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Bellator 65: MJ's Picks & Parlays

After weeks of putting on great cards, Bellator 64 fell a little flat in my book. A snoozefest Title Fight between Ben Askren and Douglas Lima along with a horrible decision given to Hiroshi Nakamura over Rodrigo Lima rounded out a slow night of fights. No finishes on the televised main card contributed its' overall blase' feel. Here's to Bellator 65 picking up the pace and delivering the action we are used to from this up and coming organization. Prindle vs. Konrad will not be happening on this card as previously planned due to a hand injury to Prindle, but it should be entertaining none the less.

Bellator 65 features a Bantamweight Title Fight, 2 Bantamweight Quarterfinal match ups and one Semifinal match up from the Featherweight tournament.

So, with that said, here we go . . .

MJ's Picks for Bellator 65:

Zach Makovsky VS. Eduardo Dantas (Bantamweight Title)

Both of these guys have been languishing in relative obscurity for quite a few years as BFC has been developing their 135lb division. While Dantas may pose some problems for the champion, I see Makovsky coming away with the win using his experience to his advantage. Makovsky by Decision.

Daniel Straus VS. Mike Corey (Featherweight Semifinal)

Daniel Straus is a beast and pushes a relentless pace that I'm just not sure Mike Corey will be able to match. Straus is a natural grinder with a strong wrestling top game which may give Corey some problems. If Straus can avoid Corey's submission game, which I think he will, he should advance to the Tournament Final. Straus by Decision.

Alexis Vila VS. Luis Nogueira (Bantamweight Quarterfinal)

While Alexis Vila is giving up almost 14 years to Nogueira, I expect his finishing ability and aggressive style to be the difference maker. Vila only has one loss in his career, a decision loss at that to Eduardo Dantas. I'm picking Vila by second round finish.

Ed West VS. Marcos Galvao (Bantamweight Quarterfinal)

Ed's only two losses in the last five years are to the current champ and number one contender that are fighting for the title on this same card. It very well could have been Ed West fighting for the title had he not lost a close split decision in the Tourney Final last season to Dantas. West should dominate this fight and move on to the Semi Final Round.

Be sure to tune in to MTV2 Friday night for another exciting Bellator Card.  For those of you that have never seen Zach Makovsky or Eduardo Dantas fight, tune in to check out some of the best bantamweight talent outside of the UFC.

At the time of this post, no lines were up. If and when lines are up, I will post my parlays for the card.

Until next time . . .

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