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BELLATOR 221 TO FEATURE CHANDLER VS. PITBULL SUPERFIGHT

Bellator announced to ESPN its upcoming tentpole event, which can be set to occur May 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The card features lots of fascinating matchups, and I will list them below along with my first thoughts in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Michael Chandler vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Bellator 221
The main occasion of Bellator 221 will be a five-round superfight between Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Bellator featherweight champion Patricio”Pitbull” Freire. Chandler’s belt will probably be up for grabs in this one as Pitbull is moving up in weight for a fight that will ascertain arguably the greatest fighter in Bellator history. Chandler (19-4) is 16-4 in Bellator and won back the lightweight title from Brent Primus in his last fight. He has won seven of the last eight fights complete and having a win here over Pitbull would solidify himself as the advertising’s greatest home-grown gift ever. Pitbull (28-4) is also 16-4 in Bellator and is coming off of back-to-back featherweight title defenses over Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Wiechel. What a great fight between two fights that are amazing. Chandler will probably be preferred here as he’s the bigger fighter, but Pitbull is a stud and shouldn’t be counted out. Depending on the line, Pitbull could be well worth a look as a dog.
Pat Curran vs. AJ McKee, Bellator 221
Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran will come back to the cage when he chooses on rising star AJ McKee. Curran (23-7) is 13-4 overall in Bellator and is among the top fighters to fight for the promotion. He’s really riding a three-fight win streak right now, though he has not fought as an October 2017 conclusion win over John Teixeira. McKee (13-0) made his Bellator and expert MMA introduction in October 2015 and has not looked back because as he is undefeated and has buzzsawed through each competitor that Bellator has put his way. Curran is a solid gatekeeper at this point of his career, however, McKee is a true stud and I fully expect him to win this battle. There’s no doubt the undefeated rising star will be a huge favorite here.
Douglas Lima vs. winner of Paul Daley/Michael Page, Bellator 221
The semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix will take place with this card featuring Douglas Lima against the winner of this weekend Paul Daley vs. Michael Page battle. There’s not much to say about this yet as he don’t know the matchup, but Lima vs. both of those guys makes for an wonderful fight.
Jake Hager vs. TBA, Bellator 221
And Jake Hager will return to the cage to get his next MMA battle against a yet-to-be-named opponent. Hager (1-0) filed JW Kiser in his Bellator and MMA debut. He seems like a very intriguing heavyweight potential considering his strength and size, though I would anticipate Bellator to give him another”can” for his next fight as they continue to slow-build him. I have no doubt Bellator will be able to find another Kiser clone and pay them a few thousand bucks to get completed by Hager.
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