By Benjamin Bieker
Marcus Davis vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy
Former UFC fighter and professional boxer Marcus Davis is going to take one last shot at a title after nearly retiring. He made his debut in Bellator in what ended up in a No Contest after supposedly catching his opponent with a groin strike. For Sarnavskiy, he was undefeated up until he lost a split decision in the season seven tournament to Rich Clementi. This fight could come down to the ground game, because despite being known for his hands Davis has more submissions on the ground. That is where Sarnavskiy is best as well, but Davis may play it safe and pick his shots standing.
John Alessio vs. Will Brooks
Will Brooks was supposed to be the next big thing in MMA, and it still may be true but a knockout loss to Saad Awad in 43 seconds set him back. He now has a second chance to prove himself and this time it comes against a UFC veteran. Alessio has had a few stints in the Octagon, but they never seem to work out. He dropped to lightweight in 2011, and so far he has gone 2-2-0-1, which is not that great. Alessio is one of the better fighters to never hold a title whether it be WEC, UFC, or Dream which he has all fought for. He will need to prove himself against Brooks in what could be his last chance at MMA glory.
Saad Awad vs. Martin Stapleton
Awad had an improbable run through the lightweight tournament last season when he went from alternate bout to tournament final. He nearly won the final, but he did not get up fast enough after the second round bell and the fight was called off. Now, he gets a chance to work his way back to the final with his first bout coming from an opponent across the pond. Stapleton has only ever lost one fight which came by submission, but Awad is a finisher at heart with only two decision finishes in nearly twenty career bouts. Hopefully by now people have learned to never blink when Awad fights.
Rich Clementi vs. Rob Sinclair
Clementi was supposed to be in retirement, but the chance to fight for a title always can bring a fighter back out and back into the cage. This will be a classic striker versus grappler bout in this fight with Sinclair owning 75% of his wins by knockout, and Clementi owning over have of his nearly 50 wins by submission. This fight will come down to who can last the longest since neither are used to be finished too much, but that is what makes fights in MMA is styles and this one is a clash at the heart of styles.
What are your thoughts?