This Bellator card, like many of recently, is sneakily stacked from start to finish with top quality talent. The main card especially is bringing out the best bantamweight and featherweight prospects that the organization has on offer.
The main event features a fascinating Bellator Bantamweight Championship bout between Eduardo Dantas and Darrion Caldwell. Caldwell hasn’t competed in 2017 after he defeated Joe Taimanglo in a rematch to reclaim his earlier loss. It was a surprising defeat for Darrion Caldwell, who entered the fight as a huge betting favorite and was regarded as one of the best prospects over at Bellator. The win put him right back on track and clearly at the top of the line as he now is challenging Eduardo Dantas for the title.
Eduardo Dantas is an example of a super cool and composed champion; nothing fazes Dantas. He’s now on a four-fight win streak, and this will be the seventh time that he has been involved in a title fight with Bellator. His most recent outings have been difficult ones for him and both opponents, Joe Warren and Leandro Higo have pushed him to the very limits.
In the co-main event, Daniel Straus heads back into the cage after losing his Bellator featherweight title to Patricio Freire. It was a tough loss for Straus, who now will have to start the journey back to the championship all over again. It’s not an easy pathway, either, as it all begins with a hungry Emmanuel Sanchez who is ready to give it his all at Bellator 184.
Also on the main card is Bellator veteran Pat Curran, who hasn’t competed in close to 500 days. He’ll return, as well as many others on this main card, and hope to settle back into the rhythm of things relatively fast. He won’t get much of a chance to relax, though, because his opponent John “Macapa” Teixeira is a hungry fighter who brings incredible pace and ferocity with him from the opening seconds.
If that’s not enough, recent Bellator signing, Leandro Higo will be making his second appearance in the organization after losing to Eduardo Dantas in his inaugural performance for Bellator. Higo pushed Dantas to a split decision and now will be facing off with the also aforementioned Joe Taimanglo, the same fighter who upset Darrion Caldwell and shocked the world.
Predictions and Best Bets
Leandro Higo vs. Joe Taimanglo
When Leandro Higo crossed over to Bellator, most people thought that he would run through the division and claim Bellator’s Bantamweight Championship. Unfortunately for Higo, he had a nightmare start in the organization after failing to make weight in his championship bout against Eduardo Dantas. Instead, the fight would be a non-title fight and after losing a three round split decision, Higo is now going to need to work his way back to the top by defeating Joe Taimanglo.
Joe Taimanglo is no slouch, either. He recently picked up a career-changing victory against Darrion Caldwell, who is challenging for the title this weekend. After submitting Caldwell and shocking the world, he would eventually lose a rematch with Caldwell but only after pushing him to the very limits yet again.
Leandro Higo is one of the premier grapplers across mixed martial arts in any division. His excellent control, slick techniques and amazing ability to submit opponents from any position will be on display this weekend at Bellator 184. Whether or not Higo can submit Taimanglo is a fair question, because Taimanglo has an outstanding ‘never say die’ attitude.
The odds here are short, but not short enough to keep me from betting on Higo.
Bet: Leandro Higo
Bellator 184 Main Card
Friday, October 6, 2017
PPV – (9pm ET / 1am GMT)
- Eduardo Dantas (-111) vs. Darrion Caldwell (+100)
- Daniel Straus (-170) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez(+155)
- Pat Curran (-160) vs. John Teixeira (+155)
- Leandro Higo (-200) vs. Joe Taimanglo (+180)