So we’ve done the Prelims, check them out at whoatv.com right here. Now it’s time for the main card. Here is the breakdown for Bellator 179, in London today.
(Welterweight) Kevin Ferguson Jr vs Darryal Griffin: A fight that was added recently to the main card. Even though the event is been held in London, this comes across as Bellator’s way of letting us know this is an American promotion. 2 newcomers to professional MMA. Kevin Ferguson Jr is on a 0 – 1 – 0 record with a 1 – 0 – 0 amateur record. Griffin is making his professional debut with a 2 – 2 – 0 amateur record. To be quite honest, I’m surprised this on the main card and not the prelims, but then, I’m not Scott Coker.
(Welterweight) Dan Edwards vs Alex Lohore: 2 veterans of the sport take to cage next. Dan Edwards is 14 – 14 – 0 and is known for finishing opponents. His French opponent Lohore is pretty much the same, with a record of 11 – 1 – 0 and currently on 7 fight win streak. If it goes to the judges, it will most likely go to Lohore but if it doesn’t, it’s anybody’s fight.
(Heavyweight) Chieck Kongo vs Augusto Sakai: Whoever wins this one should be in the heavyweight title picture. Kongo is a French veteran of the sport with a background in kickboxing aswell as victories over Mirko Fliipovic, Matt Mitrione just to name a few; a former main stay at UFC and now at Bellator. His opponent Sakai is 16 years younger and is currently undefeated with a record of 9 – 0 – 1, like Kongo, he is known for his knockouts. If you want to win this one, take it to the ground.
(Light Heavyweight) Liam McGeary vs Linton Vassell: Orignally the penultimate main event was meant to be Michael Page vs Derek Anderson, however Page suffered a knee injury. Liam McGeary is a former Bellator Light Heavyweight champion, holding the belt for over a year and a half before losing it to Phil Davis in November of last year; he is on the road to redemption picking up a win over Brett McDermott in February. Linton Vassell is no stranger to titles, a former UCMMA Light Heavyweight Champion, and holds a win over former Bellator Light Heavyweight champion and the man who McGeary beat for the belt, Emanuel Newton. McGeary is known for an early finish, while Vassell can finish but is also known for going the distance. Current champion Phil Davis faces Ryan Bader at Bellator 180; the winner will most probably face the victor of this clash.
(Main Event) (Welterweight) Rory MacDonald vs Paul Daley: Last but not least, the main event. Rory MacDonald has stated he wants to capture the welterweight and middleweight belt; the man is more than capable. A former KOTC Lightweight Champion, he made his name in UFC picking up wins over Nate Diaz, B.J. Penn, Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley to name a few, and he is known for all out wars, picking up what many have referred to as fight of the year 2015 against then Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. He’s on a 2 fight lose streak and will look to get back to winning ways.
In his way however, is a man who has also fought all over the world. Paul Daley has fought for UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, BAMMA, EliteXC and Cage Rage where is a former Welterweight champion. He too has his eyes set on gold. Daley has an extensive background in striking, picking 29 KO’s in 55 bouts. ‘Semtex’ Daley will find it tricky to KO MacDonald, as he’s only been knocked out twice in 22 fights, but if anyone can be the third person to do so, Daley is the man. Macdonald is more of an all rounder. If it stays standing ‘Semtex’ will be victorious, however if it goes to the ground, Macdonald could upset the Brit. And you and I both know we don’t want it to go to the judges. Let the war begin.