Another week, another card brought to you by Bellator. Bellator 68 rolls into Atlantic City this weekend just one week removed from the UFC’s trip to the Garden State.

No belts on the line this week, but in its place are two tournament fights in the smallest weight divisions Bellator has to offer.

The main event this week is a fight between Marlon Sandro and fellow season-six featherweight finalist Daniel Straus, in what should be a great fight to end the main card.

In the co-main event, Travis Marx will battle Marcos Galvao in the bantamweight tournament semifinals.

All of this begins at 7 p.m. ET for the preliminary card that streams live on and will also begin again at 10 p.m. ET after the main card. The main card action kicks off at 8 p.m. ET live on MTV 2.

FW Tourney Final: Marlon Sandro (22-3) vs. Daniel Straus (19-4)

Daniel Straus (L) attempts a flying knee (Bellator Fighting Championships)

Sandro is the odds-on favorite to win this tournament and earn a shot at Pat Curran.

Sandro is an all-around dangerous fighter and has won three fights since Curran beat him in the previous featherweight finals. Either way, if this fight goes to the ground or stays standing, I think Sandro has a good shot to win.

Straus is a dangerous wrestler who does very well in top control and does possess a bit of power in his hands. This will be Straus’ second Bellator tournament finals appearance, with his last one being a unanimous decision loss to Patricio Friere in season four.

If Sandro can keep the fight standing, he wins the bout pretty convincingly. Straus will likely try to take this fight to the ground and finish Sandro with ground-and-pound. Straus will need to be weary of submission attempts though if he does take this fight to the mat.

Either way I think Sandro takes the fight; he is just too tough and more well-rounded than Straus. In the end, Sandro takes the decision and gets a rematch with Curran.

BW Tourney Semifinal: Travis Marx (19-3) vs. Marcos Galvao (11-5-1)

Marcos Galvao (L) (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Last time Marx fought, I didn’t give him much of a chance to beat Masakatsu Ueda, and now I don’t know what to do.

Marx showed excellent grappling and top control in that fight and utilized his size advantage to dispatch Ueda. Marx looked strong slamming Ueda to the ground and even was able to fend off submission attempts from the Japanese fighter.

In this fight, Marx will definitely have to utilize his wrestling to keep Marcos Galvao at bay. Galvao took Ed West down at will, and in that fight he was also able to fend off submission attempts.

One of these guys might feel brave enough to take this fight to the ground where both fighters seem pretty even, and this fight will pretty much come down to who gets more takedowns.

In that, I’ll take Marx to get the split decision victory after he so valiantly fought to prove me wrong his last time out.

Catchweight (230 pounds): Seth Petruzelli (14-6) vs. Carmelo Marrero (14-5)

Seth Petruzelli (top) (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

This is a bout featuring the man who dashed the hopes and dreams of Kimbo Slice.  It also features fellow UFC vet Carmelo Marrero.

Petruzelli is of course known for his Kimbo slaying, but outside of his dismal 0-4 record in the UFC, he boasts a good record in regional and smaller promotions. Petruzelli is coming off a big knockout victory in his last Bellator catchweight fight against Ricco Rodriguez.

Petruzelli possesses knockout power that he will try to implement against Marrero.

Marrero, much like Petruzelli, also had a pretty dismal time in the UFC, sporting a 1-3 record for the promotion that included fights at heavyweight (namely a split decision win over Cheick Kongo) and a stint at light heavyweight (a loss to Ryan Bader).

Marrero is a good grappler with six wins by submission, but Petruzelli also just earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt following his win over Rodriguez, so it will be interesting to see if Marrero takes this fight to the ground.

I don’t think Marrero can hang with Petruzelli, who will get the first-round knockout.

WW: Marius Zaromskis (16-6-1) vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf (9-9)

Marius Zaromskis (top) (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

This is the first main card fight of the night, featuring Zaromskis, who at one point cracked the top ten welterweights in the world.

Zaromskis first made his trip to the United States in a loss to then Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. In his last six fights, Zaromskis has gone 3-3 with one no-contest that came against his current opponent, Waachiim Spiritwolf. The fight was declared a no-contest after Zaromskis poked Spiritwolf in the eye and he couldn’t continue.

So here it is, Spiritwolf gets another shot. Zaromskis will do everything in his power to win this fight by knockout and dispatch Spiritwolf. Zaromskis has excellent striking, and I can prove that by telling you he won his last fight by a crazy knockout. Go check it out on YouTube.

Spiritwolf hasn’t had as much career success as Zaromskis (especially since the eye poke) going 1-2 after that fight.

Spiritwolf also possesses great hands and knockout ability, which will make this fight a good one.

At this point I think Zaromskis takes the fight by knockout in the second or third round. Zaromskis is deadly and I think his striking will engulf Spiritwolf’s.

Preliminary Card
FW: Jeff Lentz (9-2-1) vs. Eddie Fyvie (9-5)

Lentz is 1-0 in Bellator and sports a 3-1 record in Ring of Combat, which, for anybody who doesn’t know, is a pretty big regional promotion in New Jersey. Lentz possesses a good arsenal of striking and has won four fights by knockout and one via submission due to punches.

Fyvie is a choke artist and I don’t mean that as in he’s not clutch—he is literally a choke artist. Fyvie owns four victories by submission due to a choke. Fyvie owns a 4-1 record in Ring of Combat with his lone loss coming to none other than Lentz, who won the fight by knockout.

Deja vu here. Lentz by knockout.

Catchweight (175 pounds): Jesus Martinez (6-2) vs. Aung La Nsang (9-7)

Martinez had an awesome head kick knockout win over Chris Wing not too long ago and followed that up with a TKO loss to Karl Amoussou at Bellator 59. Martinez has decent striking and top control that could make him trouble in this fight.

Nsang is another Ring of Combat vet going 2-2 in their promotion and has gone 2-4 in his last six fights. Nsang has a good submission record along with a couple of knockouts and will earn a decision victory in this fight.

MW: Gregory Millard (2-2) vs. Francois Ambang (1-3-1)

From the research I did on Ambang, he is a boxer, so just from that he will likely look to keep the fight standing to knock out Millard. He did win his last time out by rear-naked choke though, so he does know a little bit of submissions.

Millard is coming off a knockout win at Bellator 59 over the now infamous Brandon Saling.

Millard has been here before, but I’ll take Ambang by knockout.

BW: Claudio Ledesma (6-2) vs. Anthony Leone (10-5)

Leone is 2-5 in his last seven fights, including going 0-2 in Bellator and 0-2 in Strikeforce. However, he holds five wins by submission, subbing Paul Gorman his last time out.

Ledesma is 2-1 in ROC and 1-0 in Bellator. His last three fights have gone to decision and I expect this one to go to the cards as well. Ledesma by decision

LW: Marcin Held (12-2) vs. Derrick Kennington (6-2)

Held was originally expected to face New Jersey native Kurt Pellegrino, but two switches later he is fighting Derrick Kennington. Held is 1-1 in Bellator with his lone loss coming against current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler. Held won his last fight against Phillipe Nover at Bellator 59 by split decision.

Held also owns nine victories by finish with six of them coming by way of submission. Held has a serious ground game to watch out for.

Kennington will be a tough guy to submit though, owning five victories of his own by submission.

Held wins the fight by decision.

LW: Jacob Kirwan (9-4) vs. Don Carlos-Clauss (8-6)

Last but not least, Kirwan holds five victories by submission including a 1-1 record in Bellator. Outside of Bellator, Kirwan went 1-1 in ROC.

Carlos-Clauss owns three victories by knockout including one submission due to punches. The thing here though is his three losses by submission, which sticks out against a guy like Kirwan who likes to choke people out.

Kirwan takes the submission victory.

Top Photo: Marlon Sandro (R) (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.