Bellator 216 features rival headliners Paul Daley and the undefeated, Michael Page in the first round of Bellator’s Welterweight World Grand Prix.
Also on the card is Mirko Cro Cop vs Roy Nelson in the co-main event and the promotional debut of Valerie Loureda. Former UFC fighter, Erick Silva returns and takes on Yaroslav Amosov.
Bellator 216 will be live on DAZN at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Check out our staff predictions below:
Cheick Kongo vs Vitali Minokov
Big boy time! Vitaly Minokov is 21-0 and was the heavyweight champion before being stripped. A monster of a man at 6’4 and a master in judo and sambo, he will cause some problems for the hulking Kongo in this one. This is also a rematch and at 43 years old, I just can’t see Kongo finding away to keep Minokov off of him long enough to land a bomb on him. I think we’ll see Minokov drown Kongo in this one making it a long 15 minutes for the Frenchman.
Vitali Minokov def. Cheick Kongo via unanimous decision.
Erick Silva vs Yaroslav Amosov
I’ve lost all faith in Erick Silva post USADA. His ultra aggressive style is always fun to watch but his chin is just NOT there. Amosov is 20-0 and has 17 finishes, yes it’s against much lower competition but still 20-0 is damn impressive. This will certainly make for an entertaining fight and Silva could turn back the clock but I’m siding with the more reliable choice.
Yaroslav Amasov def. Erick Silva via TKO in round 3.
Valerie Loureda vs Colby Fletcher
These two women have a combined record of… well, 1-2. Which is Colby fletchers record. I don’t know why this fight is in the main card, but it is and someone needs to win so.
Valerie Loureda def. Colby Fletcher via submission in round 1.
Mirko Cro Cop vs Roy Nelson
A bout of a UFC rematch where we saw “Big Country” take a late TKO victory away from the legendary Croatian. Cro Cop is currently riding a nine fight win streak, 8 of which by finish. Nelson is coming off back-to-back losses, lately being KO’d by Sergei Kharatanov. I believe the damage is finally catching up with Nelson and I don’t think we will see a repeat of the first fight. Cro Cop is no young chicken but I think he is more fit to fight at this stage.
Mirko Cro Cop def. Roy Nelson via KO in round 1.
Michael Page vs Paul Daley
This fight is a pick ‘em in my opinion. MVP hasn’t fought in nearly a year but is undefeated and relatively untested in MMA. He’s ran through pretty much everyone they’ve put in front of him and has done it in spectacular fashion. Daley is fresh off a decision loss to John Fitch but prior to that he starched Lorenz Larkin with a bomb of a left hand. MVP doesn’t have the wrestling to slow Daley down like most guys but his length could frustrate him. I see this ending in one of two ways- Daley blasts MVP into another dimension or MVP wins a relatively boring decision due to both men being hesitant. *Coin flip* Daley connects late in the second and outs MVP away.
Paul Daley def. MVP via KO in round 2.