Free Picks & Predictions Bellator 237: Fedor vs Rampage
Bellator 237 brings together some legendary names, as we head to the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
We will witness the infamous Fedor Emielianenko faceoff against the big man Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Fedor fought earlier this year, with the fight ending in a knockout to the American Ryan Bader.
This one is not to be missed. What more can you ask for than a heavyweight bout between Fedor and Rampage?
- 01Bellator 237 - Sunday, December 29, 2019
- 02Bellator 237 - All fights
- 03Fedor Emelianenko vs Rampage Jackson
- 04Michael Chandler vs Benson Henderson
- 05Keita Nakamura vs Lorenz Larkin
- 06Kana Watanabe vs Ilara Joanne
Bellator 237 - Sunday, December 29, 2019
This event is unique as it’s co-promoted, bringing together two fight networks in Bellator & the Japanese organisation Rizin Fighting Federation.
The decision to co-promote the event was made earlier in the year. Fedor is familiar with fighting in Asia, having made a name for himself in the East.
With a stacked card of fights, with contenders from all over the globe, Bellator 237 is set to be explosive.
To catch the event you’ll need to tune into one of either Paramount Network and DAZN. Ensure to account for the time difference, as this event will be live from Japan.
Bellator 237 - All fights
The Bellator 237 has a number of great fights scheduled. Here’s a breakdown of the main card and undercard.
- Fedor Emelianenko (39-6-0) vs Rampage Jackson (38-13-0)
- Michael Chandler (19-5-0) vs Benson Henderson (28-8-0)
- Keita Nakamura (35-10-2) vs Lorenz Larkin (21-7-0)
- Kana Watanabe (8-0-1) vs Ilara Joanne (9-4-0)
- Daron Cruickshank (22-12-0) vs Goiti Yamauchi (24-4-0)
- Andy Nguyen (6-8-0) vs Ai Shimizu (5-1-0)
- Ryuichiro Sumimura (14-7-0) vs Jon Tuck (10-5-0)
- Haruo Ochi (19-7-2) vs Jarred Brooks (15-2-0)
- Yusuke Yachi (20-9-0) vs Hiroto Uesako (16-8-0)
Fedor Emelianenko vs Rampage Jackson
Fedor Emelianenko once held a status of the hardest man alive within the MMA world, though he never fought in the UFC many fighters, commentators and pundits were of the opinion that he was unbeatable.
Emelianenko signed with Bellator in 2017 and has a record of 2-2. His overall MMA record sits at 38-6.
The big Russian is a show-stopper, he is known for his hyper-aggressive style and obliterates his opponents with a volley of kicks and punches. In keeping with this, his 4 fights in Bellator have never gone to the judges’ decision.
As for Quiton “Rampage” Jackson, who has an MMA record of 38-13, he joined Bellator in 2013 and has gone 5-2 since then.
Rampage went up against old rival, and MMA legend, Wanderlei Silva. Rampage is known for his knockout power and ability to grind out a win in the octagon.
This one is sure to be fiery. Two experienced fighters with knockout power, tussling for a win over three rounds.
Take Fedor Emelianenko to win in Japan.
Michael Chandler vs Benson Henderson
Benson and Chandler fought back at Bellator 165 some years ago, with Michael Chandler coming out with the victory. This is definitely our favorite Bellator free pick on the card in Japan.
Henderson is a proper striker and has the matchup in this sense. Though Chandler has the knockout power, Benson has such a broad range of strikes it’ll be very hard for Michael to get in close enough to cause the damage.
However, Chandler is a former NCAA All-American and is excellent in the grapple. Henderson is fairly inept in this department when making a comparison between the two. Chandler is also the stronger of the two fighters, so this will help in the clinch/grapple.
Thought Henderson may not be as strong, his ground game is of elite standard. Henderson has excellent Jiu-Jitsu and will dominate on the mat.
Henderson was once a UFC Lightweight champion and a dominant one during his reign. Though we are some years on, we believe he’ll be more confident in this one which will give him the edge.
Expect Henderson to win this.
Keita Nakamura vs Lorenz Larkin
Lorenz, who’s fighting out of Riverdale California, used to compete in the UFC and Strikeforce, before joining Bellator MMA.
He lost his first two fights in the franchise, but has since kicked-on and won every other.
He’ll be brimming with confidence coming into this one, having beaten Andrey Koreschkov in his last outing. This fight heavily favours Larking and he’ll expect to come away with an uncontested win.
If things go well in this one, he’ll have a shot at a title fight against Douglas Lima. But he must maintain the position of welterweight champion for that to be possible.
Keita Nakamura is a warrior, having fought almost 50 professional fights. His record stands at 35-10-2.
The Tokyo-based fighter won his last fight and will use that as momentum going into a matchup that clearly favours the American contender. He will need to muster everything he has in order to win this one.
The Bellator betting odds will heavily favour Larkin in this one and we tend to agree.
Expect an easy win for Lorenz Larkin.
Kana Watanabe vs Ilara Joanne
The female fight on the main card features the Japanese and RIZN representative Kana Watanabe up against the Brazilian Ilara Joanne.
Ilara Joanne comes into this one fresh off over a submission win over Australian Bec Rawlings. Before that Joanne had lost her previous two fights, against Fernanda Barbosa and Bianca Daimoni.
Her opponent, 31-year old Watanabe has an MMA record of 8-0-1. She has excellent striking and is very patient during fights, allowing her to pick shots and has capitalised on this in her career.
Her ability to control fights has led to 8 straight wins. Thought Joanne trains out of the same gym as Patricio Pitbull and will look to hand Watanabe her fight defeat.
Will Ilaras’ explosive style be too much for the Japanese to handle?
Take Kana Watanabe to win this.