I'm back! Due to popular demand and writing yet another one of these breakdowns. Now that the dust has cleared; Vitaly Minakov is still champion after a back and fourth affair, but edging Kongo out 4-1 in the score cards and moving to 14-0 in his career.
Keeping it in the Heavyweight Division, the tournament Semi-finals Main & Co-main event the Bellator 116 card this Friday.
After a devastating KO loss in his Bellator debut, Lavar "Big" Johnson bounced back with a win over Ryan Martinez at Bellator 111. Lavar "Big" Johnson will look to keep the ball rolling as he faces the undefeated Bulgarian Blagoi Ivanov. Ivanov is coming off an absolute war with Rich Hale where he displayed his all around game on way to a decision win.
Lavar "Big" Johnson Notable wins: Ryan Martinez, Pat Baryy, Joey Beltran. Notable Losses: Stefan Struve, Brendan Schaub, Doug Marshall.
Blagoi Ivanov Notable wins: Fedor Emilianeko(Sambo), Rich Hale, Keith Bell. Notable losses: None.
The Co-main event pits legendary kick boxer Siala-Mou Siliga a.k.a "Mighty Mo" vs former Bellator HW Champion Alexander "Drago" Volkov. "Mighty Mo" Like Ivanov is Undefeated in Bellator and at 43 years old is still evolving, if he had entered and dedicated much sooner he could have been one of the greats. but at 6-2 with 10 kids to feed his time is now. Mighty Mo is on a 3 fight win streaks and despite being a striker his last two wins have come by way of submission. Alexander Volkov burst onto the scene by being a replacement in the bellator tourney and winning 3 straight on his way to becoming champion. Since then he had lost to current champion Vitaly Minokov, and wound up back in the tourney. With a win over Mark Holata the heavy favorite will look to claim his revenge by storming through this tournament and getting his title back.
"Mighty Mo" Notable wins: Peter Graham, Ron Sparks, Min Soo Kim; Noteable losses: Josh Barnett, Semmy Schilt
Alexander Volkov Notable wins: Brett Rogers, Rich Hale, Vinicius "Spartan". Notable losses: Vitaly Minakov
Next up on the card is the Welterweight Semi-Finals pitting Strikeforce vet Nathan "Soulforce" Coy vs undefeated rising star Adam McDonough. "Soulforce" stepped in as an alternate in this tourney, but by the looks of it you'd think he had a full training camp, dispatching Paul Bradley and extending his win streak to 6. Adam Mcdonough overcame adversity in the first round where he was caught in a deep arm triangle to escape and work Jesse Juarez till the final bell rang claiming the decision.
Nathan coy Notable wins: Rick story, Mike Pierce, Paul Bradly; Noteable Losses: Tyron Woodley, Paul Bradley, Brian foster.
Adam McDonough Notable wins: Johnny Buck, Jesse Juarez. Noteable losses: none.
To round out the card there is the last battle in the storied career of Vladimir "the janitor" Matyushanko as he takes on Joey Beltran in a LHW feature fight. 'The Janitor' is coming off a decision win over Houston Alexander at Bellator 99. He made it very clear on Frank Trigg's show that this is his last fight no matter the out come so look for him to go out with a bang. His opponent "The Mexicutioner" Joey Beltran is looking to bounce back after dropping two straight to Fabio Maldonado and "Rampage". This should be fireworks. When a fighters back is against the wall that's usually when the best one comes out.
Vladimir Matyushanko Notable wins: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Yuki Kondo, Pedro Rizzo, Jason Brilz, Tim Boetsch Notable Losses: Tito Ortiz, Alexander Gustafsson, Ryan Bader, Jon Jones.
Joey Beltran Notable wins: Rolles Gracie, Houston Alexander, Tim Hague. Notable Losses: 'Rampage' Jackson, Fabio Maldonado, Lavar Johnson
Undercard Preview: FW standout Joe Taimanglo will face UFC vet, Rob emerson. As well as WW Standout Ron Keslar facing UFC and bellator vet Karo Parysian. Undefeated fighter Brandon hasley takes on Joe Pacheco, Top LHW Prospect Philipe "monstro" Lins makes his long awaited debut against Travis clark. and to finish it off Bender vs Navvaro, Rainey vs Murad, Vitkay vs Barry, and Eduardo vs Zwicker.
Lavar Johnson is a very power striker who always goes for the KO, but lacks much ground skills, as you saw in the beginning of the Martinez fight. Ivanov is a very well rounded fighter and has power as well. If Johnson can tag Ivanov like Hale did, it's goodnight Irene, but I believe Ivanov will use his superior ground game to tire him and grind out the win. They will engage at some point but Ivanov will just take him down at will, and possibly finish him late. My Prediction He keeps his undefeated streak alive against "Big": Ivanov UD
Mighty Mo vs Alexandor Volko. All of you know I'm the biggest supporter of Mighty Mo, always have been since I saw his first kickboxing bout and found out he also did MMA I might have jinxed Grove at 114 by pumping him up so much so (knock on wood here) I'm gonna judge them evenly. Volkov tends to be a bit of a slow starter but gets better as the fight wears on, and Mighty Mo has devastating power, if he can clip him early like Minakov did we mighty see a flash KO. Volkov will look to take this to the mat and tire him and go for the late finish. All around I believe Volkov is the better fighter because of the experience, but my Mighty Mo fandom is gonna get the best of me here and I'm going with the tremendous upset here. Mighty Mo 1st round TKO.
Nathan Coy vs Adam McDonough. I see this fight pretty straight forward. Adam is on a roll and is a very well rounded fighter but he has never really wowed me. He'll come in with a good gameplan mix up his strikes and takedowns, but at the end of the day "Soulforce" is the superior fighter and I see him having his way with Adam here. He will pick him apart in the striking and stop all his takedowns. McDonough is a tough dude though so I don't think he'll finish him. My prediction: Nate Coy UD
Vladimir Matyushenko vs Joey Beltran: Joey Beltran has his back against the wall here desperately needing a win but "The Janitor isn't just gonna hand it to him. Matyushenko along with the power in his hands (which he displayed in his 20 second KO over Jason Brilz) is a very decorated wrestler holding many championships. Joey Beltran loves to strike but has been known to wall and stall as of late. Expect these two to come out and engage, but once Beltran feels Vladimir's power he will look to tie things up and push him against the cage. The janitors wrestling credentials however will not let that happen. I think The Janitor mixes it up nicely and beats him in every aspect, to send his long career out on a really good note. My prediction Vladimir Matyushenko 2nd round tko
undercard picks: Taimanglo 3rd round sub, Keslar first round tko, Pacheco decision, Philipe Lins 1st round KO, Bender 2nd round sub, Rainy 3rd round KO, Vitkay decision, Zwicker decision.
This card is stacked top to bottom and I am really excited about it. If you made it through Thanks for reading, and Post in the comments below about the fights your looking forward to most and who you think will win. Have a good one. See you next time.