Bellator 69 & Strikeforce HWGP: MJ's Picks & Parlays
Today we'll be covering both Bellator 69 and the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix! Both events happen this weekend with BFC 69 and the Strikeforce HWGP offering very good-looking cards with some excellent match ups.
Daniel Cormier will be taking on Josh Barnett in the HWGP Finale and Josh Thomson will be fighting Gilbert Melendez in a rubber match. Karl Amoussou will be taking on David Rickels in the BFC Welterweight Semifinal while Maiquel Falcao will fight Andreas Spang in the Middleweight Tourney Final.
First up . . . BFC 69!
Bellator 69 Picks:
Maiquel Falcao VS. Andreas Spang
This is an interesting match up that will determine who will face Alexander Shlemenko for the Middleweight Championship. Spang was a late replacement that blasted Brian Rogers with a K.O. victory to advance to the finals. Falcao hasn't finished anyone since coming to Bellator and has seemed content to ride out close decisions. I think Spang comes out to shock the world, throws caution to the wind and takes the tourney championship.
Karl Amoussou VS. David Rickels
David Rickels has had a great run, but I think it comes to an end tonight by the hands of Karl Amoussou. The "Psycho" has looked dominant in his last couple of wins and I think he'll come out quick, catch Rickels and then finish him.
Jessica Aguilar VS. Megumi Fujii
Both of these gals fight with a lot of heart and are fun to watch. With that said, I think Fujii edges Aguilar out just slightly on most fronts and with do what it takes to get the victory. Fujii's only loss was a close split decision to current champ Gurgel. Aguilar also lost to Gurgel by split decision so I wouldn't be surprised if this is a very close 3 round decision win for Fujii.
Kevin Asplund VS. Ron Sparks
Ron Sparks has a size advantage and has face a higher level of competition that Asplund. Size and experience aren't always accurate indicators, but that's really all you can judge this by as most people have never seen Asplund fight. Both of these guys have knock out power, so you never know. I'd stay away from it, but if you have to throw money down on this one, you've got to lean towards Ron Sparks.
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Picks:
Josh Barnett VS. Daniel Cormier
With heavy hands and world-class wrestling, Daniel Cormier is a scary match up for anyone. Barnett has 26 finishes in his 31 wins and holds a hefty experience advantage over Cormier. While this one could go either way, I think that Barnett's experience will be the difference maker. His ground game and finishing ability may be the clincher. Barnett by sub.
Gilbert Melendez VS. Josh Thomson
Melendez is riding a 6 fight winning streak into this rubber match with Thomson and has looked unstoppable in his last several outings. Thomson took a grind em up decision win over K.J. Noons in his last outing where he basically just held Noons down for 3 rounds. Gilbert Melendez is on another level at this point and I'm expecting him to finish this one quickly.
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante VS. Mike Kyle
Mike Kyle has serious power and already owns a win over Feijao. Kyle is 9-2 over the last 4 years and has only lost when he has stepped up to fight at Heavyweight. Feijao holds 10 K.O.'s in his 11 wins and never fails to deliver exciting fights. This is a tough one, but I think Mike Kyle continues to ride his wave of success in the Light Heavyweight division and takes this one.
JZ Cavalcante VS. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
JZ brings a much stronger resume and well-rounded skill set to the table while this is a major step up for Vallie-Flagg. I just can't see this one not going JZ's way.
Parlays (Combo Parlay combining both events):
3 pick: Melendez, Amoussou, Fujii - $100 to win $150
4 pick: Melendez, Amoussou, Fujii, Kyle - $100 to win $500
5 pick: Melendez, Amoussou, Fujii, Kyle, Barnett - $100 to win $1100
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Enjoy the fights & Until Next Time . . .
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