Bellator 155 takes place tonight at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The main card airs live on Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET while the preliminary card is available below starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.
For the first time in his Bellator career, Rafael Carvalho opened as the betting favorite. For his prior bouts against Brandon Halsey, Joe Schilling and Brian Rogers, he opened at +435, +100 and +120 respectively. In the past year, he Quarterly Generated Historical Rankings has jumped from #54 to #17.
On the other hand, Melvin Manhoef is still a serviceable veteran with a penchant for putting on exciting fights. However, he has been knocked out in two of his last three MMA fights and lost a kickboxing contest a little over a month ago.
Fight Forecast is a recurring series at StrikeScore that provides a stats based preview of upcoming events. 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 7/1/2014 to 4/1/2016. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be included. Betting odds are from 5Dimes as of May 20 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Tapology scores are also as of May 20 at 9:00 a.m. EST.
After achieving his peak rating in 2008, Chase Gormley went 1-4 over his next five bouts including an 0-2 run in the UFC. However, he got back on track with a five-fight winning streak that was ended by Dan Charles in his Bellator debut last September.
Beltran has come all the way back up to heavyweight after cutting to middleweight. Remember the adage, if you can fight at heavyweight in MMA, do it.
Biggest Threats (or not) to Cyborg
The fighters closest to Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino in the rankings are Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd. The two were originally supposed to square off on this card, but Budd fell of the card with an injury. Of course, neither Coenen nor Budd are expected to face Cyborg since they are signed with Bellator. Also, there is the fact that Coenen has already lost to the Invicta FC champion twice.
The 145-pound division has always been one of the company’s strongest divisions. There are currently four Bellator fighters in the Fight Matrix top 20 including Curran. He faces Karakhanyan who has held the World Series of Fighting title and has defeated Bubba Jenkins, Lance Palmer, Din Thomas and Hiroyuki Takaya.
You can watch the Bellator 155 Preliminary Card right here at StrikeScoreMMA.com before the main card starts on Spike TV.