Bellator 66: MJ's Picks & Parlays
I know it sounds cliché, but this card is STACKED! This could very well be the best card that Bellator has ever put on and I'm looking for it to deliver in a big way. The combination of talent combined with the tournament implications make this a must see card. We have K.O. of the Year candidate Brian Rogers making an appearance along with Sub of the Year candidate Lloyd Woodard also fighting on the card. Headliners Shinya Aoki and Eddie Alvarez in their much-anticipated rematch alone make this a card you won't want to miss. So, let's get down to business . . .
MJ's Picks for BFC 66:
Eddie Alvarez VS. Shinya Aoki
It's been over three years since Shinya Aoki submitted Eddie Alvarez with a heel hook. Since then, Aoki has gone 11 and 2 with his last loss two years ago losing a decision to Gilbert Melendez. Eddie was on a 7 fight win streak until he was stopped by Michael Chandler in his last bout. The momentum Aoki is carrying into this fight, his previous sub of Alvarez and Eddie's state of mind coming off of his recent title loss will be the determining factor here. This is also a great value bet and I have to go with Aoki.
Brian Rogers VS. Andreas Spang (Middleweight Semifinal)
Late replacement Andreas Spang could very well be the spoiler to Brian Rogers rise to the Middleweight Final, but will he be ready? With the momentum and slightly higher level of experience that Rogers has coming into this fight, I just don't think Spang will have had enough time to prepare. Anything can happen with two guys that bang though so while my pick would be for Rogers, I'd stay away from this one.
Maiquel Falcao VS. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (Middleweight Semifinal)
Both of these of these guys looked good but not great in their last outings. I'm expecting Falcao to turn up the heat and produce the results that everyone is looking for . . . an aggressive finished focused approach. I think this will be Falcao's coming out party with Bellator and I'm expecting a knock out.
Rick Hawn VS. Lloyd Woodard (Lightweight Semifinal)
Rick Hawn is 12-1. Lloyd Woodard is 12-1. One of these guys is going to the Final and the other will go back to the drawing board with 2 losses. This is a tough pick, but I think the strength advantage, grit and submission skill set that Woodard brings will be the swing in this match up. On top of that, at +260, I think going with Lloyd is a risk I'd be willing to take.
Brent Weedman VS Thiago Michel Pereira Silva (Lightweight Semifinal)
Brent is a no brainer for me here. He's better than Silva in every way and he should finish this guy convincingly. I can't see Silva squeaking by in this one and out working Weedman. Brent has the skills to finish him and I think he will.
3 Pick: Shinya Aoki, Lloyd Woodard, Maiquel Falcao - $100 to win $1760
Until next time . . .
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