Bellator 68: Main Card Predictions
Bellator 68 comes live Friday night on MTV 2, Bellator.com and Spike.com. The card will be headlined by the featherweight tournament final between Daniel Straus and Marlon Sandro.
Also, one of the two semifinal bouts will take place in the "co-main event" as Travis Marx and Marcos Galvao meet. The winner will punch their tickets to the finals.
Let's take a look at the main card and preview each fight.
Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf
The first bout on the main card will be a catch-weight bout, as normal welterweights Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf will rematch each other from their first fight in Strikeforce.
Zaromskis is 16-6 in his career. The Lithuanian has spent times in such organizations as Dream and Strikeforce. 12 of his 16 wins have come by way of knockout, as the kickboxing based Zaromskis loves to stand and bang.
He has notable victories over Bruno Carvalho, Kazushi Sakuraba and Hayato Sakurai. The win over Carvalho was by way of a somersault kick.
Spiritwolf is making his return to Bellator for the first time since his insane bloodbath of a fight against Jaime Jara. Spiritwolf missed weight for this fight, making it a catch-weight bout. His first fight with Zaromskis ended in a no-contest due to an eye poke.
Spiritwolf is 9-9-1 (1 NC) and is currently on a two-fight skid. He is also a slugger, as six of his wins have come by knockout. This fight should be a barn burner.
Prediction: Zaromskis def. Spiritwolf via mid-round knockout or decision
Seth Petruzelli vs. Carmelo Marrero
This 230 lb. catch-weight bout is basically a cruiserweight bout, as UFC veterans Seth Petruzelli and Carmelo Marrero prepare for war.
Petruzelli will be returning to the Bellator cage for the first time since knocking out Ricco Rodriguez, a fight which saved his career. Petruzelli, best remembered for knocking out Kimbo Slice, holds 12 wins by knockout in 14 career victories.
If there is any knock on Petruzelli, it is his submission defense, which accounts for four of his 6 losses.
Marrero is 14-5 in his career, which has seen him win 12 of his fights by submission or decision. He holds notable victories over Cheick Kongo, Wayne Cole and Brian Heden. His best chance is to win the fight on the ground, but Petruzelli is a tough guy to get there.
Prediction: Petruzelli def. Marrero via knockout
Travis Marx vs. Marcos Galvao
In the bantamweight semifinal of the night, Travis Marx looks to continue his underdog ways as he takes on Marcos Galvao.
Travis Marx upset Masakatsu Ueda in the first round of the tournament, outworking the Japanese star to a decision. Marx is 19-3 in his career, submitting 10 of his foes on the way. He trains with Greg Jackson, so you know he will be ready with a good game plan and training.
Marcos Galvao looks to be the favorite in the tournament, as he holds an 11-5 record. Galvao has big fight experience, fighting in the WEC, Shooto and Bellator. He has won 10 times by decision, but is an ace on the ground, which could counteract Marx's wrestling attack.
Prediction: Galvao def. Marx via decision
Marlon Sandro vs. Daniel Straus
The main event brings us the tournament championship in the featherweight division, as former finalists Marlon Sandro and Daniel Straus will settle who gets the next shot at Pat Curran.
Marlon Sandro is hellbent on getting another shot at Curran, who knocked him out with a head kick in their first encounter.
Sandro is 22-3 in his career, finishing 12 of his opponents by knockout or submission. He is well-rounded, which will serve him positively against a power wrestler like Straus.
Thus far in the tournament, Sandro has tapped out Roberto Vargas after busting him with punches, as well as winning a close decision over Alexandre Bezerra. If Sandro fights as he did in the Bezerra fight against Straus, then he will be in trouble.
Daniel Straus is looking for his first tournament win in two tournament attempts. In his first attempt in the tournament final, he dropped a decision to Patricio Freire.
Straus is 19-4 in just three years of competition, which is a hectic schedule for any fighter. 12 of his wins are by decision, as he is the epitome of a grinder in MMA.
He has been impressive in the tournament so far. He has won decisions over Jeremy Spoon and Mike Corey en route to the championship, and will use his wrestling again to gain a title shot against Curran.
Prediction: Sandro def. Straus via decision