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UFN Teixeira vs. Bader, Bellator 98 in review & Bellator 99 predictions

What's up this week:
With Bellator Season 9 in full swing and the last of three UFC cards in two weeks, itís time to look over the various fights that have happened and upcoming. However, I should note that due to the various injuries and reshuffles to Bellator 98, those fights will not count against my fight scorecard.

At the same time I will talk about the matches that should have happened and the replacement fights. So here we got with reviews:

UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader

Main Event: Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader

Prediction: Teixeira by strikes. Result: Same. Teixeira continued his eight year undefeated streak to earn a title shot for the LHWT belt.

Co-main Event: Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo Souza

Prediction: Okami by decision. Result: Souza by strikes. Souzaís overall fight game continues to improve every fight so this isnít surprising.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga

Prediction: Benavidez by submission. Result: Benavidez by strikes. As I said Benavidez has an overall fight game and that was the difference.

Francisco Trinaldo vs. Piotr Hallmann

Prediction: Trinald by submission. Result: Hallmann by submission. The debuting Hallmann made good on it against a UFC veteran.

Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng

Prediction: Natal by decision. Result: Same. As I said Natal has more overall experience and it showed and he controlled Troeng all fight.

Marcos Vinicius vs. Ali Bagautinov

Prediction: Vinicius by submission. Result: Bagautinov by strikes. An overall fight game won out over experience in this flyweight match up.

Overall Score: 3/6; .500 prediction percentage. 1 for the main event, 0.5 for Benavidez, 0.5 for Hallmann submission, and 1 for the Natal win.

Bellator 98

Main Event: Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Rogers

Prediction: Shlemenko by strikes. Result: Shlemenko by decision. Rogers essentially went all out and gave Shlemenko a run for his money.

Co-main Event: Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis

Prediction: Riggs by strikes. Result: Fight cancelled due to Riggsí injury. Training injuries unfortunately happen and weíll have to wait for this.

Joe Warren vs. Nick Kirk

Prediction: Warren by decision. Result: Fight cancelled due to unknown health issues. This was supposed to be a tuneup fight for Warren.

Justin Torrey vs. Andreas Spang

Prediction: Spang by strikes. Result: Spang replaced by Brennan Ward, Ward by strikes. Ward rose to the occasion and made it to the semis.

Jeremy Kimball vs. Perry Filkins

Prediction: Filkins by strikes. Result: Filkins by submission. Iíll be honest and say that I went with an educated guess on little info and won.

Mikkel Parlo vs. Brian Rogers

Prediction: Rogers by strikes. Result: Parlo by decision. Rogers was great in earlier tournaments but the division is advancing constantly.

Jason Butcher vs. Giva Santana

Prediction: Santana by submission. Result: Butcher by strikes. Butcherís rising career beat out Santanaís experience and rose to the semis.

Patricky Freire vs. Derek Anderson

Prediction: None. Result: Anderson by decision. Freire is in trouble as this is his third loss in a row and he maybe in trouble of releasing.

Overall Score: 1/4; .25 prediction percentage. 0.5 from Shlemenko and 0.5 for the Filkins submission. Injuries are a pain for any promotion.

~ Now for the predictions ~

Bellator 99

Main Event: Patricio Freire vs. Diego Nunes

Prediction: Freire by strikes. Nunes is just coming from the UFC with 2-3 in his last five fights. Freireís only losses are to Bellator champions.

Co-main Event: Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Houston Alexander

Prediction: Matyushenko by decision. Alexander is a one dimensional striker compared to the wrestling and overall game of Matyushenko.

Justin Wilcox vs. Akop Stepanyan

Prediction: Stepanyan by strikes. Wilcox is a late replacement, hasnít fought in over a year, and is going down a weight class.

Desmond Green vs. Frabricio Guerreiro

Prediction: Guerreiro by submission. Guerreiro has a only two losses and the majority of his wins are by submission.

Andrew Fisher vs. Joe Taimanglo

Prediction: Joe Taimanglo by submission. Taimanglo hasnít lost in four years and even though heís moving up in weight won his Bellator debut.

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