On a week where the UFC held two cards, Bellator decided to hold a card live from Florence, Italy and broadcast it live for this afternoon. The original headliner was a much-needed rematch of the Bellator Middleweight title bout between kickboxing star Melvin Manhoef and Rafael Carvalho. It was the only bout that was worth marketing on the card, so when it got scrapped recently, this card was barely marketed at all.
On paper, this card is far from great, the new main event pits a pair of former UFC fighters, but every other main card fight features at least one unknown fighter. I’ll give quick picks for the main card, so without further ado, here we go.
Main card (4/3c, Spike TV)
John Salter over Claudio Annichiarrico via submission, round 1.
Ed Ruth over Emanuele Palombi via decision.
Goiti Yamaguchi over Valeriu Mircea via submission, round 2.
Philipe Lins over Kleber Silva via tko, round 1.
Alessio Sakara over Joey Beltran via tko, round 2.