Ahead of Bellator 174 submerse yourself in the runners and riders on the main card.
(Heavyweight) Justin Wren vs Roman Pizzolato: Wren is a seasoned fighter with a record of 12 – 2 – 0 and is currently on a 5 – 0 win streak. Pizzolato is a middle of the road fighter with a 9 – 6 – 0 record with his last 2 fights being victories. Definitely an important fight on the card as the heavyweight division is the only division in the promotion that doesn’t have a champion since Vitaly Minakov was stripped of the title back in May of last year after 2 and a half years of not been able to make title defences.
(Catchweight 194lbs) Rafael Lovato Jr vs Charles Hackmann: The first of two catchweight bouts; Lovato Jr is an accomplished jiu-jitsu national champion and is currently 4 – 0 in his mma career. Hackmann knew he wasn’t going to make weight; he has 4 – 4 record, even though he has a 50% win record compared to Lovato Jr 100%; he has more experience in mma bouts. Also both men are making their Bellator debut.
(Catchweight 173lbs) Brandon Girtz vs Fernando Gonzalez: Originally meant to be a welterweight bout; Girtz who is coming up from the lightweight division came in 165.6 while Gonzalez came in at 173 at the weigh-in. Both men lost their last fight a Bellator 165. Gonzalez is the more seasoned fighter of the 2; fighting since October 2003 and has been in Bellator since 2014. Girtz has been fighting since April 2008 and has been in Bellator since 2012. Gonzalez has a record of 25 – 14 – 0; while Girtz has a record of 14 – 5 – 0.
(Main Event) (Women’s Featherweight Championship) Marloes Coenen vs Julia Budd: An historical bout. The first time a Women’s fight has ever headlined a Bellator event and also is for the inaugural women’s featherweight championship. Coenen is the #2 145lb female fighter in the world and Julia Budd is #3; with UFC’s Cris Cyborg at #1. These are definitely 2 fighters Bellator need to keep as right now UFC are currently putting together their own Women’s featherweight division, (check my article about UFC’s Women’s featherweight division). Both Coenen and Budd are seasoned. Coenene is a former Strikeforce bantamweight champion with an 23 – 7 – 0 record. Budd is on a 9 – 2 – 0 with a current 7 – 0 winning streak; a long distanced fighter with her last 4 fights going to the judges while Coenen has won 17 fights out of 23 with submission.