Despite fighters dropping out of Bellator 185 like flies, the event is still likely to be fantastic. At the moment, it almost resembles the style of a boxing event, with one big fight and an underwhelming ‘undercard’.
Bellator 185 is headlined by an exciting matchup between Gegard Mousasi and Alexander Shlemenko. Mousasi, who is one of the best middleweight fighters in the world, only recently left the UFC to join Bellator. It was a fascinating move from the veteran who is currently on a five-fight winning streak. Mousasi will meet Shlemenko who is undefeated in his last seven fights. Mousasi and Shlemenko have combined for a total of 115 fights in their professional careers – which is truly unbelievable.
The matchup is bound to be extremely fascinating. Mousasi is coming off huge performances against Chris Weidman, Uriah Hall, Vitor Belfort, Thiago Santos and Thales Leites. He’s also knocked out his opponent in his last four fights. While Shlemenko’s competition hasn’t been as fierce, he’s definitely still one of the very best middleweights in the world. In fact, standing up with Shlemenko seems to be a recipe for disaster and it will be interesting to see how Mousasi approaches this fight with the Russian.
Also on the main card is Neiman Gracie vs. Zak Bucia, which has now been bumped to the co-main event. 28-year-old Neiman Gracie is undefeated through six fights and has five submission victories to his name. The 18-8 Zak Bucia will be making his Bellator debut at Bellator 185 after managing a three-fight win streak at Shamrock FC.
One of the most exciting prospects in mixed martial arts will also feature on the card when boxing star Heather Hardy returns to the Bellator cage for the second time. Heather Hardy made her MMA debut at Bellator NYC in July and was involved in one of the best fights of 2017 against Alice Yauger. Hardy will face Kristina Williams at Bellator 185.
Predictions and Best Bets
Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
Everyone is expecting Gegard Mousasi to walk in the door at Bellator and storm through the competition. Well, before he even gets to the champion, he needs to get through Alexander Shlemenko. Shlemenko is an unbelievably tough, durable and intelligent striker who packs vicious and fight-stopping power.
Gegard is the more technically sound of the two and he deserves to be the betting favorite. But, the gap between these two fighters isn’t as large as the bookmakers are suggesting.
For this reason, we’ll take the value play on Shlemenko and hope that he can upset Gegard Mousasi.
Bet: Alexander Shlemenko to win
Bellator 185 card
Bellator 185 begins on Spike.com from 7:00pm ET on Friday, October 20
Spike TV (9:00pm ET / 1:00am GMT)
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
- Neiman Gracie vs. Zak Bucia
- Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
- Ana Julaton vs. Lisa Blaine
- Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus Surin
Fight Pass Prelims
Spike.com (7:00pm ET / 11:00pm GMT)
- Vinicius DeJesus vs. Joaquin Buckley
- Steve Skrzat vs. Costelle Van Steenis
- Jordan Young vs. Alec Hooben
- Kevin Carrier vs. Kastroit Xhema
- Vovka Clay vs. Frank Sforza
- John Beneduce vs. Dean Hancock