Bellator 67: Main Card Predictions

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2012

Bellator 67: Main Card Predictions

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    Tonight, Bellator 67 comes to you live on MTV 2, Spike.com and Bellator.com. The card will be headlined by Michael Chandler and Akihiro Gono in a non-title bout.

    Also on the card will be one of the welterweight semifinals, which will pit UFC veteran Ben Saunders against the always dangerous Bryan Baker. Let's take a look at the main card.

Ryan Ford vs. Luis Santos

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    Welterweights collide when Ryan Ford of Canada meets up with Brazilian veteran Luis Santos.

    Ford is a very underrated welterweight, as he is extremely well-rounded and dangerous. At 17-4, he holds victories over UFC veterans Karo Parisyan, Tommy Speer and Pete Spratt (twice).

    Ford is a vicious striker who also has the ability to submit opponents. He will have home-field advantage here, but he faces a very experienced opponent.

    Santos is a Bellator tournament veteran. Holding a 50-7-1 record, Santos is equally well-rounded. He has heavy hands and a solid submission game. 

    Santos is a great striker but needs to be aware of the power Ford has. This fight should be a doozy. 

    Prediction: Ford def. Santos via decision or mid-round knockout

Dave Huckaba vs. Damian Grabowski

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    Heavyweights will meet in the next fight, as Poland's Damian Grabowski is set to fight Dave Huckaba.

    Huckaba is a knockout machine, as 14 of his 17 wins have come by his fists. He has consistently beat lower-level fighters but has struggled against low-mid tier fighters. He finds himself fighting a very skilled fighter here in Grabowski

    Grabowski is 15-1 in his career and is coming off a victory last weekend over UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez in Poland. He has faced solid competition throughout his career, faltering only against Bellator champion Cole Konrad. He is well-rounded and looking to add Huckaba to his list of victims.

    Prediction: Grabowski def. Huckaba via submission 

Ben Saunders vs. Bryan Baker

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    In one of the season's welterweight semifinals, UFC veteran Ben Saunders meets former middleweight Bryan Baker.

    Saunders is a great striker but showed off a slick ground game in his opening round bout against Raul Amaya. Saunders has only lost once in Bellator, which was in last year's tournament finals to Douglas Lima. The well-rounded Saunders cannot take his opponent lightly, as he is dangerous as well.

    Baker is a long-time Bellator veteran and is in his third career tournament. His opening-round match was a struggle against Carlos Alexandre Pereira, as he won a razor-close split decision. Baker is a knockout artist, so it would be in his best interest to stand and bang with Saunders.

    Prediction: Saunders def. Baker via decision

Michael Chandler vs. Akihiro Gono

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    In the main event, lightweights Michael Chandler and Akihiro Gono are scheduled to duke it out in a non-title affair.

    Gono is a long-time veteran of the sport, possessing a 32-17-7 record to this point. He is currently on a two-fight skid, dropping bouts in the Deep and Sengoku organizations. He is well-rounded and experienced, but he is running into one of the fastest rising stars in the sport.

    Chandler won the lightweight title in his last bout, besting Eddie Alvarez in an exciting affair by submission. That followed a successful lightweight tournament run in which he beat out Patricky Freire, Lloyd Woodard and Marcin Held. 

    The former collegiate wrestler Chandler looks to be well-rounded and will be the more skilled fighter in the fight.

    Prediction: Chandler def. Gono via knockout