Well the moment has finally come upon us as the sixth season of the Bellator Fighting Championships is coming to a close on Friday Night. This season will close with both a Bellator Heavyweight Title fight and a lightweight tournament finals fight. However, before all that action can begin, there is a preliminary card that we must look at first and it features a competitor with a history in professional wrestling.
Kicking off the action is a middleweight division fight as Jeremiah “Mississippi” Riggs (7-6-0) is in action against Kelvin Tiller (3-1-0). Jeremiah Riggs competed on the most recent season of WWE Tough Enough and is currently winless in Bellator competition. Kelvin Tiller is currently undefeated in Bellator competition, having defeated Dan Spohn at Bellator 56. This fight is easily the biggest test of Kelvin Tiller’s career and it will be a test that the fighter passes as he defeats the WWE alumni.
Featherweight fighters will step into the cage next as Derek Arcement (0-2-0) competes against Blake “Du4” Dufour (2-1-0). Derek Arcement is currently winless in Bellator competition and this will be the first time he competes outside of the Prestige Fights promotion. Blake Dufour has also competed in the Prestige Fights promotion, where he has won two of three fights. This fight almost looks like it was set up for a Blake Dufour victory, which is exactly what is going to happen here.
We move to the lightweight division for the next fight as Kyle Bradley (16-9-0) stands across the cage from John Harris (4-4-0). Kyle Bradley is a UFC veteran who fought four times in the promotion, most notably defeating Phillipe Nover at UFC 98. John Harris is currently undefeated in Bellator competition, having defeated Kyle Miers at Bellator 31 in September 2010. There is way too much of an experience advantage for Kyle Bradley to do anything other than win this fight.
Light heavyweights will be highlighted next as Jonas Billstein (9-2-0) battles Mike “Crazy Boy” Seal (13-14-0). Jonas Billstein enters the fight riding a two fight losing streak, plus he has mainly competed in the Outsider Cup promotion. Mike Seal has not competed in a professional MMA fight since December 2010, which was a loss to Kazou Misaki. While it would not be shocking to see Mike Seal win, this looks like a Jonas Billstein victory when it’s all said and done.
Up next is a welterweight division fight as AJ Matthews (5-1-0) takes on Charlie “Superstar” Rader (16-5-0). AJ Matthews is currently undefeated in Bellator competition, having defeated Rudy Bears by decision at Bellator 53. Charlie Rader is also undefeated in Bellator competition, but he is coming off of a loss to UFC veteran Corey Hill at Xtreme Fighting Championships 15. This fight has the potential to be the show stealer of the preliminary card ad it will be Charlie Rader getting the victory.
Headlining this portion of the card is a welterweight division fight as Keith Schneider (6-6-0) faces Josh Shockley (9-1-0). Keith Schneider has rotated wins and losses in his last six MMA fights, he last fight was a victory over Jason Goodin at Resistance MMA 22. Josh Shockley has won two of three in Bellator competition, last defeating Shamar Bailey at Bellator 60. This fight is an excellent way to cap off the preliminary card and it will be Josh Shockley getting the win.
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