Jon Litterine returns to break down the rare Sunday afternoon card that takes place across the pond in Liverpool.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCann and Robertson will still square off in the preliminary bout, but similar to the main event, McCann will be subject to a weight restriction upon entering the arena (per freelance MMA journalist Simon Head). As of Saturday morning, McCann -- a Liverpool native -- is approximately a (-170) betting favorite for the flyweight matchup. The debuting fighter is riding a six-fight winning streak, with her last three victories coming under the Cage Warriors banner.
Fantasy AnalysisThompson negotiated a deal that forces Till to surrender 30 percent of his fight purse, and makes him unable to weigh more than 188 pounds when arriving at the arena tomorrow. If he misses that mark, the terms would need to be negotiated once again. It's a bit of a unique move, but very strategic on the part of Thompson's team, as it will prevent Till from entering the octagon too advantageously heavy. Furthermore, it may require Till to cut a bit of weight tomorrow morning, which wouldn't be ideal for a fighter about to compete at the highest level. As of Saturday morning (in the U.S.), Thompson has moved from a slight underdog to a betting favorite of roughly (-125), though the matchup remains a pick'em in many sportsbooks.
Fantasy AnalysisTill must forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Thompson, as well as any post-fight bonuses that he may earn. Furthermore, Thompson's team wanted to prevent Till from entering advantageously heavy on fight night, so he will weigh in tomorrow and cannot exceed 188 pounds. Should he miss that mark, the terms of the fight would need to be renegotiated. The unique development seems to have moved the betting odds back in favor of Thompson -- who now sits as a slight favorite of (-125) -- though it's still close to a pick'em in most sportsbooks. Till has only missed weight in one prior occasion, and blamed this particular instance on a family emergency, so it's unlikely he'll be forced to move up in weight any time soon. It remains to be seen how the multiple distractions will affect him on fight night.
Fantasy AnalysisCarvalho was never really expected to become the Bellator middleweight champion. He was an underdog in his first three fights with the promotion, but he won all three and in the process claimed the title. However, his run of success came to an end here against Mousasi. He struggled to get any of his offense going. Mousasi eventually closed the distance, cut through his guard and finished him with strikes. Carvalho has proved that he is a quality middleweight, but Mousasi was by far the best fighter he had faced. It showed tonight.
Fantasy AnalysisWhen Mousasi left the UFC and signed with Bellator, many expected him to easily breeze through the Bellator middleweight division and take the title. Things got off to a rough start against former champion Alexander Shlemenko. However, Mousasi survived that fight and pulled out the decision. In this fight, he had a lot less trouble. About three minutes into the first round, Mousasi methodically score a takedown, moved to the mount and then turned on the punches for the stoppage. It was a vintage performance for the veteran, and he should take on a variety of challengers now.
Fantasy AnalysisRickels is normally game for a brawl, but Page turned out to be too slick for him. Rickels tried to walk his opponent down for the majority of this fight but it only got him into trouble. In the second round, Page caught him with a hard straight. It cut Rickels above the eye, and he asked the referee to stop the fight. Bellator always seems to have a need for Rickels. He will most likely win more than he loses, but at this point he is mostly a gatekeeper to the stars.
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