Thursday, December 9, 2021

Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 – Old School Flare, New School Punch

Tonight starts the second installment of Bellator Fighting Championships Dynamite series premieres live on Spike TV from St. Louis, Missouri. Combining the best of MMA and Kickboxing for an old school super show. The card is stocked with potential wars and one sided beatings alike. Cards like this can be intimidating if you don’t know what to look for. That’s where we step in.


The Diamond in the Rough: Justin Lawrence vs Isao Kobayashi

                Leading off the show, on multiple websites depending on your location, former UFC vet Justin Lawrence fights Japanese veteran Isao Kobayashi. Despite being the curtain jerker, these two have everything needed to steal the show. These two should cancel one another out in terms of wrestling and clinch game. When that happens, you are looking at a stand up war. This may not be getting a lot of attention but with 36 fights between the two, this is he surprise fight you will be reading about Saturday morning if you don’t make sure to watch it live.


The Career Changer: Matt Mitrione vs Carl Seumanutafa

                Regardless of what happens in this fight someone’s career is going change drastically. With an impressive win Matt Mitrione is going to receive a massive push. At 37 years old, now is the time for the former NFL player. On the other side you have a man in Carl Seumanutafa who is looking to make a name for himself. After derailing the hype train of prospect Javy Ayala last January, Seumanutafa is looking to show he is the real deal. Expect fireworks and expect them early in this Heavyweight battle for a future.


The Rematch for Title Recognition: Michael Chandler vs Patricky Freire

                With Will Brooks packing his bags and taking of for the UFC, the Bellator Lightweight title is wide open. Both men would like nothing more than to have that opportunity to fight for the vacated title. This rematch is going to be something special. Chandler and Patricky are both Bellator staples who are known for being tough as nails. On any other night this is a highly anticipated main event. Instead, we are going to see blood, sweat, tears, and an extreme amount of heart a little earlier. If there was one fight not to miss. This is it.


The Question Mark: Rampage Jackson vs Satoshi Ishii

                Rampage Jackson is on a 4 fight win streak, but after a legal battle the sidelined him for over a year, does anyone have any idea what to expect? Ishii is a former gold medalist who has lost 3 of his last 5, all by TKO/KO, poses many threats to Rampage. The biggest being tossing him to the ground and keeping him there. This is another roll of the dice by Bellator. This could very easily be a 5 round snoozer or a 1st round flash KO. Either way, this PRIDE esq. main event is must watch.


Bellator MMA is continuing to be exactly what the MMA world needs right now. Something different. Some people are confused by match making, while others are enthralled. Either way, the atmosphere is sure to be something special tonight in St. Louis. If Bellator is better than the UFC at anything, it’s keeping a secret. If the fights aren’t enough, be sure to tune in to see what tricks Bellator has up its sleeve.

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