You can be forgiven for not knowing that Bellator 182 is this weekend. After all, combat sports is in complete disarray right now due to ‘The Money Fight’.
If you’re in need of your mixed martial arts fix, then Bellator have you covered with 18 scheduled bouts to take place at Bellator 182 in New York on August 25. While it’s difficult to recommend sitting down for each of these contests, there are three fights that you should definitely be watching!
1 Fernando Gonzalez vs Brennan Ward
Every time Brennan Ward fights, you should be watching. Ward fights for the fans as much as he fights for himself.
13 of Ward's 14 wins have come via way of stoppage. Ward explains his style as “win if you can, lose if you must, but always scrap” In his most recent outing, a bout with Paul Daley, he had promised a knockout finish. Technically, his promise was true, but unfortunately for Ward, he was on the receiving end of one of the best knockouts of 2017.
This time around, Ward is facing Fernando Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been quietly making his way through Bellator's welterweight division. Michael 'Venom' Page handed Gonzalez his first mixed martial arts loss since 2014 at Bellator 165. Since then, he's re-entered the winner's column with a win over Brandon Girtz at Bellator 174.
What to expect
You can be assured that Brennan Ward starts the fight with a frenetic pace. Can Gonzalez match Ward's aggression and fury, or will Ward bust him up in the first round? Time will tell.
2 Andrey Koreshkov vs Chidi Njokuani
Former Bellator welterweight champion, Andrey Koreshkov will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Douglas Lima in November when he faces Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 182.
Andrey Koreshkov could easily have remained the Bellator welterweight champion after Bellator 164. He was in control of the fight with Douglas Lima, but overconfidence and a previous win over Lima back in 2015 led Koreshkov to stand and trade with the dangerous Bellator welterweight. For anyone familiar with Douglas Lima, that's an obvious recipe for disaster.
Koreshkov's opponent, "Chidi Bang Bang" is undefeated since 2013 and has picked up four consecutive victories in Bellator since joining in 2015. His most impressive performance was an absolute beatdown of Melvin Guillard at Bellator 171. This is Njokuani's opportunity to thrust himself further into the Bellator spotlight and climb the rankings.
What to expect
Koreshkov, now motivated more than ever before, will be looking to humiliate Chidi Njokuani in the main event of Bellator 182 and start his journey back to the championship. Njokuani is a tough customer and provides an interesting puzzle for Koreshkov on the feet. Expect these two elite strikers to throw down with force.
3 Sinead Kavanagh vs Arlene Blencowe
After our interview with Arlene Blencowe earlier this week, we're sold on this fight being one of the best that Bellator 182 has to offer.
Sinead Kavanagh, nicknamed "KO", is a known finisher with two stoppages from her four wins to date. Kavanagh trains with John Kavanagh and the team at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, a gym that will be focusing on another (much more significant) fight this week.
Arlene Blencowe, who trains out of Sydney, Australia, previously held WIBA and WBF boxing titles before entering Bellator MMA. Since losing to Julia Budd at Bellator 162, Blencowe has since recorded two straight KO/TKO victories outside of Bellator and will be looking to make it three-straight when she meets Sinead Kavanagh this weekend.
What to expect
A bloody affair. These two women aren't afraid to throw bombs. There's every chance that this one doesn't make it through scheduled three rounds.
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