Bellator 39: Saunders, Alvarez Roll to Victory

Bellator 39 is in the books and according to HeavyMMA.com, lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and UFC veteran Ben Saunders came out the biggest winners.

Bellator 39 is in the books, and UFC veteran Ben Saunders and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez each had a successful night.

Saunders debuted with the promotion with a dominant technical knockout victory against a clearly over-matched opponent. He blasted knees and elbows into Matt Lee to earn a third round doctor’s stoppage. While the victory was impressive, Saunders has yet to defeat a quality opponent since his release from the UFC.

Meanwhile, Alvarez once again proved himself a top-level lightweight with another one-sided victory. The champion, who is perhaps the top lightweight not fighting under Zuffa, LLC, defeated Pat Curran via unanimous decision after five rounds of dominance. Curran showed toughness, but little else throughout the 25 minutes of competition.

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UFC 111 Predictions

UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy takes place tonight from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and the main card features five fights and two championship bouts. Here is a look at the main card bouts and my picks for the winners.

UFC Welterweight Championship: Champion Georges St. Pierre (19-2) vs. Challenger Dan Hardy (23-6)
In any fight, each man has a puncher’s chance and that is about all Hardy has going for him. He will have to win the fight standing because St. Pierre is far superior in his wrestling and submission skills. St. Pierre is also very good at not getting hit and that will be what helps him win this fight. Look for him to score multiple takedowns and ware Hardy down as he scores a fourth round TKO and then makes the jump to the middleweight division for his next big career move.

UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship: Frank Mir (13-4) vs. Shane Carwin (11-0)
Carwin was set to face Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight title in November, but Lesnar’s illness has set up this fight with the winner getting a belt and then the shot at Lesnar in the summer. Mir wants this fight on the ground while Carwin wants it on his feet. Carwin has not had a UFC fight go past 91 seconds, but it should take longer to dispose of Mir on Saturday. Mir can test Carwin on the ground and in submission fighting, but he will have to eat a punch to do it. Mir has left himself open before and Carwin will be quick to strike when he does it on Saturday to score a TKO late in the first round.

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