Bellator 67: MJ's Picks & Parlays
Bellator 66 delivered in a big way and put Eddie Alvarez back on the map with a crisp and accurate ground and pound attack that put everyone on notice that he's back in championship form. I was happy to see Eddie get the win even though I picked against him. Alvarez made me a believer again and I'm looking forward to him making his way to the UFC where he belongs. BFC 67 has several interesting fights and is well worth tuning in for.
So, let's get down to business . . .
MJ's Picks for BFC 67:
Michael Chandler VS. Akihiro Gono
Chandler has been on a different level as of late and with wins over Eddie Alvarez, Pitbull and Lloyd Woodard in his last three outings, he's carrying a lot of momentum. The structure of Bellator and their tournament format prevented what would have been a great rematch between Eddie Alvarez and Chandler. So, we're forced to watch Chandler destroy what's left of an aging fighter that doesn't have much left to give. Do I even need to tell you who I'm picking in this one? Chandler any which way, DUH . . .
Ben Saunders VS. Bryan Baker (Welterweight Semifinal)
My heart says Ben Saunders while my mind says Bryan Baker. While I'm a big Saunders fan, he's just doesn't seem to be turning the corner in his last several performances. Throw in a suspect chin and I think that Baker's power will be the determining factor in this one. I'll be happy if Ben wins, but I've got to go with Baker on this one. Baker by TKO in the 2nd.
Ryan Ford VS. Luis Santos
I've been waiting a long time for Ryan Ford to get his chance with one of the big shows and I'm looking forward to this fight more than any other on this card. The relentless pace and gritty performances that Ryan is known for should make this a great Bellator debut for him. Santos is a game opponent but with Ford's finishing ability, I'm giving him the nod.
Damian Grabowski VS. Dave Huckaba
Damian Grabowski definitely has momentum on his side as he's coming off of a submission win over Eddie Sanchez just a week ago. Not sure how he got licensed for this one, but I'm expecting him to have an experience advantage in that he's faced a higher level of competition than Huckaba. Dave has the stronger of the stand up, but if Damian can get this to the ground he should take the win. Grabowski by sub.
As of writing this article, the only line that is up is the main event. At -800 to +600, this is as sure of a bet as you'll find. Lopsided doesn't even come close to describing this one so if you have to put money on this card, this is the fight.
3 pick: (Should they put up the other fights) Chandler, Baker, Ford
Until Next Time . . .
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