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Bellator 147: Thomson vs. Villaseca preview and predictions

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Tim B. takes a quick look at tonight's Bellator 147 card in San Jose.

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Bellator returns to the spiritual home of Strikeforce for their show tonight, which isn't surprising considering Scott Coker's in change. But they're not running the SAP Center - this show is out at San Jose State University. It's definitely not the best card the promotion has ever run, especially with the main event being a showcase matchup for former SF champ Josh Thomson. The next two fights are decent though.

I'll take a brief look at the main card fights here. As usual, the show will air on Spike TV at 9pm ET.

Josh Thomson vs. Pablo Villaseca

As mentioned, this is a showcase fight for Thomson. I'm not a big fan at all of main events where one guy is -1700.  If we're talking a top-flight fighter here, I'd get it. But Thomson? He's definitely good, and he's definitely one of the best guys Bellator has brought in, but this could have been the co-main. It SHOULD have been the co-main, considering the bout below it.

Prediction: Thomson by decision

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Weichel

This is more than likely a number-one contender fight at featherweight for Karakhanyan. Weichel was just KO'd by champ Patricio Freire in his last bout, so I highly doubt he'll get another shot. But that was Georgi's fight to start with - Weichel was just filling in for him after an injury. In other words, this fight has a lot more relevance than the Thomson fight, and it should feature much better action as well. In terms of the actual fight, it's even money but I feel that Karakhanyan is a very, very good bet here.

Prediction: Karakhanyan by submission, round 2

Derek Anderson vs. Patricky Freire

Patricky says he's going to 145 if he doesn't get a title shot. Considering the guys at lightweight that Bellator has brought in (Thomson) or might bring in (Ben Henderson)...I think he should just go to 145. Anderson holds a win over Freire already, so it might not even matter.

Prediction: Freire by split decision

Adam Piccolotti vs. Mario Soto

Prediction: Piccolotti by decision

Brian Rogers vs. Virgil Zwicker

Prediction: Zwicker by KO