Paul Daley takes on Rory MacDonald in the feature bout at Bellator 179 on Friday in London, England. The main card has five fights which will be shown on Spike TV, but on tape delay, while the preliminary card has nine bouts and will be shown on Spike.com. Let’s look at Bellator 179 with a focus on Daley vs. MacDonald and Bellator predictions.
Bellator 179 takes place on Friday, May 19th at the SSE Arena in London, England. The five-fight main card will air on Spike TV on tape delay at 9 pm Eastern.
Daley vs. MacDonald
This will be the Bellator debut for MacDonald who was last seen in the UFC. He is 18-4 in his career but he comes into this one on a two-fight losing streak. Daley is 39-14-2 and he is 4-1 in Bellator.
MacDonald is coming off a loss at UFC Fight Night 89 to Stephen Thompson. MacDonald normally finishes his opponents with 13 of his 18 career wins coming by finish. He has beaten some high profile opponents including Nate Diaz and Tyron Woodley.
Daley has finished 29 of his 39 wins by KO or TKO. He has beaten some good opponents, although he hasn’t fought the level of competition that MacDonald has. Daley is coming off a win against Brennan Ward with his only loss in Bellator a defeat to current welterweight champion Douglas Lima.
MacDonald told The Telegraph that is he excited to be headlining the Bellator card in London. “I’m really happy. I’m feeling blessed and very prepare for this fight. I’m ready to go and smash this guy. It’s a big honor. Who would’ve known when I was 14 or 15 years old starting martial arts that I’d be headlining a card in London? It feels really good to be out there. I’m really excited to put on a show for the London fans.”
MacDonald thinks Daley is overmatched in this fight. “I think he’ll come in and be an intense fighter and he’s going to do his best but I think he’s overmatched against me.”
I agree with MacDonald, as Daley hasn’t fought nearly the level of competition that MacDonald has. I look for MacDonald to get the win.
Also on the main card it is Liam McGeary taking on Linton Vassell in the co-main event. McGeary wants another title shot against Phil Davis but he needs to get past Vassell in this one. Vassell has gone 6-2 in Bellator including wins over Francis Carmont and Emanuel Newton.
The other three fights on the main card have Cheick Kongo vs. Augusto Sakai, Dan Edwards vs. Alex Lohore and Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. DJ Griffin.
The preliminary bouts on Spike.com are Alfie Davis vs. Jay Dods, Stav Economou vs. Dan Konecke, Jamie Powell vs. Amir Albazi, Umer Kayani vs. Nathan Jones, Rafal Cejrowski vs. Fabian Edwards, Jeremy Petley vs. Chase Morton, Neil Grove vs. Lukasz Parobiec, Mike Shipman vs. Marcin Prostko and Salih Kulucan vs. Diego Barbosa.
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