For the kickoff to the summer-series-whatever-Bellator-time-between-full-fledged-tournaments, we have Michael Chandler defending his strap against Dave Jansen.
How each guy wins and loses: Chandler has never lost and has finished 15 of his 17 opponents.
Jansen slightly more overall wins, but 2 losses by decision, and less stoppages in his winning efforts.
"Wins 11 4 KO/TKO (36%) 5 SUBMISSIONS (45%) 2 DECISIONS (18%)
Losses 0 0 KO/TKO (0%) 0 SUBMISSIONS (0%) 0 DECISIONS (0%)
Wins 19 1 KO/TKO (5%) 10 SUBMISSIONS (53%) 8 DECISIONS (42%)Losses 2 0 KO/TKO (0%) 0 SUBMISSIONS (0%) 2 DECISIONS (100%"
---Jansen strikes me as a more patient fighter with more technical skills in footwork, movement, range and counter-punching, whereas Chandler has what I'd guess is the edge in power and overall physicality AKA "Beast Mode". Jansen has likely not fought guys with the strength of Chandler in the clinch and takedown department but Chandler has become enamored with the KO as of late and Chandler's finishing of Eddie Alvarez was largely spent on the feet, however, against Rick Hawn more recently, Chandler quickly put the Olympic Judoka on his back with an expertly timed single leg if I recall correctly.
I'm not overly impressed with Chandler as a fighter and his submission of Rick Hawn while impressive was not the textbook smooth, efficient Jiu-Jitsu you'd expect but rather the overpowering aggression capitalization of an opponent who gave up his back (and surprisingly appeared MUCH smaller than Chandler).
I have to go with Chandler in this one as Jansen's wrestling has won him rounds and decisions in previous bouts but I doubt he'll be able to use that as the deciding factor here against the more powerful and wrestler-build Chandler.
War Machine will beat some guy you've never heard of.
King Mo will put Petruzelli on his back since he's coming off of a loss and should realize his low shoulder Money Mayweather boxing skills aren't first rate.
"MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 7 p.m. ET)
- Michael Chandler vs. Dave Jansen - for lightweight title
- Muhammed Lawal vs. Seth Petruzelli - light-heavyweight tournament opening round
- Jacob Noe vs. Renato Sobral - light-heavyweight tournament opening round
- Blas Avena vs. War Machine
- Raphael Butler vs. Karl Etherington
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Joe Yager
- Mikey Brown vs. Brandon Halsey
- Steven Artoff vs. Justin McNally
- Damon Jackson vs. Keith Miner
- Mike Maldonado vs. Jason Sampson
- Brandon Girtz vs. Treston Thomison
- Keith Berry vs. Cortez Coleman"
Here's Chandler finishing the veteran and perennial "best not in the UFC MMA Fighter in the lower weight classes" Eddie Alvarez:
Dave Jansen is no slouch either: