Thursday November 26, 2015– Bellator MMA makes their return to San Jose California after a successful Dynamite1 major event back in September. The main event features hometown hero Josh Thomson as he gets set to take on top lightweight contender Pablo Villaseca. The event always features former title contender Daniel Weichel, as he tries to get back on the winning track by going up against Georgie Karakhanyan. Thomson looks to make it two in a row in front of his home fans with his last victory coming inside the SAP pavilion by finishing Mike Bronzoulis in the 1st round. With the light weight division already packed with some top ranked contenders a win here for Thomson could get him even closer to a title shot. Besides the co and main event there is a stacked card that Bellator MMA has lined up for the Bay Area, as the second of the Pitbull brothers Patricky Freire will be in action. 13 fights so far from prelims to the main card and by the looks of things it’s going to be a stacked event.
Co Main Event Daniel Weichel (35-9) Vs Glenn Karakhanyan (24-4)
The co main event features the former Featherweight title contender Daniel Weichel (35-9) who some say was pretty close to winning the title before an amazing comeback by Pitbull sealed the victory. For Weichel he is going to have to look past that defeat to try to not only pick this win up but try to earn another title shot down the line. Weichel has 5 wins by TKO and 21 by submission, and it’s pretty safe to say that he will be looking for the finish. Weichel was riding a 7 fight winning streak before getting his title shot and a win here is a must. Weichel who has fought for many organizations over his career, has to stick to his strengths to win this fight. As we saw in his last fight he pressured Pitbull early and fast he had the champion on his toes. Were he made his mistake was leaving openings for Pitbull to strike. With a clean fight and working for the submission finish Weichel should find himself in line for another victory. Georgie Karakhanyan (24-4) is no slouch on his submission game either, as he has 14 submission finishes of his own. Karakhanyan was riding an eight fight winning streak before being finished by Rick Glenn back at WSOF10. After his lost to Glenn, Karakhanyan got back on the winning track with a submission victory at Bellator 132 over Bubba Jenkins. Karakhanyan knows what is in front of and he is ready for the challenge, the best way to get to Weichel is to wait for him to drop his hands and go in for the strike. When the opening occurs take the opportunity to slip in your submission and go for the finish. Both men are looking to climb the Featherweight ladder to try to get a title shot, and with two top submission experts look for a finish from either fighters.
Main Event Josh Thomson (21-8) Vs Pablo Villaseca (10-1)
In the main event Josh Thomson (21-8) joined Bellator just this year and already has made a splash, after no resigning with the UFC Josh went and signed with Bellator knowing that the Dynamite1 event was coming up and that it would take place in San Jose California. His debut went exactly as planned, a first round finish started out his Bellator MMA career on the right foot. Now fast forward to a few months later and Thomson has another challenge standing in his way as he gets set to take on Pablo Villaseca (10-1). Thomson key to victory is to stick to what got him here and that is the ability to hit a submission at any time, Thomson is deadly with his hands no doubt but as we saw at Dynamite you don’t want The Real Punk to be locked in a submission because before you know it the fight will be over. Pablo does only have one lost and that was by decision, so he has never been submitted or KO in any of his 11 professional fights. Pablo is up and coming as he has 4 submission victory’s to go along with his 3 TKO victory’s on his record, so there is no doubt he knows how to finish. In just his 2nd fight with Bellator Villaseca knows that he wants to rebound of his last lost and show that he is a true and upcoming star in the lightweight division. The key for Villaseca is to wait for openings if you watch any of Thomsons last fights he has a lot of decision lost and even a few KO’s as well, but the decision lost came with Thomson taking a lot of abuse from strikes early in the fight so that’s something to watch. Another key is that Thomson’s cardio is really good and even if he does take the damage early in the fight he knows how to go the distance. Both fighters are desperate for back to back victories to try to get a chance to fight for a title down the line.
It’s going to be one hell of a night at San Jose St University with this stacked card ready to roll. Scott Coker and all the matchmakers at Bellator MMA never let the fans down, and with this card being full of top talents that are looking to make a name for themselves, and event thought the main event and co main event are the headliners don’t be surprised when an undercard fight steals the show.
Rick San Bartolome
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