BELLATOR MMA HEADS TO THE CENTERLINK ARENA IN BOISE, IDAHO THIS FRIDAY FOR BELLATOR 205: MCKEE VS. MACAPA.
Despite a change to the Main Event, Bellator 205 features some juicy matchmaking that will determine the next title contenders at Featherweight and Middleweight. Televised action begins at 9PM/ET on the Paramount Network.
BELLATOR 205 MAIN CARD PREDICTIONS
Denise Kielholtz vs. Veta Arteaga
Women’s Flyweights Denise Kielholtz (2-1-0) and Veta Arteaga (4-2-0) kickoff the Bellator 205 Main Card. Veta Arteaga (3-2 Bellator record) is coming off one of the best performances of her career, a unanimous decision win against former title challenger Emily Ducote at Bellator 202 in July. With confidence riding high, Arteaga will also get a boost by competing in front of her hometown crowd. Denise Kielholtz signed with Bellator in 2016, and appeared on Bellator’s first kickboxing card, Bellator Kickboxing 1, in Torino, Italy in April 2016. Kielholtz compiled a 4-1 Bellator Kickboxing record and won the promotions’ Flyweight Championship title against Renata Lantos in September 2016. In September 2017, Kielholtz won her Bellator MMA debut against Jessica Middleton via Submission at Bellator 188 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Denise improved to 2-0 inside the Bellator cage by defeating Petra Castkova via unanimous decision at Bellator 196 in April.
I feel like this bout could go either way, but I am leaning towards Arteaga to grind out the decision win.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : Arteaga via Decision
D’Bo’s Picks: Arteaga via Decision
Patricky Pitbull vs. Roger Huerta
Veterans Patricky Pitbull (19-8-0) and Roger Huerta (24-10-1,1 NC) are set to throw down in what should be an exciting Lightweight matchup. Winner of five of his last six fights, Patricky Pitbull is riding a three fight win streak into his bout with Huerta. Patricky earned a First Round TKO finish of Derek Campos in his last appearance at Bellator 194 in February earlier this year. Roger Huerta became the first Mixed Martial Artist to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That was in May 2007. Eleven years ago. You can definitely say that Huerta’s fighting career is at a crossroads heading into his bout with Patricky Pitbull. After 7 1/2 years, Huerta returned to the Bellator cage earlier this year to face Benson Henderson in the Bellator 196 Main Event. Henderson defeated Huerta via Second Round Armbar in an underwhelming performance. However, one month later Bellator would sign Huerta to a new multi-fight contract. Despite the ups and downs, I expect Roger to come out with guns blazing. Patricky Pitbull has never been one to shy away from a fight, so I expect fireworks in this one until it’s over. Anyone else smell an upset?
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : Huerta via Decision
D’Bo’s Picks: Pitbull via First Round KO
Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. John Salter
Middleweight contenders Rafael Lovato Jr. (8-0-0) and John Salter (15-3-0) are finally ready to meet inside the Bellator cage to determine who will contend next for the title at 185 pounds. Lovato Jr. and Salter were originally scheduled to meet at Bellator 198 in April, but Salter was forced to withdraw from their bout due to an undisclosed medical issue. Lovato Jr. would submit short notice replacement Gerald Harris at Bellator 198 via Arm Bar in the First Round,to remain undefeated, and improve to 8-0-0. John Salter will put his seven fight win streak on the line and look to cement himself as the true number one contender at Middleweight by taking out Lovato Jr. Stylistically, both fighters match up very well, as both Salter and Lovato Jr. are ground game specialists. Who do I think will prevail and face the winner of Mousasi vs. MacDonald? I’m going with Rafael Lovato Jr. to continue his climb towards the Bellator Middleweight Championship.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : Lovato Jr. via Second Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Lovato Jr. via First Round Submission
AJ McKee vs. John Macapa
Featherweight standout AJ McKee (11-0-0) faces veteran John Macapa (21-3-2) in the Bellator 205 Main Event. McKee was originally slated to face the toughest test of his career against former Bellator Champ Pat Curran. John Macapa/ Teixeira da Conceicao steps in to face McKee. A former contestant on the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, John Macapa lost a split decision to Hugo Viana in 2012 at UFC 147 in his only Octagon appearance. Although Macapa is on a two fight losing streak following losses to Pat Curran and Daniel Weichel, he still holds an impressive 4-2 record inside the Bellator cage.
AJ McKee picked up an solid win against veteran Justin Lawrence at Bellator 197 in April to remain undefeated.
AJ feels that, with another win this weekend, he is undoubtedly the next in line to compete for the Featherweight title, whether it be against current champ Patricio Pitbull or Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldwell, who has stated his intentions to move up in weight.
I’m taking McKee, who has continued to mow over all of his opponents, to improve to 12-0 inside the Bellator cage.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : McKee via First Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: McKee via Second Round KO
Next weekend Bellator will be at the SAP Center in San Jose, California for Bellator 206: Mousasi vs. MacDonald. Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below and enjoy the fights!