On April 8th, 2010, Bellator XIII will debut its second season by featuring a number of fighters that hold a lot of combined MMA experience and even more potential. In a fight card stacked with both submission artists and strikers, there are two fights that will definitely have fireworks.
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Bao Quach
The first fight guaranteed to deliver entertainment is Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Bao Quach. Karakhanyan holds a record of 12-1-1, his only loss coming by way of split decision. Since the one loss, Karakhanyan has won eight fights in a row. He mainly finishes his fights with submissions, but he has displayed knockout power in the past.
Holding a record of 17-9-1, Quach has considerably more experience than Karakhanyan. This experience has gone well for Quach as in his last twelve matches he has only had one loss, which came from a decision. Quach is primarily a striker, which will make his bout against Karakhanyan a classic matchup between a submission expert and a dangerous striker.
The fact that Karakhanyan has only lost one match and by way of decision speaks a lot for his ability. He is definitely a fighter that his opponents should avoid on the ground, though Quach has such a good record for the past four years that it’s hard to see him make any significant mistakes. It will certainly be interesting to see who prevails in this match as Quach will definitely use his experience to his benefit against the young, powerful Karakhanyan.
Roger Huerta vs. Chad Hinton
The second fight to watch out for is Roger Huerta vs. Chad Hinton. This has the chance to be a technical stand-up battle. All UFC fans know of Huerta's presence in the Octagon. With a record of 20-3-1 and monumental experience, Huerta may indeed be the biggest threat currently in the Bellator lightweight tournament. Nevertheless, his first match in Bellator will not be an easy won as he will face the undefeated Chad Hinton.
Not too much is known about Hinton other than his flawless MMA record of 6-0. He was a wrestler from the time he was nine years old until his early twenties, when he started boxing. In his MMA bouts, Hinton has mainly been a striker, but he is able to submit his opponents as his first MMA bout was won by guillotine choke.
Still, though, there is no doubt that Roger Huerta will be a step up in competition for the undefeated Hinton. Huerta will definitely challenge his wrestling ability as well as his striking. But even with Hinton's six fight career in comparison to Huerta's twenty-four fight career, beating an undefeated opponent is a lot easier said than done.
Beginning with Bellator XIII, Season 2 will provide tough competition in the lightweight division. With the likes of UCF veterans Roger Huerta and Josh Neer getting involved, Bellator is well on its way to being a force in the MMA community. With such leaps and bounds, who knows what the future holds?