Fight Forecast is a recurring series at StrikeScoreMMA.com that provides a stats based preview of upcoming events. Since striking stats are not available outside the UFC, we need to get a bit creative. The following uses Fight Matrix rankings, peak rank, Tapology user votes, betting odds and Rankings Momentum.
In this case, the period used for Rankings Momentum was 10/1/2014 to 7/1/2016. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be included. Tapology scores are as of Oct. 21 at 10:15 a.m. ET. Betting odds are from 5Dimes as of Oct. 21 at 10:15 a.m. ET.
For an in-depth preview of the card, check out Richard Mann's preview on RotoWire.com.
While Kendall Grove has the advantage in terms of Rankings Momentum, Alexander Shlemenko has been the better ranked fighter throughout the ranking period. To put it another way, Grove's ranking has improved at a greater rate, but Shlemenko has remained the higher ranked fighter.
Shlemenko vs. Grove Fight Matrix Ranking Points
By this point everyone knows that Bobby Lashley leads a double life as an MMA fighter and professional wrestler. In between training camps for Bellator fights, he performs for a promotional called TNA (really?). Within the 30 days prior to this fight, Lashley had six professional matches with his last one coming only 13 days ago (via profightdb.com). He has cut it close before, but this will be the shortest turnaround from wrestling to fighting in his Bellator career.