Bellator Milan: Manhoef vs. Bahati

Preview and Predictions for Bellator Milan: Manhoef vs. Bahati by Danny Rourke and Darell Garner 

On deck for Italian MIxed Martial Arts fans is Bellator Milan: Manhoef vs. Bahati. The MMA segment of Bellator Milan will be the second leg of Bellator’s Tripleheader (Bellator Milan KB 12 /Bellator Milan/Bellator 230) this Saturday and begins with:
Prelims         4:00PM/ET    Bellator AppMain Card    5:00PM/ET    Bellator App

Bellator Milan Main Card Predictions
Kane Mousah vs. Rafael Macedo
Kane “Danger” Mousah (12-2-0) looks to build off of his promotional debut as he takes on newcomer Rafael “The Butcher” Macedo (9-4-0,1NC) in a Lightweight matchup.Five months ago Kane Mousah earned a Unanimous Decision nod over Mateusz Piskorz at Bellator Birmingham for his second straight victory and his fifth win in his last six fights. Brazilian Rafael Macedo returns to battle eighteen months since his last fight, where he won a Unanimous Decision against Perry Goodwin at Cage Warriors 93 in April 2018. A winner in two of his last three, Rafael Macedo will need to put together a complete  performance if he intends on slowing the momentum of Mousah down. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Mousah via Decision 
D’Bo’s Pick: Mousah via Decision 
Alessio Sakara (-600) vs. Canaan Grigsby (+400)
The Pride of Italy, Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara (20-13-0) meets American Canaan “Super Beast”  Grigsby (8-7-0) in the “Home Main Event”. Despite the recent knockout losses to Kent Kauppinen and Rafael Carvalho, Alessio Sakara has still finished four of his last six opponents by way of knockout and Sakara has fought all five of his fights with Bellator  in Italy, compiling a 3-2 record.  Coming up short in three of his last four, Canaan Grisby will have his hands full fighting in his promotional debut taking on Alessio Sakara in Milan. With his recent shortcomings not withstanding, Grisby is still capable of springing an upset with seven of his eight professional wins coming by way of TKO. However, I think the deck will be stacked against Grisby in this one, as Sakara pleases the Italian crowd with another knockout victory. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Sakara via First Round KO
D’Bo’s Pick: Sakara via First Round TKO 
Stefano Paterno vs. Ashley Reece
Milan’s Stefano Paterno (12-3-1) will be making his Bellator  debut as he takes on Ashley “The Beast” Reece (8-1-0) in a Welterweight contest. Despite losing his Cage Warriors Welterweight title to Ross Houston via Split Decision at CW 98 last October, Stefano carries a lot of confidence into his fight with Ashley Reece, with an impressive record of 7-1-1 in his last nine bouts, with seven stoppage victories. One of Paterno’s strongest characteristics is his durability having never been finished in sixteen pro fights, and Paterno also has  a high finishing rate  with 11 of his 12 wins ending before the final bell. England’s Ashley Reece aims to improve his record to 3-0 inside the Bellator cage following wins over Craig Turner (Decision) and John-Ross Harkins (TKO) earlier this year. This will be Reece’s first venture with the promotion into enemy territory as his previous Bellator appearance were on his home soil. I expect Reece and Paterno to throw down in  what should be an exciting Co-Main event. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Paterno via Third Round TKO 
D’Bo’s Pick: Reece via Second Round TKO
MAIN EVENT 
Melvin Manhoef (-210) vs. Yannick Bahati (+160)
In the Bellator Milan Main Event, “No Mercy” Melvin Manhoef (31-14-1) meets “The Black Mamba” Yannick Bahati (9-4-0, 1NC) in a bout at Light Heavyweight. Yannick Bahati put an end to a three fight losing streak in May by defeating Amir Dadovic via First Round Submission (Kimura) in his promotional debut at Bellator Birmingham. Bahati is a duel threat with a variety of Submission skills, but has been susceptible to the finish himself in all the three of his previous losses (Two TKO/One Submission). In fact, nine of Bahati’s last ten fights have ended inside the distance. The ever dangerous Melvin Manhoef is still getting the job done at forty three years of age, and is coming off of an impressive Decision win over Kent Kauppinen in June at Bellator 223, rebounding nicely from back to back losses to former Middleweight Champ Rafael Carvalho. Manhoef’s win over Kauppinen was only his third Decision win in 31 professional victories, as No Mercy is notorious for his knockout power that has resulted in the remainder of his twenty eight professional wins. Manhoef will be seeking his consecutive wins for the first time since defeating Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Doug Marshall back in 2014. With both Manhoef and Bahati inconsistencies, it is tough to be confident in making a prediction in this one, but I will still take Melvin Manhoef by knockout as the most likely path to victory in the Bellator Milan headliner. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Manhoef via Second Round KO 
D’Bo’s Pick: Manhoef via Decision 
Stay tuned!! Bellator Milan will immediately be followed by Bellator 230: Carvalho vs. Nemkov. Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below and enjoy the fights! 

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