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.
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
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
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
Prediction: Piccolotti by decision
Prediction: Zwicker by KO