Bellator 47 pops off this weekend, continuing the featherweight tournament and bridging the gap between season four and five. Unlike some promotions that can’t seem to pronounce “tournament” without fighters getting injured or insulted (or both), Bellator’s grand prix action will roll on in Ontario, Canada, where the contestants will have to brave the bitter arctic cold and vicious penguins as they fight to advance toward a payday and a title shot with current champion (and Baddest Man on the Planet) Joe Warren.
This just in: we’re being told by someone who lives in Canada that it is summer there, and temperatures will be significantly less brutal than we normally expect. We’ll take him at his word, but if anyone can take readings in the area and report back, we’d appreciate it.
Either way, we expect the action to be hot.
Sandro had an entertaining three rounder with Genair da Silva last month, and picked up a split decision victory despite being in control all three rounds. Just chalk that up to typical judging in Hollywood, Florida. Meanwhile, grappling ace Malegarie tapped Jacob Devree with a guillotine to move into the semifinals.
Pat Curran scored a submission win of his own in Hollywood, catching Peruvian fighter Luis “Baboon” Palomino with a Peruvian necktie in the first round. Ronnie “Kid Ninja” Mann, whose nickname never fails to bring a smile to our faces, earned a stoppage victory of his own with a KO win over Adam Schindler.
Also on the card: Neil “Goliath” Grove returns after a loss to Cole Konrad for a scrap with Bellator-newcomer Zak Jensen. (You may remember Jensen from season 10 of TUF, where he got choked the eff out by Darrill Schoonover.) Neither heavyweight is what you’d call a grinder — we expect this one to end with someone gazing blankly up at the lights and asking the ref what just happened.
Lightweights Chris Horodecki and Chris “The So-Cal Kid” Saunders round out the planned televised card. Horodecki lost a bout to Donald Cerrone on the last WEC card and was not picked up by the UFC when the two merged this year, despite carrying a 16-3 record at the time. (Horodecki picked up another win in April.) Saunders makes his promotional debut with a 9-1 record in regional promotions against a very tough opponent.
On the undecard:
Bryan Goldsby vs. Bo Harris
Daniel Langbeen vs. Will Romero
Daron Cruickshank vs. Sergej Juskevic
Syd Barnier vs. Denis Puric