5 Reasons to Watch Bellator 147

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Pursuit of the same prize has placed Georgi Karakhanyan and Daniel Weichel on a path to inescapable confrontation.

In what has the hallmarks of a potential title eliminator at 145 pounds, Karakhanyan will meet Weichel in the Bellator 147 co-headliner on Friday at the San Jose State University Event Center in San Jose, Calif. The winner could emerge as the No. 1 contender for the Bellator MMA featherweight championship that currently rests upon the shoulder of Daniel Straus.

Karakhanyan has won 10 of his last 11 fights and last appeared at Bellator 132 in January, when he choked Bubba Jenkinsunconscious with a first-round guillotine. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, the 30-year-old Millennia MMA representative has already held titles inside the World Series of Fighting and Tachi Palace Fightsorganizations. Karakhanyan has delivered more than half (14) of his 24 professional wins by submission.

Weichel, meanwhile, has compiled a 7-1 record across his past eight appearances and last competed at Bellator 138 on June 19, when he was on the receiving end of a knockout loss to then-championPatricio Freire. The former M-1 Global titleholder has not suffered consecutive defeats since he lost back-to-back bouts to Dan Hardyand Peter Irving in 2008. Weichel sports 21 submissions among his 35 career victories, 10 of them via rear-naked choke. Wins over Pat Curran, Desmond Green, Magomedrasul Khasbulaev and Dennis Siver anchor his resume.

The Karakhanyan-Weichel showdown is but one reason to catch Bellator 147. Here are four more: Phone Post 3.0

Punk Rock


Josh Thomson believes he has at least one more championship run left in him.

The former Strikeforce titleholder will make his second appearance inside the Bellator cage opposite the once-beaten Pablo Villaseca in the main event. Thomson submitted Mike Bronzoulis with a third-round arm-triangle choke in his Bellator 142 promotional debut on Sept. 19, as he rebounded from three straight decision losses to Benson Henderson, Bobby Greenand Tony Ferguson in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The 37-year-old American Kickboxing Academy mainstay remains one of the toughest outs in MMA, as he has not been finished since being victimized by Yves Edwards’ running head kick more than a decade ago.

Villaseca, 28, has spent the majority of his career on the local circuit. A split decision loss to Bobby Cooper at Bellator 139 in June remains the only blemish on his ledger. Phone Post 3.0

Familiar Foes


Derek Anderson was an undefeated but unproven prospect the last time he saw Patricky Freire. The stakes seem even higher for their rematch.

Anderson finds himself dealing with adversity for the first time in his career, having lost twice in three outings. The 25-year-old Team Xplode MMA export last fought at Bellator 141 on Aug. 28, when he wound up on the wrong side of a split decision against Brett Primus. An offensive-minded lightweight, Anderson has six first-round finishes to his credit, including 26-, 48- and 66-seconds wipeouts.

Freire has won four of his five fights since his unanimous decision loss to Anderson in September 2013. A two-time Bellator tournament finalist, “Pitbull” took a three-round verdict from former Gladiator Challenge champion Saad Awadthree months ago. Freire has made frequent appearances on Bellator highlight reels, from a flying knee knockout on Toby Imada to a blistering stoppage of David Rickels. Phone Post 3.0

Gone Prospecting

Mario Soto has graduated from MMA’s regional scene.

The Team Alpha Male prospect won his first five fights, all by submission, before a decision loss to Sinjen Smith at a West Coast Fighting Championship event interrupted his momentum. The pause was brief, and Soto found his way back to the winner’s circle at Tachi Palace Fights 21 a little more than a year ago, as he disposed of Dominic Clark with second-round punches. The 28-year-old has not fought since and will enter his Bellator debut against Adam Piccolotti on the heels of a lengthy layoff.

The unbeaten Piccolotti, 27, has recorded back-to-back wins since arriving in Bellator in February. He submitted Salvador Becerra with a second-round neck crank at Bellator 142 on Sept. 19. Piccolotti holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and trains out of Raul Castillo Martial Arts in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Phone Post 3.0

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood


Brian Rogers was trending upward in 2011, when he entered his Bellator Season 5 middleweight tournament semifinal with Alexander Shlemenko on the back of seven consecutive first-round finishes. However, he succumbed to second-round knees from the Russian spin master, the setback sending him into a downward spiral from which he has yet to recover.

A loser in four of his past five bouts, Rogers will next try his hand at 205 pounds, as he takes on Virgil Zwicker as part of the main card. A Team Quest export, the 33-year-old Zwicker owns a 3-1-1 mark in Bellator and has fought previously in Strikeforce and KSW. He made his presence felt at Bellator 137 in May, when he cut down Razak Al-Hassan with first-round punches. Phone Post 3.0

I also choose to believe they'll finally announce who Fedor is facing at Rizin. This is Bellator's last event before the NYE show, so it's their last chance to announce that fight to as many viewers as possible. 4 weeks away- if they don't have some Fedor related announcement tomorrow night, then that's a good indicator that the opponent will be underwhelming and not worth wasting TV time announcing. Phone Post 3.0

December 4, 2015
San Jose State University Event Center
San Jose, California
MAIN CARD
Spike, 9 p.m. ET
Josh Thomson vs. Pablo Villaseca
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Weichel
Derek Anderson vs. Patricky Freire
Brian Rogers vs. Virgil Zwicker
Adam Piccolotti vs. Mario Soto
PRELIMINARY CARD
MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET
John Donaldson vs. A.J. McKee
Mauricio Alonso vs. James Terry
Thomas Diagne vs. Erick Sanchez
J.J. Okanovich vs. Frank Sanchez
Alvin Cacdac vs. Jeremiah Labiano
Bronson Mohika vs. Jose Perez
Adin Duenas vs. Anthony Taylor
Anthony Do vs. Dustin Moore Phone Post 3.0

Good card for the future of Bellator Phone Post 3.0

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SensoriaUtopia - OP VTFU, nice reminder
No problem.

Also- Patricky Pitbull vs Derek Anderson is a rematch. Pitbull lost their first fight- hope that has him fired up. Phone Post 3.0

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Possibility of watching it anywhere but the US. Zero. Phone Post 3.0

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I hadn't realized Rogers was moving up to LHW. I hope that work outs for him. I'm excited for Georgi/Weichel and Patricky/Anderson II.

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I hadn't realized Rogers was moving up to LHW. I hope that work outs for him. I'm excited for Georgi/Weichel and Patricky/Anderson II.

Should be way better for Brog. He used to cut WAY too much weight Phone Post 3.0

I like rogers and hate to see him lose but I gotta root for zwicker he's turning in to one of my faves dude always brings it..plus he's my friend on FB Virgil FTW

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I hadn't realized Rogers was moving up to LHW. I hope that work outs for him. I'm excited for Georgi/Weichel and Patricky/Anderson II.

Should be way better for Brog. He used to cut WAY too much weight Phone Post 3.0
If he doesn't already, he needs to start going by 'BROG'. Say that a few times.

It's like 'Conan the Barbarian' or 'Khan'. Phone Post 3.0

Kimbo Kardashian - I like rogers and hate to see him lose but I gotta root for zwicker he's turning in to one of my faves dude always brings it..plus he's my friend on FB Virgil FTW
It's gonna be a great fight. Phone Post 3.0

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