Mazzotta Bellator 186

Mazzotta Bellator 186 – Future stars appear all the time in the prelims. The under card for Bellator 186 will be no different.  On MMA FanCast, we’ve talked about this several times. First, don’t ever underestimate a fight card from top to bottom.  And second, don’t discard the preliminary bouts and tune in only when the main card starts.   State College, PA and Bryce Jordan Center is the location for Bellator 186, which will happen on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. The main card has 5 fights scheduled, with 2 of the bouts  having titles on the line.  The preliminary card has 9 bouts scheduled, including Dom Mazzotta Bellator 186

Dominic Mazzotta vs. Matt Lozano : Mazzotta Bellator 186

Dominic “The Honey badger” Mazzotta is 12-2 and is making his 2nd appearance for the Bellator promotion. He would be what you might call a submission specialist. 9 of his 12 W’s have been by submission with a mix in type. Guillotine, rear-naked choke and armbars have stopped 9, but if you include his amateur record, where he was 4-0, that number climbs to 12.  Matt “SMG” Lozano is making his Bellator debut and sports an 8-5 record, with his last 2 fights ending in losses. That makes most mma fighters dangerous. Nobody wants a 3-fight losing streak. 3 decision victories, 4 by submission and 1 by TKO for Lozano. Mazzotta has quickness, is strong in wrestling and has a black belt in BJJ. SMG is not an easy sub, having only succumbed one time tapping. This one might go the distance, but it’s more likely a submission.  You know who plays that game well.

Brett “Young Blood” Martinez vs. “Iron City” Mike Wilkins : Mazzotta Bellator 186

If you want to watch 2 hungry fighters looking to prove themselves and grab a contract from the world’s #2 mma promotion, stop here and watch this one. Brett Martinez is 6-4 overall. He’s got 3 submission wins and 2 KO/TKO wins. All but one of his fights have ended by submission or knockout. He has lost his last 3 mma bouts, but the last one was in 2015.  Outside of the cage, though, he’s been active in bjj competition.  This is his return to the cage and to Bellator, where he fought once for the promotion in 2012.  Mike Wilkins is in a similar position. At 7-5, having lost his last 2 bouts, Wilkins is looking to end that skid as well. He’s a solid wrestler and a brown belt in bjj, who also competes outside of the cage in bjj events. Including amateurs, he’s got 7 submission wins and 3 KO victories. We don’t like repeating ….. but it’s worth repeating.  Nobody wants a 3-fight losing streak. Just ask Martinez. And don’t let it go the judges. You know who’d be at fault. With that said, our pick is that we don’t think the judges will be involved in this one. Iron clad, actually

Ethan “The Wolverine” Goss vs. Andrew Salas : Mazzotta Bellator 186

Andrew Salas is 3-1 as a pro fighter and has won his last 2 fights. His most recent victory was a submission choke, the 1st of his career including amateurs. He joins a number of fighters on this card who are making their Bellator debut. Ethan Goss comes into his Bellator debut with a record of 4-3. He has won 3 of his last 4 fights, 2 being by submission and KO.  Tapology  lists him as the 103rd of 192 active US Northeast Pro Featherweights. In Pennsylvania, it’s 36th ranked out of 63. Both of those rankings put him in the middle of the pack. The Wolverine completely disagrees and says he’s ready to prove it. Watch the video below to find out.  As for the outcome,we think you’ll get a kick out of it.


Francis Healy vs. Frank Buenafuente : Mazzotta Bellator 186

Francis “Mad Dog” Healy enters the Bellator cage for the first time, with a 7-4  record.  He has won 3 of his last 4 fights, including 2 submission victories during that span. Frank “The Mantis” Buenafuente sports the same record at 7-4, but he’s coming in on a 2-fight skid after reeling off 5 wins in a row. Mad Dog has 5 submission wins of his 7 total.  There’s plenty of experience in each corner and both fighters want and need to make a lasting impression on Scott Coker.  Bellator 186 could likely be the jump start that one of these careers needs.  Look for a lot of action and risk in this fight.  The judges will be paying close attention to this one and will probably render a decision. Unfortunately.  But there will be time for Healyng .

Logan Storley vs. Matt Secor : Mazzotta Bellator 186

No need to remain seated for this one. We mentioned iron clad before. This one will be lights out. Logan Storley comes into his 2nd Bellator contest at 6-0.  All of his professional mma fights have ended in a knockout or TKO.   He wrestled at the University of Minnesota (2011-15) where he compiled a career record of 119-27 ….. so he’s faced plenty of adversity.  Matt Secor enters the cage for the 5th time with Bellator, where he is 2-2, with an overall record of 9-4.  All but one of his professional victories have come by way of submission. If you go back to amateurs, you can add 4 more to that number.  He’s a bjj fighter.  We’d call him a submission specialist.  Storley is a KO specialist.  Something’s gotta give here.  I think the judges will be a non-factor for this one too.  I’ve heard it said before that “Precision beats power and timing beats speed.”  Let’s hope Secor has heard that before, because I think a “streak” will continue.

Mike Otwell vs. Michael Trizano : Mazzotta Bellator 186

Mike Otwell is 4-1 and making his Bellator debut.  He has two submissions wins and one by TKO.  His opponent, Michael Trizano has a perfect record in professional mma at 5-0.  His amateur record is unblemished, as well, at 6-0 with 4 of those victories by submission.  He added 1 to the overall total on his pro record and has 2 KO/TKO victories

Mike Putnam vs. Scott Clymer : Mazzotta Bellator 186

Mike Putnam is 1-1  in his professional mma career.  His last fight, though was in June of 2014.  His opponent, Scott Clymer is making his professional mma debut. A bjj background, Clymer has 3 amateur bouts, winning all 3, 2 by unanimous decision and  his 1st amateur win coming by way of choke.  A decision by the judges is likely here, but that shouldn’t stop anyone while clymbing their way to the top.

Ty-wan Claxton vs. Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman : Mazzotta Bellator 186

Ty-wan Claxton is making his professional debut and just recently signed on with The Blackzillians.  His amateur career record was a perfect 7-0 and left the amateur ranks as the XFN Featherweight Champion.  Claxton has 3 KO/TKO’s during amateurs with 2 of them coming in his last 2 bouts. He wrestled at Ohio University and ended up with a career record of 55-16.  Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman will enter the Bellator cage for the first time and has a 1-0 professional mma record.  His background is primary wrestling, having donned the singlet for Hofstra University (2007-09) and finished his collegiate career with a record of 62-28.  Wrestler vs. wrestler.  We’ve seen this before.  Grab some popcorn if you want.

Josh Fremd vs. Ryan Parker : Mazzotta Bellator 186

Josh Fremd will be making his Bellator debut and comes in with a lone professional mma bout to his name and he is 1-0.  This fight ended with a knockout  He does have a lengthy amateur record of 8-2 with 3 KO/TKO’s as well as 3 submissions out of his last 4 amateur contests.  Ryan Parker is making his professional mma debut and hopes to showcase for the Bellator promotion.  As an amateur, he compiled a record of 13-3 with 7 of his wins as a result of a KO.  Two big guys who like to scrap.  We can’t think of a better way to start the evening.

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