Bellator 231: Mir vs. Nelson 2

Preview and Predictions for Bellator 231: Mir vs. Nelson 2 by Danny Rourke and Darell Garner 

The first half of Bellator’s Doubleheader this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut is Bellator 231: Mir vs. Nelson. The action starts Friday evening with:
Prelims        Bellator App                 6:00PM/ETMain Card   Paramount Network     9:00PM/ET
Bellator 231 Main Card Predictions 
Anthony Garrett (+475) vs. Jake Hager (-650)
Former WWE star Jake Hager (2-0-0) aka “Jack Swagger” will try to keep his perfect record intact and continue his growth in the sport of MMA as he takes on Anthony Garrett (4-2-0) in a Heavyweight contest. With a win over Barrett “Jack Swagger” can improve to 3-0 inside the Bellator cage in 2019 following his Submission wins over TJ Jones and J.W. Kiser. Anthony Garrett holds a amateur win over JW Kiser and has won three of his last four competing with Shamrock FC. Garrett has either been finished or finished his opponent in all six of his pro fights. Garrett may be more of a challenge than Kiser or Jones, but he has very little chance of coming away with a win over Hager on Friday. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Hager via First Round TKO
D’Bo’s Picks:  Hager via Decision 
Bec Rawlings (-245) vs. Ilara Joanne (+205)
“Rowdy” Bec Rawlings (7-8-0) makes her Bellator debut against fellow newcomer Ilara Joanne (8-4-0) in a Flyweight contest. Fresh off of her bare knuckle fighting adventures, former UFC talent and Ultimate Fighter alum, Bec Rawlings has now decided to take her talents to Bellator, with her sights set on the Flyweight division. After her fourth consecutive loss inside the Octagon, Bec Rawlings was given the opportunity to try a new combat sport, and ran with it reeling off a 3-0 in eighteen months.  A teammate of the Pitbull Brothers, Ilara Joanne amassed an 8-4 record competing on the regional Brazilian fight circuit, and now has the opportunity to fight on the big stage against an opponent with name recognition. Rawlings will have the advantage in striking and experience, but can not afford to get careless the young grappler, Ilara Joanne, who is riding a two fight win streak. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Rawlings via Decision 
D’Bo’s Picks: Joanne via Third Round Submission 
Ed Ruth (-345) vs. Jason Jackson (+285)

“Easy” Ed Ruth (7-1-0) will attempt to continue working his way back into title contention as he meets “The Ass-Kicking Machine” Jason Jackson (10-3-0) in a Welterweight matchup. A product of the promotion, Ed Ruth has compiled an 7-1 record competing inside the Bellator cage since 2016, and was expected to make some noise in the Welterweight Grand Prix, but was upset at Bellator 213 in the Quarterfinals, losing to Neiman Gracie via Fourth Round Submission. Ruth bounced back his first professional loss by defeating Kiichi Kunimoto in July at Bellator 223 via First Round TKO. After an ankle injury curtailed Jason Jackson’s chance to win a UFC contract on Season Two of Dana White’s Contender Series in 2017, “The Ass-Kicking Machine” turned a negative into a positive, winning three straight and becoming the LFA Welterweight Champion. Training out of Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, the Jamaican native Jackson has cut his teeth training with established veterans and should be less of a underdog in this bout than the oddsmakers are projecting. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Jackson via Decision 
D’Bo’s Picks: Ruth via Decision 
Phil Davis (-420) vs. Karl Albrektsson (+335)
“Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (20-5-0,1NC) looks to make one more run at the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship as he takes on promotional newcomer “King” Karl Albrektsson (9-2-0). A legit prospect with wins over the likes of UFC alum Josh Stansbury and top Bellator Light Heavyweight title contender Vadim Nemkov, Karl Albrektsson makes his Bellator debut against Phil Davis on a three fight win streak competing with Rizin FC. “Mr Wonderful” Phil Davis has won three of his last four since losing his belt via Split Decision to Ryan Bader at Bellator NYC in 2017. In his last appearance,  Davis earned a Third Round TKO stoppage victory against former Light Heavyweight champ Liam McGeary at Bellator 220 in April. Davis’ lone defeat since losing his belt came by Split Decision, to Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 209 last November. With Albrektsson holding a win over Nemkov, it will be interesting to see how the newcomer fairs against a determined Phil Davis. This should be the most interesting  and competitive fight on the card. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Albrektsson via Decision 
D’Bo’s Picks: Davis via First Round Submission 
MAIN EVENT  Frank Mir (+155) vs. Roy Nelson (-175)
Two Heavyweight veterans looking to make a statement throw down in the Bellator 231 Main Event, as Frank Mir (18-13-0) takes on “Big Country” Roy Nelson (23-17-0) in a rematch eight years in the making. Well, perhaps maybe it is not so much about making a statement, but it would behoove Mir and Nelson to demonstrate that they are still capable of competing at a high level. Frank Mir has lost his last four, and eight of his last ten fights, and has not had his hand raised since defeating Todd Duffee back in 2015. Since signing with the promotion in 2018, Mir is 0-2 inside the Bellator cage with TKO losses to Javy Ayala and Fedor Emelianenko. “Big Country” Roy Nelson has not faired much better. Nelson is 1-3 since signing with Bellator in 2017, and is winless since defeating Javy Ayala at Bellator 183 by Unanimous Decision  in his promotional debut. At UFC 130 in 2011, Frank Mir came away with Decision over Nelson in their first meeting. Mir and Nelson are pretty much a shell of their former selves at this stage of their careers, and certainly should not be headlining any event with a combined record of 0-7 in their last seven appearances. Oddsmakers have Nelson as the slight favorite, but I will take Frank Mir to repeat history in this ho hum affair. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Mir via Decision 

D’Bo’s Picks: Nelson via First Round TKO
The Welterweight Grand Prix comes to a conclusion at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday with Bellator 232:MacDonald vs. Lima 2, tune in to see who will walk away $1million richer. Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below and enjoy the fights!



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