As it stands right now, this is the official card for Bellator 170, which takes place January 21.
Spike Main Card
Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen
Paul Daley vs. Brennan Ward
Ralek Gracie vs. Hisaki Kato
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Emmanuel Sanchez
Derek Campos vs. Derek Anderson
Preliminary card (Spike.com)
Chinzo Machida vs. Jamar Ocampo
Jack May vs. Dave Cryer
Henry Corrales vs. Cody Bollinger
Kevin Casey vs. Keith Berry
Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. John Mercurio
Gabriel Green vs. Jalin Turner
Christian Gonzalez vs. Danial Rodriguez
Jacob Rosales vs. Ian Butler
Johnny Cisneros vs. Curtis Millender
Mike Segura vs. Tommy Aaron
Rob Gooch vs. James Barnes
Rebecca Ruth vs. Colleen Schneider
Tito/Chael and Ward/Daley do not need any introduction. If you’ve watched MMA, you know they will be good fights. All the press has been aimed at the main and co-main events and the rest of the card hasn’t been addressed as much.
Ralek Gracie vs. Hisaki Kato could be the co-main event. Ralek is doing everything he can to make right all the wrongs that surround his Jiu-Jitsu endeavor, Metamoris. Ralek has only 3 fights dating back to 2007. Gracie won each of the 3, but he hasn’t competed for quite some time. It remains to be seen if his hiatus is a factor. He last fought an aged Kazushi Sakuraba in 2010. Now he’s fighting an absolute buzzsaw, in Hisaki Kato. Kato flatlined Joe Schilling and smashed AJ Matthews. We can only assume Ralek will be looking to use his Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, because he does not want any part of Kato’s standup.
Georgi Karakhanyan may be the best featherweight in the world that mainstream fans have never heard of. Georgi could beat any featherweight on the planet on any given night. The guy is that good. Emmanuel Sanchez keeps fights close and his only career losses are by decision. Georgi is a finisher and Emmanuel is impossible to put away.
Derek Campos vs. Derek Anderson… There can be only one Derek. Both are riding a 2 fight win streak. MMA math says this could be a potential #1 contender fight for the 155 pound belt. At the very least, it’s a #1 contender bout for the #1 contender spot. Anderson and Campos both hit hard and push a fast pace. This should be a violent fight, if no one gets put to sleep first.
Some names on the undercard pop out at you. The first is Chinzo Machida. Yes, that Machida. Chinzo is the older brother of Lyoto Machida. He fights in the featherweight division and fought sporadically over the last decade. When Machida actually decides to fight, he has been pretty impressive. Chinzo will face the undefeated prospect, Jamar Ocampo.
Jack May signed with the UFC in 2014 as undefeated heavyweight prospect. May went on to lose all 3 of his UFC fights and was released. He is coming off of a decision win against Tony ‘Kryptonite’ Lopez and that is no easy feat. His opponent is longtime KOTC and Gladiator Challenge fighter, Dave Cryer.
26 pro fights at 25 years of age is crazy. That’s exactly where former TUF 18 contestant Cody Bollinger currently sits. I was watching Cody whipping grown men in the cage, 8 years ago on the Indian Reservations. Bollinger will meet Henry Corrales in the cage. Before his last3 fights, Corrales rattled off 12 straight wins. His losses were all in Bellator against 3 of the top featherweights, including current champion Daniel Straus. This fight should be a burner.
I didn’t even know Kevin Casey was out of the UFC. It turns out ‘King’ Kevin Casey is in Bellator and looking to get back to his winning ways. Casey is going to fight another familiar So Cal face, Keith Berry. Berry has had ups and downs in his career,
but he still has the hottest girlfriends but he is always a gamer. This fight could be the sleeper fight of Bellator 170.
Colleen Schneider fought for the Invicta Bantamweight Championship against Tonya Evinger and is making her Bellator debut. Her opponent will be 2 time Bellator veteran Rebecca Ruth. Schneider definitely has the tougher opponents on her resume. Ruth is no joke though.
As the card goes on, we see a bevy of fighters who have competed locally in Southern California. The bottom end of the preliminaries have the potential to be exciting. Any time local fighters get a shot on the big stage, they often try and make a big impression.
Bellator 170 takes place on January 21, 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood.