strong with both hands.
Wiuff is 65-14 over his 80 career fights (one was a no contest). He hasn’t had success at the big events but should be able to give M’Pumbu a fight. M’Pumbu will try to use his speed against a bigger and slower opponent. Wiuff will look to try to pin M’Pumbu and put in his blows while it’s on the mat. Still, M’Pumbu is just a better fighter and should able to win by TKO if he avoids serious mistakes.
—-Ricardo Tirloni vs. Steve Gable
Tirloni (1/3), Gable (23/10)
Ricardo Tirlioni is heavily favored in this fight and Bellator fans are going to be lucky to see one of the best opponents on the circuit. He’s 13-1 and his lone loss came to UFC lightweight Ben Henderson, but he has won 9 straight fights since that loss. Gable is a solid vet of EliteXC but isn’t as experienced in MMA as Tirloini. He also should be rusty after a year layoff and he hasn’t faced that many big name opponents. Tirloini should be able to work a knockout in the first or second round of this fight, and though Gable has the skills to give him a fight, Tirloini should emerge.
—-Alexis “The Exorcist” Vila vs. Marcos “Louro” Galvao
Vila (2/9), Galvao (3/1)
Alexis Vila has yet to lose, with a perfect 10-0 record, and his state as a top flight bantamweight fighter is pretty undisputed at this point. He knocked out the featherweight champ Joe Warren with a great left hook, and ended the fight in about a minute. Vila is an excellent wrestler and athlete, but did not even have to go into his bag of tricks against Warren.
Galvao beat former WEC bantamweight Chase Beebe by decision. He has a balanced attack and is a two time world champ in Brazillian Jiu-jitsu. Vila will attempt to wrestle Galvao and has superior submission skills. He’s likely going to try to sneak a couple hits on Galvao and then force him to the ground with ferocity. Galvao wants to keep this fight standing, but will likely lose by knockout, perhaps even in the first round.
—-Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas vs. Ed “Wild” West
Dantas (1/3), West (23/10)
The favored Eduardo Dantas boasts an 11-2 record and advanced to the Bellator season three finals, but lost there to Zach Makovsky, in the championship match. He has an excellent kick game and makes great use of his length, both standing and on the ground. He’s been a top bantamweight for some time and smashed Wilson Reis with a flying knee in the second round. His submission skills are great but he prefers to box it out. He’s strong and only needs a chance to unload on weaker fighters.
Ed West is 17-5 and will likely look to keep distance between himself and Dantas, so he can work his kick game. Another option is to take the fight to the mat, if only to vary his style enough to catch Dantas off guard. Despite the very uneven odds, this fight will likely still be very entertaining, if not close, but expect the favored Dantas to prevail by decision.
With a great look at the matches in this Bellator event, you may feel inclined to back up a wager at Bodog, where they offer 10% bonuses and an easy hassle-free cashout system. With per round props and moneyline bets, Bodog offers the best for all your MMA betting.