Bellator 106: Preliminary Card Predictions
Bellator's venture into the pay-per-view market is temporarily on hold, as Bellator 106 comes to you live on Spike TV. This is a result of headliner Tito Ortiz hurting his neck and pulling out of his fight with Rampage Jackson.
That being said, the card is still the most stacked card Bellator has ever had. The main card is full of rematches, as all three title fights on the event feature the second encounters between the participants.
However, before the stacked main card can commence, there is a solid undercard that will set the tone. Here are the preliminary card predictions for Bellator 106.
Cleber Luciano vs. Joe Camacho
The first bout of the night will take place in the featherweight division, as jiu-jitsu fighter Cleber Luciano takes on fellow Californian Joe Camacho.
Luciano is known for his ground game and submission skills, which have led to six of his eight career wins. He is 1-1 with Bellator, taking a win over Mario Navarro, but falling to Nick Piedmont in his last fight.
Camacho is just 2-6 in his last eight fights, including a loss to Aaron Miller in his Bellator debut. He is the better striker in this match, so he will want to keep this on the feet.
That won't happen, though, as Luciano drags him down and taps him out.
Prediction: Luciano def. Camacho via submission
Josh Smith vs. Darren Smith
A pair of lightweight Smiths from California will collide, as 4-3 Darren Smith takes on 8-5 Josh Smith.
Darren Smith is a grinder who has all four of his victories via decision. He wants to lean on you and make you uncomfortable, a style that is not exactly aesthetically pleasing on the eyes.
Josh Smith is well rounded and has shown to be comfortable fighting off his back, something that may be important against Darren. The WEC veteran is likely more skilled, but he will need to fight from a distance against his adversary.
That likely will happen, as Josh takes a decision.
Prediction: J. Smith def. D. Smith via decision
Joe Williams vs. Jesse Juarez
In the welterweight division, Fight Master veteran Joe Williams meets MMA veteran Jesse Juarez in an important bout.
Williams is a wrestler with good ground-and-pound, but can handle himself on the feet. His latest fight with Bellator saw him knock out UFC veteran Jamie Yager in an impressive performance.
Juarez is a disciple of Antonio McKee, which shows in his grinding fights. He is very well rounded, as seen in his most recent Bellator fight when he won a close decision over UFC veteran Jordan Smith.
This will be a very competitive fight. If Williams can get Juarez down and tire him out, he should be able to take this one.
Prediction: Williams def. Juarez via decision
Brandon Halsey vs. Hector Ramirez
The light heavyweights are up next, as UFC veteran Hector Ramirez takes on Brandon Halsey.
Halsey is a submission fighter, as the undefeated Californian owns two wins via tapout in his four-fight pro career. That includes two fights in Bellator, where he tapped out Rocky Ramirez and decisioned the ultra-tough Joe Yager.
Ramirez has been around since 2003 and steps into the Bellator cage for the third time (currently 1-1). He is a boxer that showed great improvement in his wrestling last time out against Savo Kosic, a fight he dominated from bell to bell.
Halsey needs a takedown on Ramirez, but it will be tough. Plus you add in that Ramirez has hammers for hands and it may be a long night for Halsey.
Prediction: Ramirez def. Halsey via decision
Mike Guymon vs. Aaron Miller
Next up are the lightweights, as UFC vet Mike Guymon steps into the cage with 20-fight veteran Aaron Miller.
Guymon has had an up-and-down career despite being great fighter. He went 1-3 in the UFC, beating Yoshiyuki Yoshida while losing to Rory MacDonald, Daniel Roberts and DaMarques Johnson. His Bellator debut saw him get brutally knocked out by Savant Young.
Miller is a wrestler and a grinder that will look for the clinch and take down. That may be tough with Guymon, as he has good takedown defense.
Miller's biggest bugaboo is submission defense, which Guymon will have to exploit. And he will, earning a tap at some point.
Prediction: Guymon def. Miller via submission
Cristiano Souza vs. Alejandro Garcia
The main feature on the undercard comes in the welterweight division, as Fight Master vet Cristiano Souza meets normal featherweight Alejandro Garcia.
Garcia is going to have a tall task ahead of him, as he is fighting up two weight classes. The Arizona Athletic Club rep is well-balanced, but he is going to need to avoid the meat hooks that Souza throws.
Souza, despite being a good ground fighter, is a powerful striker as well. The undefeated American Top Team rep is 2-0 with Bellator and has only gone to decision once in his career.
Souza is aggressive and will come out swinging leather. He will catch Garcia, effectively winning via knockout.
Prediction: Souza def. Garcia via knockout