Raymond Daniels back in MMA?
The dynamic striker will return for his second bout for the newly formed Bellator Kickboxing promotion. When Daniels joined the promotion, some fans wondered if the fighter would give MMA another chance. He fought for Coker under the Strikeforce banner in 2008. He fell via second-round submission to solid veteran Jeremiah Metcalf. Considering the gulf of MMA experience between the two Daniels did not look that bad. However, he never returned to the sport.
Justin Lawrence and Isao Kobayashi battle to regain top prospect status
Lawrence seemed like a can’t miss prospect coming off his season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” However, he was bounced from the promotion after going 1-2. He signed with Bellator last year. In his debut, Lawrence scored a first-round knockout over Sean Wilson. However, in his next outing he dropped a split decision to Emmanuel Sanchez.
Kobayashi graduated from the Pancrase ranks with victories over UFC veteran Will Chope, former Shooto champion “Lion” Takeshi Inoue, former ONE champion Koji Oishi and former Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro. However, in his Bellator debut Kobayashi was dominated and submitted at the hands of Goiti Yamauchi.
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 also as of June 24 at 1:15 p.m. EST. Bettings odds are from 5Dimes via BestFightOdds.com as of June 24 at 1:15 p.m. EST.