The main event of Bellator 179 comes down to ranking vs. momentum. Over the past two years, Rory MacDonald has been higher ranked than Paul Daley. However, as noted by his -48.25 Rankings Momentum, MacDonald has been on a major slide recently. Which indicator will end up being right on Friday night? MacDonald does have the ability to outwrestle Daley over the course of three rounds, but Daley always has a chance with his huge power.
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 7/1/2015 to 4/1/2017. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be included. Tapology scores are as of May 18 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Betting odds are from 5Dimes as of May 18 at 11:30 a.m. ET.