(Can Miesha Tate smash through two fighters in the same night? Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.)
Look, we could talk about Silva and Sonnen all day, but there’s new business to attend to — namely, this is a huge week for women’s MMA. Thursday marks the premiere of Bellator’s third season, which will go down at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In addition to appearances by Hector Lombard, Eddie Sanchez, and Yves Edwards, Bellator 24 will host two opening-round fights from their 115-pound women’s tournament: Megumi Fujii against late replacement Carla Esparza, and Jessica Aguilar vs. Lynn Alvarez.
The following night, Strikeforce Challengers comes to the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, featuring Miesha Tate, Carina Damm, Hitomi Akano, and Maiju Kujala in a one-night 135-pound tournament; first-round matchups will be determined at Thursday’s weigh-ins. If you’d like to enter some MMA FightPicker pools, please make it happen by tomorrow at fightpicker.cagepotato.com or apps.facebook.com/fightpicker. The full list of this week’s questions is after the jump…
Hector Lombard vs. Herbert Goodman @ Bellator 24: Who will win?
Will Lombard vs. Goodman end in round 1?
Neil Grove vs. Eddie Sanchez: Who will win?
Megumi Fujii vs. Carla Esparza: Who will win?
Will Fujii vs. Esparza end in a submission?
Lynn Alvarez vs. Jessica Aguilar: Who will win?
Yves Edwards vs. Luis Palomino: Who will win?
Joe Riggs vs. Louis Taylor at Strikeforce Challengers: Who will win?
Ryan Couture vs. Lucas Stark: Who will win?
Will Miesha Tate win the 135-pound women’s tourney?
Will Carina Damm win the 135-pound women’s tourney?
Will both semi-final matches end in stoppages?
Will the winner of the reserve bout need to enter the finals?