This week the Bellator Fighting Championships will get their 2011 Featherweight tournament underway with eight fighters vying to earn a title fight with Bellator Featherweight champion Joe Warren later in the year. The undercard will feature four local talent fights from the Oklahoma area.
Georgi Karakhanyan (14-2-1) will take on Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (14-1) in a fight that is as closely matched as you’ll find. Both of these fighters have already been beaten by the current champ, and the winner of this one will be the fighter who will want it the most. Both are young dominant fighters and should put on a great show for the fans. It’s such a toss-up that we think the fighter that’s listed as the underdog would be the best choice.
Wilson Reis (11-2) and Zac George (20-3) will likely be a battle of submission attempts with Reis coming out as the victor. George would be wise to try and win with striking, but this fight will eventually end on the ground where Reis will hold a big edge. If the price isn’t too steep when the odds are posted, look for Reis to win his seventh fight in a row, likely by submission. A George upset bet should be worth at least +200 to warrant the risk against Reis.
The Kenny Foster (8-2) vs. Eric Larkin (3-0) fight has one big factor to consider. Although Larkin has been impressive in three professional fights he is still inexperienced, while Foster is a well-rounded fighter with 10 fights to his credit. It looks like Larkin may be in this tournament a little prematurely and will not be ready for the step up in completion against the top fighters in the division. Foster should be a heavy favorite, but if the price is below -250 it will be a great deal.
The safest money on the Bellator 37 card, if it’s not too expensive, will likely be in the Daniel Straus (14-3) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (19-0) matchup. Malegarie will be in complete control once this fight gets to the ground and should easily tap out his mediocre opponent.