Wow, WWE tackling the Roman Reigns suspension head on. I like it. Now, how about mentioning Brock Lesnar competing at UFC 200?
Is Seth delivering a babyface promo? Sure sounds like it.
I still prefer the more serious, no nonsense Dean Ambrose character.
Tell me JBL didn't just say John Cena is the greatest he's ever seen!
Good opening segment. WWE is giving away two huge matches for free tonight in Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles and Seth Rollins vs. John Cena. One can argue these matches can headline a WWE Network Special easily. WWE saying Reigns’ suspension is an embarrassment is interesting. They could've very easily shied away from it, but instead they drove home the fact Roman Reign f@&ked up.
The Backstabber into the Bank Statement looks really good. Decent women's tag match, basically meant to highlight Sasha.
They had to give Titus a win over Rusev in order to keep the feud going. The feud is growing on me...slightly.
Did Stephanie just put down a WWE Studios movie by telling Miz and Maryse there's no press or red carpet because those things are for actual theatrical movie premieres? Seriously, how tone deaf is her character?
I love when WWE brings up rules that they never adhere to whenever it suits the narrative. Case in point, Kane bringing up the 30 day rule. And speaking of Kane, what the heck happened to his character? This version is just awful.
What has been a pretty dead crowd, they're awake for Rollins vs. Cena.
Really good match between Cena and Rollins. The Club costing Cena the match was predictable, but it worked.
A squash match on WWE TV?!?
“We are hard, and we’re looking for some action.” - Heath Slater. Now that's funny. I can get down with a Social Outcasts vs. Enzo & Cass feud.
Becky Lynch would make a fantastic babyface women's champion.
The Highlight Reel > Ambrose Asylum
The Highlight Reel > Miz TV
The Titantron 6500 was sorely missed.
I can't recall the last time I was excited to see Kane wrestle. That was terrible. Maryse faked an ankle injury to get Miz out of the match? I can't see there being too much excitement over a Kane vs. Miz feud. This feels like a step down for Miz.
The best part of the tag team match between Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews and Cesaro is the tension between Del Rio and Sheamus. It's time to turn Alberto face. For the actual tag match, eh.
The New Day’s parody of the Wyatts didn't work for me. I'm sure the eventual match between the two teams will be good, but the comedy needs to go away for this feud.
Seth Rollins is good on commentary, not on Kevin Owens’ level, but pretty good.
Cena getting involved and costing Styles the match was predictable, but it made sense. I'm curious to see if we get a one on one rematch or a 6-Man Tag Match at Battleground.
This was a good edition of RAW. The crowd seemed hit and miss throughout the show. Although we got two PPV main event worthy matches with AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins there was no way WWE was going to alter the Battleground main event. Because of that, it brought both matches down a notch.
Letter Grade C+
Paige & Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Titus O’Neil vs. Rusev
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
Enzo & Cass and The Social Outcasts
The Highlight Reel
Alberto Del Rio
Seth Rollins on commentary
Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles
Stephanie McMahon and Kane
Bob Backlund and Darren Young
The Miz vs. Kane
Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus vs. Cesaro & Apollo Crews
WWE RAW - June 20, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
Kudos to WWE finally admitting defeat and taking the title off of Roman Reigns. I still think the best scenario at Money in the Bank would have been a Rollins and Reigns double turn, and Rollins winning the belt. Now you've got a babyface Dean Ambrose chasing Seth Rollins for the title. That said, I'm just happy to see a new WWE World Champion.
You deserve it chants for Ambrose. Glad to see him get his moment opening RAW as the WWE World Champion. And here comes Roman Reigns.
You can't wrestle chants directed at Reigns are so misplaced. Definitely not a “smart” crowd.
Great response to the chants from Reigns. It was certainly off script, I wish WWE would allow him to go off script more, I think it would've helped him get over better with the male demographic.
Seth Rollins gets huge reactions from crowds, WWE should've called an audible the night he returned.
It's time to bring back the serious Dean Ambrose character. The wacky Dean facials don't fit the moment.
Here comes the money…
Rollins vs. Reigns in a #1 Contender's Match tonight. Nice hook to keep viewers tuned in.
I'll never get tired of watching Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens. Nice win for Sami. Hopefully we get a big blow off match between the two of them before they get separated after the draft.
A Fit Finlay sighting!
A good pull apart brawl is always fun to watch.
People Power! Personally, I'm a fan of John Laurinaitis’ wardrobe.
How you doin? Enzo Amore is instant energy. Damn Shane, stop trying so hard.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Enzo and Cass, but their matches are too formulaic. Enzo gets worked over to start, hot tag, then Cass clears ring, goes on offense, tag back to Enzo for finish. I'm also disappointed with the treatment of the Vaudevillians. It was obvious they were taking the pin at Money in the Bank, and here they are taking another clean pin from Enzo And Cass. They're in no better position than the Dudleys at this point.
Love the sarcasm in the apologies from The Club.
“Winning is the key to success in WWE.” - John Cena. Someone should tell Dolph Ziggler.
Cena looked legitimately shocked the crowd was chanting his name.
That was an excellent segment with Cena and the Club. Styles was great as the sarcastic, gloating heel and Cena’s serious, no BS delivery was spot on. The Cena vs. Styles feud is the best thing going in WWE.
You'd think WWE would give Anderson a little offense before Gallows and Styles interfered. Doesn’t Cena have any buddies back stage who could come out for the save? This isn't the first time Cena’s been outnumbered against the Club.
I'm digging Natalya as a heel. It gives a fresh set of opponents and it allows her to work with the younger talent.
The End of Days is a wicked finisher. Corbin's facials and body language are way ahead of his in-ring skills.
Good to see Paige back in the mix, although she works better as a heel. If you haven't heard, the ring is her house.
I'm really trying hard to like Dana Brooke.
Shouldn't Charlotte be disqualified due to Brooke putting her foot on the rope? Good match up until the end.
Finally Sasha Banks returns to RAW. Looks like Banks vs. Charlotte for SummerSlam; where does that leave Paige?
The Wyatt’s have one of, if not the best entrance on the current roster. Not the return I was hoping for. Are the Wyatts heels or faces? Just like with Seth Rollins, WWE dropped the ball with Bray Wyatt. The crowd desperately wants to cheer him, yet he returns as a tweener? I don't even know. Not to mention New Day’s act doesn't mesh well with the Wyatts.
Everything Rusev does usually lands in the Good section, this didn't. I just don't have any desire to see him feud with Titus O’Neil. I respect Titus, the person. Titus the wrestler, not so much.
Look at tough guy Shane talking down to Chris Jericho. I thought that was Stephanie’s job.
Good match between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. The double count out was necessary to set up the Triple Threat at Battleground. I like Ambrose delivering Dirty Deeds to both Rollins and Reigns to close the show. WWE needs to build Ambrose up as much as possible heading into Battleground.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
John Cena and AJ Styles segment
Baron Corbin vs. Zack Ryder
Charlotte vs. Paige
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
The Vaudevillians vs. Enzo & Cass
The Wyatts return
Rusev and Titus O’Neil
This week's Fighting Champion's Top 10 WWE Superstars. The rankings are determined by the impact the superstar made on the current week's shows, where they stand on the card and their intangibles.
1. Dean Ambrose (4)
Of course the new WWE World Champion is #1! Ambrose won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and then cashed in later in the night on Seth Rollins. Ambrose sat in on commentary for the Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns #1 Contenders Match on RAW and delivered Dirty Deeds to both guys after the match.
2. AJ Styles (2)
Styles got a big win over John Cena at Money in the Bank with the help of his fellow Club members. On RAW The Club triple teamed Cena after he beat Karl Anderson. Then, on SmackDown, Styles got a win over Jimmy Uso.
3. Seth Rollins (3)
Rollins pinned Roman Reigns clean at Money in the Bank to become the new WWE World Champion. That title reign was brief as Dean Ambrose cashed in Money in the Bank minutes after Rollins' victory. On Raw, Rollins was part of a double count out along with Reigns setting up a Triple Threat Match at Battleground. Rollins went on to SmackDown where he scored a win over Sami Zayn.
4. John Cena (NR)
Cena was on the losing end of his match with AJ Styles at Money in the Bank due to outside interference from the Club. John Cena went to RAW and beat Karl Anderson by DQ and was then beat down by the Club afterwards.
5. Roman Reigns (1)
Reigns' time at the top of the WWE mountain came to an end at Money in the Bank after getting pinned clean by Seth Rollins. On RAW Reigns was counted out of the ring along with Seth Rollins in their #1 Contenders Match setting up a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Championship at Battleground. To make matters worse, Roman will off of WWE TV for 30 days due to a Wellness Policy violation.
6. Rusev (5)
Rusev defeated Titus O'Neil at Money in the Bank to retain the WWE U.S. Championship. On RAW Rusev was attacked by O'Neil who was defending his family's honor after Rusev humiliated his kids after their match at MITB. Zack Ryder became Rusev's latest victim on Main Event.
7. New Day (6)
New Day successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Titles by defeating The Club, The Vaudevillians and Enzo & Cass at Money in the Bank. On RAW, New Day interfered in the Wyatt's return promo, and then on SmackDown they beat the lowly Vaudevillians.
8. Charlotte (7)
Charlotte teamed up with Dana Brooke to beat Natalya and Becky Lynch at Money in the Bank. Charlotte faced Paige for the WWE Women's Championship the next night on RAW where she won with the help of Brooke. After the match Sasha Banks made her RAW return by clearing the champion from the ring. Charlotte interfered in the match between Dana Brooke and Becky Lynch helping Brooke to victory on SmackDown.
9. Sami Zayn (NR)
Zayn was unsuccessful at winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but on RAW he scored a big win over Kevin Owens. He went on to SmackDown to lose to Seth Rollins in a very competitive match.
10. Cesaro (9)
Cesaro was also unsuccessful at winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but went to SmackDown and got a victory over Alberto Del Rio. He did not appear on RAW.
TNA IMPACT Wrestling - June 21, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
A so, so start to the show. EC3, Drew Galloway and Lashley were solid on the mic. EC3 and Drew Galloway started off with good intensity, Lashley added his cool, calm, confident demeanor and then they lost me with Eli Drake. Drake brought too much comedy to an intense situation in my opinion. This is another instance where TNA’s lack of depth shows. Mike Bennett would have been a better option instead of Drake.
The tag match with Eli Drake and Lashley vs. Drew Galloway and EC3 was an entertaining match. Drake taking the pin was predictable, but he looked good in there with the other three main eventers. I'd like to see him take on a more serious approach, I think it will help fans view him on the same level as the other three.
Lashley was superb in his backstage confrontation with Galloway.
Not quite sure where the Decay and Bram story is going, but I'll give it a chance because it's Decay. Yet another example of TNA’s roster problems. There isn't another legitimate tag team on the roster for Decay to feud with. That said, Rosemary was good here, I like that she had more to say than just Decay, Decay, Decay.
Wasn't Jade a heel a month ago? Not a fan of this match. Jade isn't the best in the ring, and Marti Bell is worse. Unfortunately this isn't the last time we see this match.
The Impact crowd is dead.
The Dixie Carter, Billy Corgan, Mike Bennett and Maria segment went way too long. Dixie Carter wasn't good in her role and Corgan wasn't much better. I'm also not a fan of Bennett going after the X-Division Title.
While I liked Eddie Edwards vs. Mike Bennett, I don't like Bennett holding the X-Division Title.
So now there's tension between BroMans because of Raquel? Ughh
Rockstar Spud is criminally underutilized. He's such a great heel. Great post-match beatdown of Sutter. Good segment.
Excellent video package on Sienna. TNA needs to do more of them with different talents.
Now that's a bump Jeff, wow. It looked like he over shot the table.
Really good Six Sides of Steel Match between the Hardy's. That said, every week Matt challenges Jeff to a match, and every week Matt loses. They both keep saying it ends tonight, but it never does. While I enjoy watching the Hardy's work each other, how long can a feud keep going that's this one sided?
Although there is more Bad on tonight's show than usual, I still liked it.
Galloway, EC3 and Lashley in opening segment
Galloway & EC3 vs. Lashley & Drake
Decay & Bram
Bennett vs. Edwards
Sutter vs. Spud
Sienna video package
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy
Eli Drake in opening segment
TNA’s lack of roster depth
Marti Bell vs. Jade
Corgan, Carter, Bennett and Maria segment
Bennett as X-Division Champion
TNA IMPACT Wrestling - June 14, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
Good heel promo from Lashley to open the show.
Strong opening segment. Lashley was great on the mic as the new heel champion. With both EC3 and Drew Galloway coming out to challenge Lashley, it looks like we could be heading towards a Triple Threat Match at Bound for Glory for the TNA World Title. I like the dynamic of both babyfaces chasing the title. TNA also gave viewers a reason to stick around by booking Galloway vs. Lashley in the main event during the opening segment.
Eli Drake looks good getting extended offense on Jeff Hardy.
I was actually enjoying the match until Matt Hardy interfered by biting Earl Hebner. Drake looked good and there's clearly no end in sight for the Hardy brothers feud.
Nice backstage interaction between EC3 and Galloway, even with Drew over-selling his injuries a bit.
All right, Matt Hardy has won me over with the Broken character. I'm really enjoying the Hardy feud and tonight's fight was no exception. The spot with Jeff Hardy sliding down the guard rail of the stairs into the table was a cool visual.
TNA does a great job hyping the main event every week, it's a shame they don't do it with the undercard. Trevor Lee vs. Eddie Edwards should've been made out to be a big deal. At this point TNA should repackage Trevor Lee. He's too talented to be stuck making bad facial expressions and not talking.
The BroMans are mind numbingly bad. I can't believe TNA is still trying to get this act over.
Looking at the TNA roster standing on the stage, it's striking how small it is.
Congratulations to Gail Kim.
¾ of TNA’s tag teams are comedy acts. Hopefully they're scouring the indys for more tag teams because this is embarrassing. Thank heavens Decay retained.
Dixie Carter’s slap was terrible. Come on, seriously? Did Pope just say that's the slap that's going to be heard around the world? Ughhh
Lashley needs to lose the headband. Really good match, Lashley and Galloway work well together. EC3 getting involved was predictable, but it worked. Looks like we’re headed for a Triple Threat match for the TNA World Title.
Lashley, Galloway and EC3 in the opening segment
Eli Drake vs. Jeff Hardy
Matt and Jeff Hardy brawl
Lashley vs. Galloway
TNA’s tag team division
Dixie Carter/Maria segment
POP TV technical difficulties
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 takes place Friday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quentin “Rampage” Jackson takes on Satoshi Ishii in the main event. It's Rampage's first fight since UFC 186 in April of 2015 where he defeated Fabio Maldonado.
Former champion Michael Chandler faces off against Patricky Freire for the vacant lightweight title in the night’s co-main event. This will be the second fight between the two lightweights with Chandler taking the first by decision. The four fight main card rounds out with former UFC fighter, Matt Mitrione making his Bellator debut against Carl Seumanutafa and in the women's flyweight division, Illima-Lei MacFarlane vs. Rebecca Ruth.
Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1) vs. Quentin Jackson (36-11) | Current Line: Jackson -420, Ishii +300 | Pick: Rampage by TKO
Patricky Freire (16-7) vs. Michael Chandler (14-3) | Current Line: Chandler -300, Freire +200 | Pick: Chandler by decision
Carl Seumanutafa (10-6) vs. Matt Mitrione (9-5) | Current Line: Mitrione -420, Seumanutafa +300 | Pick: Mitrione by TKO
Rebecca Ruth (6-1) vs. Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (3-0) | Current Line: Ruth -140, MacFarlane +100 | Pick: MacFarlane by decision
Enjoy the fights!
WWE Money in the Bank - June 19, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
Good move by WWE starting the show off with Enzo & Cass and the 4-Way Tag Match.
Xavier Woods got some ohh’s and ahh’s from his Elite Team comment.
WWE is really going out of their way to protect Cass.
That was a scary dive through the ropes by Big E.
An entertaining match with a few timing issues. I think WWE is protecting Cass too much, but I understand why. The right team went over, and it was obvious the Vaudevillians were taking the pin. Not quite sure where the Vaudevillians go from here. A feud with Enzo & Cass makes sense considering the injury to Enzo. Hopefully we see The Club feud with New Day starting tomorrow night on RAW.
Personally I find Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho hilarious.
I'm sorry, but I just can't get invested in another Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler match. Ziggler worked hard, but Corbin still needs a lot of work.
Why was Charlotte and Dana Brooke out first?
Not a fan of Dana Brooke. I didn't see the Nattie turn coming so kudos to WWE. It makes sense to turn her heel if the plan is to bring Sasha Banks onto the main roster. Nice crowd reaction for Becky Lynch after selling the beat down.
With Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews up now, this’ll be three basic RAW matches in a row.
I guess beating Sheamus helps Crews, but I still have no idea where they go with both guys. I assume this isn't the last time we get this match.
Great atmosphere for the start of Cena vs. Styles. The crowd definitely woke up from their naps.
Great psychology to this match.
Brilliant match, AJ Styles might be the best wrestler on the planet. I don't mind the fact WWE ignored another stipulation with Gallows and Anderson coming to the ring because it fits the story they're telling. Chapter 2 should be at Battleground where Styles takes the loss even with his fellow Club members interfering for him. The blow off coming at SummerSlam in a cage or Hell in a Cell with Styles winning the series.
Excellent Money in the Bank match. Great execution throughout. There were more than a few dangerous spots. All involved worked really hard. I didn't think Ambrose would win because I thought it was too obvious. Now that he has the Money in the Bank contract, I think there's a chance he cashes in tonight.
Poor Rusev and Titus, having to follow the ladder match. This used to be the spot dedicated to the divas. I liked the match only because I'm a big fan of Rusev. That said, Titus O’Neil just doesn't have it, both as a character and in ring skills.
The best part was Rusev telling O'Neil’s kids their dad is a loser. Classic.
A double turn would be splendid here in the main event.
Let's go Rollins chants.
Rollins is fantastic in the ring, it will be a crime if we never get a Rollins vs. Styles feud.
Of all of Reigns’ high profile matches I think this is his worst, and it's not Rollins fault. Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles were all better matches. Actually this match is slightly better than his WrestleMania match against Triple H.
Two ref bumps tonight?
Rollins turning the spear into a pedigree was tremendous.
The crowd blew the roof off of the building when the ref counted 3 to end Reigns’ championship run.
And here's Ambrose!
Great ending to the show.
All in all I give the show a solid B. The MITB Ladder Match, Styles vs. Cena and the main event carried the show. I was disappointed in the undercard matches though. Not on of those matches was anything better than what you'd see on RAW on any given week.
AJ Styles vs. John Cena was the match of the night followed by the Ladder Match and then the main event.
Tomorrow night’s RAW now becomes must see TV.
The Club vs. the Vaudevillians vs. New Day vs. Enzo & Cass
AJ Styles vs. John Cena
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins with Dean Ambrose cashing in MITB
Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Becky Lynch & Natalya
Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews
WWE’s Money in the Bank show comes to us live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday night. With the brand extension on the horizon, tonight’s show is sure to be newsworthy.
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Title.
WWE is in serious need of a boost in ratings for their flagship show, RAW. There is only one way I see this happening, and that's pulling the trigger on a double turn. Having Roman Reigns win in a disputed way is the easiest way to keep the title on him while also protecting Seth Rollins. I don't think it's time to tease a title split here, there's still time to tell that story. This is also the perfect time to turn Dean Ambrose heel. Therefore, my prediction is Dean Ambrose helps Roman Reigns keep the title in true heel fashion. After the match Seth Rollins suffers a beatdown from the two focusing on his reconstructed knee.
Winner: Roman Reigns
John Cena vs. A.J. Styles.
A.J. Styles has to win this match. After losing high profile matches to Chris Jericho at WrestleMania and Roman Reigns at both Payback and Extreme Rules, Styles needs a meaningful win in a big way. I expect both men to put on amazing performances and this be the match of the night.
Winner: A.J. Styles
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro in a Ladder Match for the Money in the Bank briefcase.
WWE wants you to think Dean Ambrose is winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, but he's not. Instead, Ambrose will play a big role in the WWE World Title Match as referenced above. Chris Jericho has never won a Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and with his summer schedule outside of WWE I don't see him winning it this year either. A win here by Sami Zayn doesn't fit the story WWE is telling with him, so he's not winning.
Something tells me they're flipping Cesaro. If that's the case he’ll be tied up feuding with Sami Zayn coming out of tonight's show. Alberto Del Rio is interesting. If WWE wants to get a return on their Del Rio investment, I can see them giving him the briefcase. However, that's a big “if;” and because of that I'm going with one of, if not, the best heels and talkers in the company, Kevin Owens. The thought of Owens walking around with the briefcase puts a smile on my face, not to mention the amazing promos he'll be able to cut.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Dark horse: Alberto Del Rio
Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil for the WWE U.S. Title.
Rusev has to win this match if WWE ever wants the U.S. title to mean anything. I just hope WWE doesn't feel the need to give Titus the title as a sort of “make good” due to his suspension. By the way, what did Titus O’Neil do to deserve a title shot?
New Day vs. the Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillians in a Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
My hope is for WWE to hold off on putting the belts on Gallows and Anderson until we can see them face New Day in a straight-up match. I'd rather see the spotlight be put on the two tag teams with the Club members going over clean. I expect New Day to pin one of the Vaudevillians, protecting Enzo & Cass and the Club. On RAW tomorrow night we’ll get Gallows and Anderson challenging New Day for the belts, and Enzo and Cass will seek revenge on the Vaudevillians for injuring Enzo.
Winners: New Day
Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch.
Unfortunately WWE has done a poor job of making me care about this match. The Women's Division is in a free fall with no storyline direction whatsoever. Regardless of which team wins, will it even be remembered on RAW?
Winners: Natalya & Becky Lynch
Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews.
This won't be the last time we see this match. I fully expect this feud to continue after tonight; therefore, it needs to end by DQ. Apollo Crews will be getting the best of Sheamus, thus forcing Sheamus to get himself disqualified. After the match Sheamus beats Crews down.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin.
Please, please make it stop.
Winner: Baron Corbin
The Dudleys vs. the Lucha Dragons.
The Dudleys are a non-factor. The Lucha Dragons are over with the kids. After the match we see signs of the Dudleys splitting up.
Winners: Lucha Dragons
Goldust & R-Truth vs. Fandango & Tyler Breeze.
These two teams are a guilty pleasure of mine. In yet another feud that never ends, I don't expect this to be the last time we see these two teams face each other. Therefore, it's still not time for Golden Truth to get their win.
Winners: Fandango and Tyler Breeze
Enjoy the show!
For the first time ever the UFC makes its way to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for UFC Fight Night 89. The main event is a #1 Contender's bout between Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson. The co-main event features Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote in what should be another exciting fight.
The rest card should also be highly entertaining. Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse goes up against Sean O’Connell, while in the lightweight division we get Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Thibault Gouti and finally in the flyweight women’s division Valerie Letourneau takes on Joanne Calderwood.
The main event is a battle of welterweights between MacDonald and Thompson. This is a hugely important fight for both fighters, but for different reasons. For Thompson a win will most likely lead to a shot at the title. A win for MacDonald will also get him another crack at the title, but it will also in all likelihood land him a lucrative new contract with the UFC. MacDonald becomes a free agent after his fight with Thompson Saturday night, and the fighter has made it clear he's open to all offers.
It's been almost a year since Rory MacDonald has stepped into the cage. Who can forget the brutal war against Robbie Lawler? The question is, how much did that fight take out of him? On the other hand Stephen Thompson comes into the fight off of a surprising first round knockout of Johny Hendricks back in February. This should be an excellent fight with much at stake for both men.
Donald Cerrone takes on Patrick Cote in the co-main event. For Cerrone this will his second fight at welterweight, whereas, it'll be the seventh for Cote. Cerrone was on an eight fight winning streak until Rafael dos Anjos knocked him out in 66 seconds in his first shot at the title. After that fight Donald moved to 170 where he defeated Alex Oliveira. Patrick Cote has won his last three fights beating Ben Saunders, Josh Burkman and Joe Riggs. This too should be a fantastic fight, but I think Cerrone holds the advantage in almost every area.
Rory MacDonald (18-3) vs. Stephen Thompson (12-1) | Current Line: Thompson -115, MacDonald -105 | Pick: MacDonald by decision
Donald Cerrone (29-7) vs. Patrick Cote (24-9) | Current Line: Cerrone -170, Cote +140 | Pick: Cerrone by decision
Steve Bosse (11-2) vs. Sean O’Connell (17-7) | Current Line: Bosse -150, O’Connell +130 | Pick: O’Connell by TKO
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (8-2) vs. Thibault Gouti (11-1) | Current Line: Aubin-Mercier -365, Gouti +300 | Pick: Aubin-Mercier by TKO
Valerie Letourneau (8-4) vs. Joanne Calderwood (10-1) | Current Line: Letourneau -175, Calderwood +155 | Pick Calderwood by decision
Enjoy the fights!
Bellator 156 is live from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA on Friday night. Bantamweights Eduardo Dantas and Marcos Galvao square off for the second time for the title. The first time they fought it was Dantas getting the knockout win while retaining his title. Since then, Dantas lost the belt to Joe Warren , who then lost it to Galvao.
The co-main event features Chidi Njokuani, as he goes up against late step-in Thiago Goncalves. Former middleweight champion Brandon Halsey takes on John Salter, and staying in the middleweight division, Chris Honeycutt looks to take the next step to a title fight against Mikkel Parlo.
Since the last time Eduardo Dantas and Marcos Galvao met, Dantas has gone 2-1 with wins over Anthony Leone and Mike Richman with the loss coming at the hands of Joe Warren. Galvao has gone 4-0 in the same time span with his biggest win coming against Warren where he captured the title. Both fighters have been out of action for over a year, which makes the fight difficult to predict. Dantas relied on his striking to beat Galvao in their first fight and if he can keep the fight standing I see the same result here. Galvao holds the advantage over Dantas in the ground game so should he get the fight to the ground I see Marcos reversing his fortunes from their first encounter.
Eduardo Dantas (17-4) vs. Marcos Galvao (17-6-1) | Current Line: Dantas -250, Galvao +200 | Pick: Dantas by decision
Chidi Njokuani (14-4) vs. Thiago Goncalves (18-4) | Current Line: Njokuani -275, Goncalves +225 | Pick: Njokuani by decision
Mikkel Parlo (12-2) vs. Chris Honeycutt (7-1) | Current Line: Honeycutt -200, Parlo +150 | Pick: Parlo by decision
John Salter (11-3) vs. Brandon Halsey (9-1) | Current Line: Halsey -340, Salter +260 | Pick: Halsey by TKO
Enjoy the fights!
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