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The Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix will continue to move together with the last quarterfinal bout to be reserved, and I will give my thoughts on this brand new matchup in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch, Bellator
Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will put his belt on the line from the quarterfinals of this Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix when he takes on Jon Fitch at a yet-to-be-named event set for April 27 at San Jose, California. Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com broke the information. This is the fourth and final quarterfinal bout at the tournament. Douglas Lima conquer Andrey Koreshkov in their trilogy fight and Nieman Gracie upset Ed Ruth in another quartefinal matchups completed thus far, with all the Michael Page vs. Paul Daley fight set to take place in February. The winner of MacDonald vs. Fitch will take on Gracie on the side of the bracket’s semifinals, while Lima will fight the winer of Page vs. Daley.
MacDonald (20-5) is 2-1 so far in Bellator. In his first two Bellator fights, he seemed like one of the best fighters on the planet as he filed Daley and then beat Lima more than five rounds to win the welterweight title. Then he moved up in weight in his last bout when he took on Gegard Mousasi in his bid to become a rare Bellator double winner. But MacDonald got defeated in that fight, losing through second-round TKO. MacDonald will have had six months between the Mousasi and Fitch fights, therefore that he ought to be good to go health-wise. However, the fact that he took so much harm against Mousasi is worrisome. Then again, MacDonald was battling a weight class for the first time. In welterweight, he is clearly one of the best in the world, and he owns a dominant win over present UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Fitch (31-7-1) has quietly made a run at the dusk of his career. Currently 40, Fitch is riding a five-fight win streak at the moment which includes a dominant win over Daley in his Bellator debut. As well, Fitch holds notable wins over Jake Shields and Yushin Okami during his latest win series, and he was the PFL welterweight champion before signing with Bellator. Since getting cut from the UFC in 2013, Fitch has gone 7-2 in WSOF, PFL and Bellator. He’s no longer among the sport’s elite welterweights like he had been a decade ago, but he still has a solid wrestling foundation that can get him his hand raised.
Having said that, this really is MacDonald’s fight to lose. He must possess the takedown defense to keep the battle on the feet, and in the standup there’s no wonder MacDonald is the superior fighter. Fitch has not won a fight by knockout since 2006, so he seems to have no path to success in this bout if he can not get it into the ground. Despite the loss to Mousasi, I’d still peg MacDonald around a -500 preferred to defend his belt against Fitch and proceed on into the next round of the championship.
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