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Predictions! Bellator 212 Main Card Preview, Quick Picks

Salute the Troops

Bellator 212: “Salute the Troops” airs tomorrow night (Fri., Dec. 14, 2018) from Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring a Lightweight title defense in the main event of the evening that is so long overdue it almost doesn’t feel real that it’s finally happening.

Let’s break it down:

155 lbs.: Brent Primus (8-0) vs. Michael Chandler (18-4)

This all started on June 25, 2017, at Bellator 180 in Madison Square Garden. Then-defending Lightweight champion, “Iron Mike” Chandler, was ready to collect his fifth straight win against the previously undefeated Brent Primus, but then the unthinkable happened. Primus landed a precise kick that wobbled his left leg and left him unsteady on his feet. Despite barely being able to stand, Chandler roared back and hurt Primus with a right hand, but as he continued to limp and stumble, referee Todd Anderson paused the match. And on the advice of the ringside doctor, the bout was stopped moments later. Indeed, Primus officially became a world champion via technical knockout at 2:27 of round one.

Several opportunities to make the rematch since fell through, including Bellator 197 earlier this year, and every step of the way Chandler blasted Primus as “heartless” and a “part timer” in the sport. Given Primus hasn’t taken a single fight until now since winning the Lightweight title it’s very hard to argue with at least one of Chandler’s two points. Unless a monster tsunami rises from the ocean and takes Honolulu off the map, we’ll finally find out if he’s right about the other point and see just how much “heart” Primus has in a rematch.

The Oregon-born, raised and trained Primus stands 5’10” with a 73” reach and mixed bag of finishes — two knockouts, four submissions, two decisions. Of those two knockouts one was actually the doctor’s stoppage mentioned above, so his power in the striking department can be questioned. Chandler’s power, on the other hand, cannot be disputed. He has knocked out seven foes, submitted seven more, and only four wins went to the judges scorecards. Even notoriously tough brawlers like “Pitbull” Patricky Freire have fallen to the power of his right hand.

In addition, Chandler’s two return fights since losing the title have both been convincing, from a brutal beatdown of Goiti Yamauchi for a lopsided unanimous decision to a strangulation of Brandon Girtz in a match Primus bowed out of. He has looked so good that the loss of his title now seems like even more of a fluke than it did in New York City. Meanwhile, because of his sheer inactivity, there’s little of Primus to compare against him, and split decision wins in two of his last three fights don’t suggest an ability to dominate over five rounds if it even lasts that long. There was no reason on paper to pick Primus the first time and sadly for the champion there’s even less reason to do so now.

Final prediction: Michael Chandler whoops ass until scoring a technical knockout in round two

205 lbs.: Frank Mir (18-12) vs. Javy Ayala (10-7)

This is another fight that is unlikely to go the distance. Already the loser of three straight, Mir has competed just once over the last two years, getting destroyed by Fedor in just 48 seconds back in April. Ayala, meanwhile, has been more active over that same span, but he lost a decision to Roy Nelson then got knocked cold by Cheick Kongo in May. You can put as much sugar and honey on this fight as you like, including the fact Mir is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title holder and Ayala once finished Kharitonov, but the fact is neither of these fighters are even near the middle of Bellator’s Heavyweight division. The only deciding factor to me is that Mir actually tagged Emelianenko with a punch in their fight that he admitted hurt him, and if Kongo can rock Ayala, I suspect Mir will too in a fight that should end quickly … and dramatically.

Final prediction: Frank Mir knocks out Javy Ayala in round one

145 lbs.: Derek Campos (19-7) vs. Sam Sicilia (15-9)

Campos was on a four-fight roll before Patricky Pitbull stopped him cold at Bellator 194 earlier this year. That may have motivated him to drop down from Lightweight to Featherweight, and if so, it could work well against Sam Sicilia. Campos stands 5’9” and has a 68” reach, while recent Bellator newcomer Sicilia is 5’8” with a 67” reach. Not only does that make the weight a better fit for Campos, he benefits from fighting a fighter on the decline who has lost four of his last five bouts dating back to 2015. As long as he makes a successful weight cut and isn’t dried up like a raisin this will go Campos’ way.

Final prediction: Derek Campos scores a third round technical knockout

125 lbs.: Alejandra Lara (7-2) vs. Juliana Velasquez (7-0)

Alejandra Lara had the honor of being the first woman to challenge Ilima-Lei Macfarlane for the women’s Bellator Flyweight title, but easily got outclassed in that fight and hasn’t been heard from since. This will mark her most active year since 2015 though as Lara has previously taken approximately one bout a year until now. Other than her debut and last year, Velasquez typically has two fights a year, and this will be her second of 2018 following an impressive technical knockout of Rebecca Ruth in April. The young Lara (24) stands 5’7” with a 68” reach, while the elder Velasquez (32) stands 5’6” with a 67.5” reach. As Mike Goldberg would say other than their age, “everything else is virtually identical.”

Velasquez has finished 57 percent of her opponents (three knockouts, one submission) in a thus far flawless career. Lara has fought more though and has finished 66 percent (three knockouts, three submissions). The most telling thing for me though is what doesn’t show up in the stats — how one-sided Lara’s loss to the champion was. When she’s faced older fighters — even if they have relatively the same number of professional bouts — they clearly don’t have the same level of experience between fights in the gym. I suspect what was true with Macfarlane is perhaps even more true with Velasquez — when “everything else is virtually identical” it’s that hard work outside of the cage that gives one woman the edge.

Final result: Alejandra Velasquez wins via technical knockout in round three

145 lbs.: A.J. McKee (12-0) vs. Daniel Crawford (10-2)

I’d like to say the Englishman Crawford has a chance here … but if I did I’d be lying. For “Mercenary” McKee this is simply a “stay busy” fight until he finally gets a world title shot against Emmanuel Sanchez. Crawford already lost his Bellator debut to Pedro Carvalho by split decision, and if that’s the best he can muster at anything above the BAMMA level, I don’t see him beating McKee. McKee stands 5’10” and has a 73” reach, while Crawford is at least one inch shorter in height with an undisclosed reach I don’t see closing the range of McKee with his hand speed and devastating kicks.

Final result: A.J. McKee wins via first round knockout

That’s a wrap!

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Neil Magny Appreciated Being Able to ‘Die By the Sword’ in UFC Fight Night 140 Main Event

Neil Magny was on his last legs — literally — in the waning moments of the UFC Fight Night 140 headliner in Buenos Aires, Argentina ,on Saturday night.
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Predictions! Breaking Down UFC Argentina Main, Co-Main Events

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is charging full steam ahead, which means a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight card every night for the rest of the year (that’s seven, for all you math wizards). That includes the UFC Fight Night 140 event on FOX Sports 1, taking place this Sat. night (Nov. 17, 2018) inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Leading the charge will be welterweight title hopefuls Neil Magny and Santiago Ponzinibbio, who may not be mainstream stars (yet), but are definitely in “the mix” with a big performance this weekend. The former sits at No. 8 in the official rankings (see them here), whereas the latter clocks in at No. 10.

Before the 170-pound headliner pops off, former featherweight title contender, Ricardo Lamas, will look to prove he’s not yesterday’s news by turning away the venerable Darren Elkins. Separated by just one spot in the official rankings, this 145-pound showdown is a pivotal fight for both combatants, who are both in their mid-thirties.

Before we go ahead and look at the main and co-main events, be sure to see what pro fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson had to say about the rest of the main card bouts by clicking here. In addition, the UFC Fight Night 140 preliminary fights were dissected by the indomitable Patty Stumberg here and here.

Let’s finish the job here and now.

Welterweight: Neil Magny (21-6) vs. Santiago ‘Gente Boa’ Ponzinibbio (26-3)

Biggest Win For Magny? Unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit
Biggest loss? Submission defeat to Rafael dos Anjos
Biggest Win For Ponzinibbio? Unanimous decision victory over Mike Perry
Biggest loss? Technical knockout defeat to Lorenz Larkin
Latest Odds: Magny (+240) vs. Ponzinibbio (-280)
How these two match up: Consistency is the biggest issue with Magny, who always seems to stumble right at the precipice of greatness. After a dreadful 1-2 start to his UFC career, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 veteran put together seven straight wins with four finishes. Then came a high-profile submission loss to perennial title contender Demian Maia. Certainly no shame in that, and Magny rebounded by winning his next three, including back-to-back victories over Hector Lombard and Kelvin Gastelum. Similarly, his journey to the 170-pound title was derailed by submission, courtesy of former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos. Do we once again put faith in Magny based on his recent wins over Carlos Condit and Craig White?

I think we have to first decide what condition Condit was in during that contest, something that is applicable to earlier victories, as well. “The Natural Born Killer” has dropped four of his last five, Johny Hendricks coughed up five of his last six, and Hector Lombard is the loser of six straight. Was Magny the superior fighter, or the beneficiary of shot journeymen who no longer had the chops to compete at the elite level? I want to put more stock in the Kelvin Gastelum victory, but that was 2015 and the UFC 234 headliner performs far better at middleweight. I think my biggest issue is that Magny looks great, even against “names,” until he faces them in their primes, like Maia and Dos Anjos.

I suppose a similar critique is warranted for Ponzinibbio. The Argentinian has looked outstanding in recent years, capturing eight of 10 under the UFC banner. It’s kind of hard to find the downside to a six-fight win streak, because there really isn’t one, but in the interest of objectivity we also need to be real about his level of competition. Mike Perry has dropped three of his last four, Gunnar Nelson is just 3-3 over the last four years, and Nordine Taleb has been finished twice in 2018. I would like to see a signature win that was beyond reproach and right now … I got nothing. I don’t want to blame “Gente Boa” for that because he’s not the matchmaker and he can only work with the tools he’s given. By that same token, I’m not going crazy over his technical knockout loss to Lorenz Larkin. Not only was it over three years ago, it was just his second defeat since 2011, a span of 11 fights.

This is an interesting clash of styles. Percentage-wise, Magny is by far the more accurate striker, one of the benefits of having an 80-inch reach, which leaves Ponzinibbio at a seven-inch disadvantage. He’s also the more consistent grappler, landing 41 takedowns in 86 attempts. Considering how “Gente Boa” has only attempted nine takedowns in his UFC career, it’s understandable to think he might keep this fight upright, but we also can’t sleep on his takedown defense after stuffing Zak Cummings four out of five times and giving Court McGee nothing in four attempts.

If Magny fights to win, he is likely to cruise to a decision. That would require him to spam the jab and work in well-timed shoots. Does he have the discipline for that? It’s hard to stay focused when a power-punching bruiser is walking you down and dropping bombs. I want to pick Ponzinibbio for the finish, but Magny is such a difficult fighter to figure out because of his length, as well as his craftiness. I’m sure there will be a handful of close calls, but I think Magny lets “Gente Boa” gas himself out while swinging for the fences — in an attempt to please the hometown crowd — before taking over and mopping up the final three frames.

Winner: Magny by unanimous decision

Featherweight: Ricardo ‘The Bully’ Lamas (18-7) vs. Darren ‘The Damage’ Elkins (24-6)

Biggest Win For Lamas? Submission victory over Cub Swanson
Biggest loss? Knockout defeat to Josh Emmett
Biggest Win For Elkins? Submission victory over Michael Johnson
Biggest loss? Unanimous decision defeat to Alexander Volkanovski
Latest Odds: Lamas (-200) vs. Elkins (+170)
How these two match up: Ricardo Lamas is about halfway to his 37th birthday and coming off back-to-back losses to Josh Emmett and Mirsad Bektic. The former is the most troubling, as it represented the fourth time “The Bully” has been stopped by strikes and he was unable to rebound from that loss with a strong performance. In fact, I think we have to go all the way back to his Dennis Bermudez fight to find a victory over a Top 10 opponent. That’s traveling back more than four years and since that time, Lamas has been handily defeated by the upper echelon of the weight class. That includes losses to both Max Holloway and Chad Mendes. Those sorts of defeats would be more forgivable if the Illinoisan was blowing out the mid-card middlemen, but he’s struggling there, too.

His record just doesn’t hold up very well as we start to put some distance between now and the names of yesteryear. How much stock do we put into unanimous decision wins over guys like Hatsu Hioki and Hacran Dias? I’m probably being too hard on him, but my job here is to stack him against an opponent who is looking to take his soul. Regardless of his performances or his consistency, Lamas is, and always was, a complete fighter. He hits with power, has sneaky submissions, and can compete for five rounds without batting an eyelash. As we’ve learned in this unforgiving sport, the physical tools are not enough. Mental acuity, gameplanning, and poise under pressure are also part and parcel of any successful fight.

Everything said about Lamas can, for the most part, be applied to Darren Elkins, an equally battle-tested veteran with a long and fruitful run under the UFC banner. “The Damage” climbed to No. 10 in the official rankings after putting together six straight wins, including January’s submission over former lightweight, Michael Johnson. I’m sure it was massively disappointing for the 34 year-old bruiser to give it all away in his unanimous decision loss to Alexander Volkanovski, but that’s life in the fight game. No doubt a highlight-reel finish over Lamas would go a long way in erasing that memory and let’s face it, the clock is ticking for Elkins, who cannot afford another defeat if he hopes to position himself for a run at the strap.

Elkins, like Lamas, brings with him two post-fight performance bonuses. I don’t think anyone expects this bout to be a snoozefest. I am a bit concerned that “The Damage” has only secured two finishes in his last eight fights, especially when you consider he opened his MMA career by stopping nine of his first 10. By that same token, he’s only been finished once over the last eight years and that came by way of Chad Mendes and his Duane Ludwig-trained fists. His biggest threat is his wrestling, where he won a state championship as a high school senior before hitting the mats at University of Wisconsin Parkside. Elkins scored six takedowns against Steven Siler and seven apiece against Chas Skelly and Rob Whiteford. Lamas is successful in defending about half the shots taken against him, but if Hatsu Hioki can score four of five takedowns, it’s pretty clear to me that when “The Damage” wants to take “The Bully” down, he’s going down. The question remains, what will he do once he gets there?

I like Lamas if this fight stays on the feet, where the reach (71”) is the same for both combatants. He’s the better striker and has more stopping power. I’d probably favor him in the submissions, as well, but only if he’s in top position, unlikely against a grinder like Elkins. Since this is a three-round fight, and the winner only needs to capture two for the victory, I have to side with the wrestler, because judges love those last-second takedowns, even when they yield little-to-no results. I think Lamas will look great in the opening frame, then get walled and stalled in rounds two and three. I’m not anticipating a finish in a fight that may have some fans (and judges) divided when the final numbers are tallied.

Winner: Elkins by split decision

There you have it.

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UFC Denver Bonuses! ‘El Pantera’ Nabs $100K For Epic Main Event KO

The 25th anniversary of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) produced record-setting action last night (Sat., Nov. 10, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 139 love on FOX Sports 1 from inside Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, as Yair Rodriguez finished Chan Sung Jung with a no-look elbow with one second left in their main event clash (highlights here).

In addition to “El Pantera’s” record-tying knockout, Donald Cerrone set the UFC record for most wins (21) and most finishes (15) by submitting Mike Perry in the first round, Maycee Barber made good on her Octagon debut with a bloody TKO finish, Bobby Moffett secured a controversial submission win over veteran Chas Skelly, and UFC newcomer Devonte Smith defeated a returning Julian Erosa via 46-second knockout.

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC Fight Night 139 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Yair Rodriguez vs. Korean Zombie

Performance of the Night: Yair Rodriguez

Performance of the Night: Donald Cerrone

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UFC Fight Night 139 Weigh-in Results: Main Event Set; Pennington, Barber Heavy

Chan Sung Jung will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon after a 21-month absence against Yair Rodriguez, who returns from a nearly 18-month layoff of his own.
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Predictions! UFC Denver Main Card Picks

Get your (legal) herbs ready, because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is heading to Denver, Colorado this Saturday (Nov. 10, 2018) for its latest mixed martial arts (MMA) offering.

UFC Fight Night 139 features a pair of featherweight bonus machines in Chan Sung Jung and Yair Rodriguez, plus a bonkers welterweight throwdown between Donald Cerrone and Mike Perry. We’ll also see some former title challengers and undefeated fighters throughout the six-fight main card on FOX Sports 1.

We took a look at the UFC Denver “Prelims” here and here, plus the odds here. Managing Editor Jesse Holland is currently hunting down rogue Replicants and questioning his own humanity, so I’m here to guide you through the six-fight main card.

145 lbs.: Chan Sung Jung (14-4) vs. Yair Rodriguez (10-2)

The public about-face on Rodriguez was almost dramatic enough to give me whiplash. “El Pantera” went from a standard-bearer for the next generation of featherweights to being a punchline after getting mauled by Frankie Edgar. Thing is, Edgar does that to most people he fights; getting beaten pillar to post by one of the most accomplished fighters of this generation isn’t a nail in the coffin for a young prospect.

There was also the whole Zabit Magomedsharipov debacle, sure, but that’s not reflective of Rodriguez’s abilities.

All that said, this still looks like a rough out for him. Jung isn’t an overpowering wrestler, which remains the ideal skillset to ruin Rodriguez’s day, but his sheer tenacity presents problems for Rodriguez. Further, the “Zombie” is deceptively crafty, even on his feet, meaning Rodriguez’s tendency to not set up his fancier strikes could allow his foe to get inside and start landing right hands.

The key here might be Jung’s experience in deep waters, and I don’t just mean long fights. Rodriguez went five rounds with Alex Caceres, but that was more of a sparring session than anything. Jung has had some absolute wars and refused to slow down. As the fight progresses and Rodriguez’s explosiveness starts to wane, Jung will find his way into punching range more and more often. From there, his power and scrambling ability should allow him to get into dominant position and pound away for the victory.

Prediction: Jung by fourth-round TKO

170 lbs.: Donald Cerrone (33-11) vs. Mike Perry (12-3)

Donald Cerrone has lost four of his last five fights, two of them by brutal knockout. I am picking him to defeat a terrifying puncher who, by his own admission, weighed nearly 200 pounds less than a week before fight night.

I’m not a clever man, but I swear I can explain.

Even in the midst of that horrid stretch, Cerrone was plenty competitive with both Robbie Lalwer and Leon Edwards. Perry, meanwhile, is less than 10 months removed from getting outclassed by Max Griffin, and his victories since the Alan Jouban loss came over Jake Ellenberger, a late-notice Lightweight in Alex Reyes, and another late-notice (but admittedly very good) lightweight in Paul Felder.

Just pointing out how they did against other people isn’t sufficient analysis, but it does put things in perspective. Stylistically, as well, Perry is aggressive, but doesn’t offer the crafty sort of pressure Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till used to great effect. “Platinum” is shorter and less rangy than “Cowboy” alongside being too linear, making Cerrone’s intercepting knee a potent weapon. If Cerrone can blunt Perry’s charge and force the latter to fight more conservatively, his wider arsenal and more precise punches should allow him to pull ahead.

Perry is definitely fast and hard-hitting enough to take Cerrone’s head off during “Cowboy’s” customary slow starts, but after seeing Perry’s continued struggles with technicians, I say Cerrone boxes him up and proves he’s still a force to be reckoned with.

Prediction: Cerrone by unanimous decision

135 lbs.: Raquel Pennington (9-6) vs. Germaine de Randamie (7-3)

Y’all remember that bit when Germaine de Randamie was a UFC champion? Strange times. Then again, her entire career has been one long, confusing mess; she’s fought just three times in the last five years, pulling out of four different fights due to injury along the way. This will be her first fight since controversially beating Holly Holm more than 20 months ago.

Nobody can deny “The Iron Lady’s” striking skills, but outside of Holm, her résumé is nonexistent; wins over Larissa Pacheco (0-2 UFC) and Anna Elmose (0-2 UFC) aren’t exactly the stuff of legend. Pennington, meanwhile, has beaten the likes of Jéssica Andrade and Miesha Tate.

Pennington’s two big struggles here are going to come from de Randamie’s four-inch reach advantage and the mental baggage of mentally breaking against Amanda Nunes. Ordinarily, those would be enough for me to pick against her, but de Randamie’s inactivity and tendency to make fights closer than they have to be have me thinking Pennington wrestles and grits her way to a narrow victory.

Prediction: Pennington by split decision

125 lbs.: Joseph Benavidez (25-5) vs. Ray Borg (11-3)

Never mind, Borg’s out. Teach me to write things ahead of time. Instead, here’s the Prelim bout that’s replacing it.

155 lbs.: Beneil Dariush vs. Thiago Moises

Beneil Dariush (14-4-1) — who opened his UFC career 8-2 — has not tasted victory since upsetting Rashid Magomedov in Nov. 2016. After running face-first into an Edson Barboza knee, Dariush settled for a draw against Evan Dunham, then suffered a shocking one-punch knockout loss to unheralded Alexander Hernandez in March.

Six of his nine stoppage wins have come by submission.

Thiago Moises (11-2) submitted Dave Castillo in 2016 for the RFA Lightweight championship, which he defended twice before losing to Robert Watley after RFA merged with Legacy. After choking out Jeff Peterson, he got called up to “Contender Series,” where he knocked out an overweight Gleidson Cutis in the first round.

He replaces the injured Chris Gruetzemacher on two weeks’ notice.

Moises is a strong young talent at 23 years old, boasting solid combination punches, deceptively fast kicks, and a nasty submission game. Unfortunately, his skillset isn’t well-suited to dealing with what Dariush brings to the table; Moises struggled with Watley’s pressure and looks to be the lesser wrestler by a fair margin, meaning Dariush should be able to hold his own at range, in the clinch, or in top position if needed.

The unknown here is Dariush’s confidence after the last couple of years. He’s a genuine top-notch fighter, but two brutal knockouts can throw anyone off. Assuming Dariush has his head on straight, he stifles Moises’ kicks and beats him up at close range to take the decision.

Prediction: Dariush via unanimous decision

115 lbs.: Maycee Barber (5-0) vs. Hannah Cifers (8-2)

Since neither of these two have fought in the UFC yet, let’s have a quick crash course. Barber is a 20-year-old wunderkind who is, stylistically, not all that dissimilar from Paige VanZant. She prefers to either stay at range and flick out kicks or muscle her way inside, hunt for an outside reap, and finish things by ground-and-pound.

Cifers, replacing Maia Stevenson on short notice, is an aggressive combination puncher with some real pop in her hands and a delightful willingness to work the body. This would be a solid skillset to use against Barber if Cifers had fought more than one (1) opponent with a winning record. Her competition has just been nonexistent outside of her win over 5-1 Kali Robbins two months back.

The one time she fought a competent opponent before that? Gillian Robertson choked her out.

Barber has quite a bit of work to do if she wants to be the UFC’s youngest champ, but her top game ought to be plenty here. She drags Cifers to the mat before long, passes to dominant position, and pounds away for her third consecutive (T)KO stoppage.

Prediction: Barber by first-round TKO

155 lbs.: Luis Peña (5-0) vs. Mike Trizano (7-0)

Ah, good, two guys from an Ultimate Fighter series I barely watched. I am the ideal person to write this preview.

In all seriousness, this is a quality matchup. Peña’s size, power, and submission skills make him a top-notch prospect, but still a fairly unproven one, while Trizano defied the odds to defeat Joe Giannetti on the Finale. Whoever wins this has quite a bright future ahead.

Trizano’s victory over Giannetti suggests that he knows how to deal with rangy strikers, but where Giannetti throws noncommittal kicks and punches to harass opponents into ill-advised shots, Peña is out to break things. Trizano can’t sit at range and go strike-for-strike the way he did against Giannetti, and I’d imagine he’ll have quite a bit more trouble getting into punching range with genuine fire coming back at him.

And if he gets overeager and tries to bully his way inside, Peña’s chokes are waiting.

Four inches of height and seven inches of reach are just a bit too much for Trizano to overcome. Peña clips him on the way in and locks up a fight-ending choke on his dazed foe.

Prediction: Peña by first-round submission

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Chris Gutierrez Rear-Naked Choke Submits Ray Rodriguez in LFA 52 Main Event

Chris Gutierrez squeezed the fight right out of Ray Rodriguez.
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Chris Gutierrez Rear-Naked Choke Submits Ray Rodriguez in LFA 52 Main Event

Chris Gutierrez squeezed the fight right out of Ray Rodriguez.
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Chris Gutierrez Rear-Naked Choke Submits Ray Rodriguez in LFA 52 Main Event

Chris Gutierrez squeezed the fight right out of Ray Rodriguez.
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Bellator 207 Weigh-in Video & Results: All Main Card Fighters on Weight

Bellator 207 is almost upon us as the fighters have finally weighed in. The event takes place Friday in Uncasville, Connecticut, with the prelims starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and the main card at 9 p.m. ET.
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