Bellator 170: Ortiz vs Sonnen
Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen kicks off Bellator’s 2017 campaign with a bang, and there are a couple of big names in the main event. Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz takes on former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen at 205 pounds, with welterweights Paul Daley and Season 9 Tournament winner Brennan Ward in the co-main event.
Event: Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen
Date: Saturday, January 21st, 2017; 6:50 PM ET (Prelims), 9:00 PM ET (Main Card)
Location: The Forum, Inglewood, CA
TV: Spike TV (Main Card), Spike.com (Prelims)
How To Bet On Bellator
When you’re betting on Bellator, you’ll have a favorite and an underdog in each fight. The underdog will be shown by a positive sign, so something like +180. That means you would wager $100 to win $180. Then you have the favorite, which will be shown by a negative sign, so the odds could be -150. That means you would wager $150 to win $100. You don’t have to bet in $100 increments but this just explains how the odds and payouts work, so that everyone can clearly understand after a quick glance at the numbers.
Tito Oritz vs. Chael Sonnen – Light Heavyweight
Ortiz (18-12-1) fell to 205-pound champion Liam McGeary in September 2015, while Sonnen (29-14-1) has not fought since a first-round TKO loss to former UFC champion Rashad Evans in November 2013. Both were the same fighter in their primes: aggressive wrestlers that struggled against good strikers. Neither are close to their prime now, but the edge goes to Ortiz, who has been more active and has been better than Sonnen near the end of his career (although to be fair, Sonnen lost to greats like Evans, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva).
Paul Daley vs. Brennan Ward – Welterweight
Daley (38-14-2) had his five-fight winning streak snapped by former champion Douglas Lima in July, but then got sick cutting weight for a fight at Bellator 163 and had to cancel it. Ward (14-4) is 4-1 since dropping to welterweight, and he KO’d Saad Awad in November. He might have to scale back his striking, however, as that is right in Daley’s wheelhouse. If he can keep Daley off-balance with his wrestling, Ward gets the edge here.
Ralek Gracie vs. Hisaki Kato – Middleweight
Gracie (3-0) has not fought since a unanimous decision over Kazushi Sakuraba in May 2010, but you know his style: he is a Gracie, which means a Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace. Kato (7-2) is a karate expert whose nine fights have all ended by knockout. This will be a clash of styles and Kato has fought his entire career since Gracie last fought.
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Mario Gougis – Featherweight
Karakhanyan (26-6-1) knocked out Bubba Jenkins in August and then scored a TKO win over Kirill Medvedovsky in November, although Medvedovsky hurt his shoulder. Sanchez (13-3) lost to Daniel Weichel in July, and each of his last four fights have ended in a split decision (he is 3-1 in those fights). The scrambles are what should make this fight, although Karakhanyan’s ability to finish will be the difference.
Derek Campos vs. Derek Anderson – Lightweight
Campos (17-6) has won two straight, including a unanimous decision over Djamil Chan in September. Anderson (14-2, 1 NC) has also won two in a row, including a unanimous decision over Awad in August. Both are tough men who are versatile, and neither has what it takes to be champion, but they can put on good fights. The edge goes to Anderson, who is from San Diego and a little closer to home.
Full Fight Card
|Main Card (TV)|
|Light Heavyweight||Tito Ortiz||Chael Sonnen|
|Welterweight||Paul Daley||Brennan Ward|
|Middleweight||Ralek Gracie||Hisaki Kato|
|Featherweight||Georgi Karakhanyan||Mario Gougis|
|Lightweight||Derek Campos||Derek Anderson|
|Preliminary Card (Spike.com)|
|Featherweight||Chinzo Machida||Jamar Ocampo|
|Heavyweight||Jack May||Dave Cryer|
|Featherweight||Henry Corrales||Cody Bollinger|
|Middleweight||Kevin Casey||Keith Berry|
|Welterweight||Guilhrme Vasconcelos||John Mercurio|
|Welterweight||Gabriel Green||Jalin Turner|
|Catchweight||Christian Gonzalez||Danial Rodriguez|
|Lightweight||Jacob Rosales||Ian Butler|
|Welterweight||Johnny Cisneros||Curtis Millender|
|Lightweight||Mike Segura||Tommy Aaron|
|Bantamweight||Rob Gooch||James Ba|
|Women’s Flyweight||Rebecca Ruth||Colleen Schneider|