Bellator 171: Guillard vs Njokuani
Bellator 171: Guillard vs. Njokuani features a catchweight main event in Wichita, Kansas, and it should be a striking exhibition. Melvin Guillard returns to the cage to take on Chidi Njokuani at 175 pounds, while at lightweight, David Rickels faces Aaron Derrow.
Event: Bellator 171: Guillard vs. Njokuani
Date: Friday, January 27th, 2017; 9:00 PM ET (Main Card)
Location: Kansas Star Arena, Wichita, KS
TV: Spike TV (Main Card)/Spike.com (Prelims)
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Melvin Guillard vs. Chidi Njokuani – Catchweight (175 pounds)
Guillard (32-16-2, 3 NC) has three losses and a no-contest in July to Rickels, which was a KO win for Guillard, but was overturned as he missed weight and failed a drug test. Njokuani (16-4, 1 NC) has six straight wins, but he also missed weight in a KO win over Andre Fialho in December. Both are pure strikers, and Guillard had the talent to be one of the best ever, but he squandered it. Njokuani should look at him as a cautionary tale as he is younger, has less miles on his body and just better at this point of their careers.
David Rickels vs. Aaron Derrow – Lightweight
Rickels (17-4, 2 NC), the Season 8 Tournament winner, is looking to bounce back from his “loss” to Guillard, although you should not judge him on that. Derrow (14-8) has not fought since October 2014, a decision win over Nate Jolly. Rickels should be able to get back on track against the rusty Derrow, who has 10 submission wins under his belt.
A.J. McKee vs. Brandon Phillips – Featherweight
McKee (6-0) scored a unanimous decision over Ray Wood in December to remain undefeated, while Phillips (6-2) was submitted by Bryce Mitchell in October. Both like to stand and strike, so the edge might go to the fighter who can handle themselves on the mat if it goes there. That goes to McKee with two submission wins.
Jessica Middleton vs. Alice Yauger – Women’s Flyweight
Middleton (1-0) won her first two amateur fights, and then won a unanimous decision Bruna Ellen in her pro debut in July. Yauger (4-4) has won two in a row with her unanimous-decision win over Roxanne Caesear in June. Both are tough fighters that can grind you down and force you into making a mistake, and there is not much between them. However, the slightest of edges goes to Yauger, simply based on her experience over Middleton.
Full Fight Card
|Main Card (Spike TV)|
|Catchweight (175 pounds)||Melvin Guillard||Chidi Njokuani|
|Lightweight||David Rickels||Aaron Derrow|
|Featherweight||A.J. McKee||Brandon Phillips|
|Women’s Flyweight||Jessica Middleton||Alice Yauger|
|Preliminary Card (Spike.com)|
|Middleweight||Chris Harris||Jordan Young|
|Featherweight||Gaston Reyno||Justin Overton|
|Welterweight||Will Lavine||Domo Garcia|
|Welterweight||Chance Rencountre||Jake Lindsay|
|Bantamweight||Johnny Marigo||Joe Fulk|
|Welterweight||Manny Meraz||Scott Heston|
|Lightweight||Craig Farley||Mike Breeden|
|Heavyweight||Tyrell Fortune||Will Johnson|
|Heavyweight||Jarod Trice||Kevin Woltkamp|
|Women’s Flyweight||Bruna Ellen||Carmella James|