Bellator 184 Fight Forecast

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 10/1/2015 to 7/1/2017. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be includedTapology scores are as of Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. ET. Betting odds are from 5Dimes as of Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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Bellator 174 Fight Forecast

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 4/1/2015 to 1/1/2017. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be includedTapology scores are as of March 2 at 1:15 p.m. ET. Betting odds are from 5Dimes as of March 2 at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Bellator 167 Fight Forecast

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 1/1/2015 to 10/1/2016. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be included. Tapology scores are as of Dec. 2 at 8:22 a.m. ET. Betting odds are from 5Dimes as of Dec. 2 at 8:20 a.m. ET.

On the Spike.com undercard, Jarod Trice will make his MMA debut. He is the latest Bellator crossover from wrestling. Trice was a three-time All-American at Central Michigan with his best finish being 4th at heavyweight in 2011. Since college he has competed extensively in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. At heavyweight, he had impressive skill, movement and athleticism. Towards the end of his wrestling career, he dropped down a weight class, and he will compete in MMA at 205. It remains to be seen if he will still have those advantages at a lower weight class.

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.