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Bellator 101 in review, plus Bellator 102 preview

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Cheick Kongo. Pic by SHERDOG.COM -click for source- Credit: Dave Mandel

It’s been all Bellator these past two weeks as we slide from September into October. So with that here we go with a look at Bellator 101 results:

Bellator 101 in Review

Main Event: Joe Warren vs. Nick Kirk

Prediction: Warren by decision. Result: Warren by submission. This was to be expected as Warren worked with Greg Jackson for this fight. However, I do feel I should note that this is basically a fast track for Warren to get a title shot as this is only a two fight tournament.

Co-main Event: Marcus Davis vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy

Prediction: Sarnavskiy by submission. Result: Same. In reality Davis should be considering retirement because of the punishment he’s taken over his career. It didn’t help that he had a journeyman career in boxing prior to his entry into MMA which has only contributed to possible brain damage.

John Alessio vs. Will Brooks

Prediction: Brooks by strikes. Result: Brooks by decision. Brooks’s well rounded fight game and experience in the Bellator helped him advance.

Saad Awad vs. Martin Stapleton

Prediction: Stapleton by decision. Result: Awad by submission. Awad’s promotional experience helped get him through to the next fight.

Rich Clementi vs. Ricardo Tirloni

Prediction: Clementi by submission. Result: Tirloni by decision. Tirloni took this fight on 18 days notice and stepped up to the occasion. Also Clementi’s long career has definitely had more then a few ups and downs.

Overall score: 2/5; .4 prediction percentage. 0.5 for Warren’s win, 1 for Sarnavskiy’s win over Marcus Davis, and 0.5 for Brooks win.

Bellator 102 Predictions

Main Event: Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Godbeer

Prediction: Kongo by strikes. Cheick Kongo’s a striker and in reality this tournament is a short cut for Kongo to get a heavyweight title shot.

Co-main Event: Lavar Johnson vs. Vinicius Queiroz

Prediction: Johnson by strikes. Johnson has more overall experience having fought some big names in the UFC. We will see how this goes.

Rafael Silva vs. Anthony Leone

Prediction: Leone by decision. Leone is undefeated in his past four fights including two Bellator bouts and the tournament first round fight.

Jason Butcher vs. Mikkel Parlo

Prediction: Butcher by submission. Butcher is undefeated with all finishes and four Bellator fights including the preliminary round this season.

Perry Filkins vs. Brennan Ward

Prediction: Filkins by strikes. This is honestly a close fight that can go either way because the two fighters are so similar in their fight records.

How do you think Bellator 102 will go? Leave a comment to let us know!

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A native Californian, Matthew Salzer first fell in love with martial arts when he was introduced to wrestling at the age of 11 by his mother. Close to the same time he fell in love with Mixed Martial Arts while living in Japan when he was introduced to PRIDE FC on public Japapese TV. Matthew has experience in wrestling both as a successful athlete, graduating from Missouri Baptist University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences on a partial scholarship and as a coach with high school experience at Orange Lutheran and Villa Park High Schools and at the kids club level with Team TCB and Team Crucifixtion Wrestling Clubs. In addition to success in school and in athletics, Matthew also has experience in the MMA industry, having served with the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association (CAMO) and is an active member on the www.mmaforum.com website. He also recently started writing for the website Funky Monkey MMA with his own column titled Matthew's Corner.