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Bellator 116 Full Main Card Preview


The opening affair on the main card features 2 time K-1 kickboxing champion, Mighty Mo (6-2) in a bout to determine who will make it to the Bellator Heavyweight final against Alexander Volkov (20-4).

Since joining the Bellator roster, Mighty Mo has stopped everyone in his path, knocking out Dan Charles in the 3rd round at  his Bellator debut, then submitting promotion veteran Ron Sparks in the opening round then submitting Peter Graham in 3rd round in the opening fight of the Season 10 Heavyweight Quarterfinal.

Volkov has seen similar success in the organization, debuting at the Season 7 tournament and upsetting Brett Rogers in the opening round by unanimous decision. He then went on to knock out Vinicius Queiroz in the 2nd round, then taking a unanimous decision from Rich Hale and being rewarded the vacant Bellator heavyweight title. Only to have it taken away from him by the current champion Vitaly Minokov.

Alexander is gunning for the rematch and is on the right path by most recently defeating Mark Holota by TKO in Round 1 at Bellator 111 in the Season 10 quarterfinals.

The next contest features two former UFC veterans, one of which, will hang his gloves up after this fight, win or lose.

Joey Beltran (14-10-1) will look to taste only his second victory since 2011, when he takes to the cage with “The Janitor” Vladimir Matyushenko (27-7).

Matyushenko went 4-3 in the UFC and most recently, he beat UFC veteran Houston Alexander by unanimous decsion at Bellator 99, his debut in the promotion.

In Beltran’s Bellator debut, he lost to former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by TKO in the first round of Bellator 108. Joey will surely come forward as he often does, a threat that Matyushenko stated he is ready for as he spoke with Alchemist Radio.

The co-main event will hoist a young welterweight into the finals of the Bellator Season 10 welterweight tournament.

The two welterweights vying for that spot are Nathan Coy (14-4) and Adam McDonough (10-0).

Coy has reeled off six straight fights and defeated Paul Bradley in the Welterweight quarterfinals at Bellator 112. He will look to lasso the zero from McDonough’s record and propel himself into the finals.

Adam only knows only winning streaks, and upon entering Bellator he stuck to his winning craft and has defeated Johnny Buck by KO at Bellator 100, and Jesse Juarez by unanimous decision at Bellator 112 also in the Season 10 tournament.

Then the main event promises to leave the fans aching for the finals of the heavyweight tournament.

UFC veteran Lavar Johnson (18-8) will sling leather with the undefeated Blagoi Ivanov (10-0).

Lavar lost his Bellator debut as a heavy favorite, to Vinicius Querioz via KO, in just over 20-seconds at Bellator 102, but rebounded strong at Bellator 111, knocking out Ryan Martinez in the first round, and propelling himself into the Season 10 heavyweight tournament semifinals. Lavar Johnson’s finishing rate is 88%, a number Blagoi has to worry about as 16 of Johnson’s 18 victories have come by KO.

Johnson on the flipside has to worry about the 100% win rate of Ivanov. The Bulgarian is 5-0 in Bellator and has had only one fight go the distance, against seasoned Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight tournament vet, Rich Hale in the opening Season 10 round at Bellator 111.