JANUARY 31, 2023 CHICAGO, IL
And so it begins, Bellator 290 is right here and it kicks off the 2023 schedule. Bellator 290 can be aired on CBS and Paramount on Saturday and it is among the most anticipated occasions of the yr. Heavyweight GOAT, Fedor Emelianeko makes his closing stroll to the cage in a rematch for the belt versus Ryan Bader. Bader appears to turn into the primary and solely fighter to beat Emelianeko twice. Within the co-main occasion, Johnny Eblen and Anatoly Tokov sq. off for the middleweight championship. This occasion is full of expertise and I recommendation watching early as we’re going to be handled to a loopy occasion from the Kia Discussion board in Inglewood, CA.
As it’s possible you’ll know, I wish to try to keep away from main fights in these articles however not each card has Brennan Ward and Sabah Homasi combating. The American Prime Workforce product, Homasi, rides a two battle win streak that has seen him within the cage for beneath three minutes mixed within the two bouts. Ward is a much bigger risk as he makes his 18th look within the cage for the promotion additionally using a two battle win streak. Earlier than this streak had started, we hadn’t seen Ward since 2017 however the resurgence has made this an extremely attention-grabbing bout. Ward in his two fights hasn’t confronted the kind of competitors that Homasi will present nonetheless with two finishes of his personal, I can see fireworks and floor work taking up right here. Don’t blink as a result of there can be good transitions and quick fingers on this battle and I feel that is precisely the kind of battle that you must lead into some championship fights.
Prediction: Sabah Homasi Inside Distance
In the event you base this on file, then Pantera could be a simple option to win this battle. Nevertheless don’t underestimate Alejandra Lara when speaking about Bellator 290. Lara has been in there with the most effective and has challenged herself her complete profession. Lara’s floor sport might trigger points for Avsaragova however when you find yourself a Russian fighter and have any sort of connection to the good Khabib Nurmagomedov it’s exhausting to guess towards that. For Diana Avsaragova, she sees choices which is how I see this battle ending however just like the Nurmagomedov’s, she is dominant up to now in her profession, in terms of dominating a battle. Lara must try to not get caught with the short fingers from Pantera. Her putting is uncooked however she has proven she has some energy so as to add to her freestyle wrestling background. I see this being the subsequent step as we see an increase to the highest from but anther Russian combined martial artist.
Prediction: Diana Avsaragova Wins By Determination
Ali Isaev makes his Bellator debut at age 39 and at 9-0 he faces off with 30 yr outdated, Steve Mowry, additionally undefeated. Going again to his beginner days, Mowry is on a 17 battle win streak and at 9 years youthful we regularly see the youthful man pull out a victory in these sort of bouts. Mowry ranked at quantity 5 might be somebody who very a lot advantages from a Fedor Emelianeko victory in the primary occasion. With a win right here, I might anticipate Mowry placing his identify on a brief record of potential heavyweight title contenders for the belt. For Isaev a win might do the identical nonetheless I anticipate him to want no less than another battle in between and at his age and in a heavyweight division that doesn’t transfer as shortly, he could be operating out of time. I anticipate for Mowry to maintain enterprise and if he does it impressively, it might depart actual good after style for Scott Coker and his crew to think about when considering up a brand new title battle.
Prediction: Steve Mowry Wins With Combat On Floor (Submission or Floor and Pound)