SILVA Predictions for Bellator 71
June 20, 2012
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I’m starting to realize that beginning the implementation of SILVA 2.0 on a week with a Bellator event, a Fedor fight, and not one, but TWO UFC events was a colossal mistake. Lots of work to be done, but oh well, this is what I signed up for.
And yes, Bellator is back after a brief hiatus for its summer series, and will be holding the quarterfinals of its new light-heavyweight tournament. The winner of the tournament will receive a title shot against current Bellator light-heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu. If the tournament winner happens to be Travis Wiuff (and SILVA believes this to be the case), Wiuff will have to beat M’Pumbu for the title, despite already beating M’Pumbu in a non-title fight at Bellator 55 last October.
Here’s how SILVA sees the fights on Friday going down:
All four fighters favored by SILVA – Emanuel Newton, Richard Hale, Travis Wiuff, and Attila Vegh – are favored by a wide margin. Three of their opponents – Roy Boughton, Beau Tribolet, and Zelg Galesic – have very thin resumes, especially Boughton, whose only quality win was against Murilo “Ninja” Rua. I would be surprised if more than one of SILVA’s favorites ends up losing.
Brett Rogers is also making his return on this fight card, but since it’s not scheduled to air on television, I won’t be doing a SILVA prediction for it. What I can tell you is that Rogers’s opponent, Kevin Asplund, may be 15-1, but he built that record from fighting a bunch of cans. I anticipate a Rogers victory on Friday.