Bellator 159 Fight Forecast

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. Tapology scores are as of July 21 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Bettings odds are from 5Dimes via BestFightOdds.com as of July 21 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Friday is a pretty important night for Bellator. In the main event, Darrion Caldwell takes on Joe Taimanglo with a bantamweight title shot on the line. If Caldwell can win, it will set up one of the best fights Bellator has to offer. Current champion Eduardo Dantas is ranked #4 by Fight Matrix while Caldwell comes in at #8. A matchup between two top-ten fighters is a big deal for Bellator considering the UFC's stranglehold on talent.

Taimanglo is much lower ranked, and he is not getting very much respect from the bookmakers or the Tapology users. It seems like a bit of a squash, but the chance of an upset is always high in Bellator.

For more background on Caldwell, check out the Film Study StrikeScoreMMA put together prior to Bellator 151.