Bellator 70 marks the final part of season six for Bellator and gives us a one-month hiatus from the promotion.

Bellator 70 makes its way to New Orleans with a heavyweight title fight between Cole Konrad and Eric Prindle. Prindle was twice set to face Thiago Santos this season, but due to illness and then Santos missing weight, Prindle has shot right into the title shot with Konrad. This will be Konrad’s first title defense and his first fight since he beat Paul Buentello last August.

Also on the card will be the lightweight tournament final pitting Rick Hawn against Brent Weedman. Both fighters have made it deep in previous Bellator tournaments, and now both are just one fight away from a date with current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

The second half of the bantamweight tournament semi-finals, pitting Japanese decision master Hiroshi Nakamura against Luis Nogueira, will also take place at the event.

Bellator 70 will air the preliminary action at 7 p.m. ET on Bellator.com and Spike.com. The main card action will begin at 8 p.m. ET on MTV2 followed by the continuation of the preliminary card at 10 p.m. Bellator 70 comes to you live from the Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, La.

HW Title: Cole Konrad (8-0) vs. Eric Prindle (7-1)

Eric Prindle (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

So finally, Eric Prindle will get to see a fight after having his previous two cancelled and having a shot to the groin bring an end to another.

Prindle will get to see his title shot, and it will of course be against the very tough Cole Konrad.

Prindle is a good fighter in the Bellator heavyweight division, but with that said, I don’t think he is on the same level as Konrad. That is not to say he can’t beat him—I believe in the theory that anybody can get beaten at any moment—but his chances aren’t very good.

Prindle is a really good striker and can knock out just about anybody, so he does have the typical—and for lack of a better term—puncher’s chance to beat Konrad.

Of course, though, that is if he can keep the fight standing. Konrad has that nasty D-1 wrestling that seems to be all the rage in MMA nowadays. With that wrestling, Konrad will of course look to take the fight to the ground and try to wear out and break the will of Prindle. While there, Konrad will look to pound him out and if given the opportunity, he could go for the choke finish.

I think Konrad will make his first successful title defense here against Prindle, getting a decision victory.

LW Finals: Rick Hawn (13-1) vs. Brent Weedman (20-7-1)

Rick Hawn (L) celebrates his win over Lloyd Woodard (Bellator Fighting Championships)

Two lightweights finally get to the finals, and for Rick Hawn it will be his second Bellator tournament finals appearance. It will be Weedman’s first after two previous attempts at welterweight only got him to the semi-finals.

Weedman fought to a split decision last time out and displayed some excellent ground work to win the early rounds. Weedman’s 18 finishes by knockout or submission give him a dangerous edge here over Hawn. If Weedman fights like he did in the first two rounds of his last fight, he’ll be going on to face Chandler for the belt.

Last time out, Hawn displayed some good striking to put away a tough Lloyd Woodard. Hawn was able to neutralize Woodard for the most part and made sure to avoid the big power strikes of Woodard.

Hawn has some really good judo—obviously, since he is a former Olympian—and even with that he has managed to get nine knockout victories under his belt with his last two wins being straight knockouts and not TKOs.

Hawn has been there, done that here before, so I think that gives him an edge in the mental aspect. Hawn takes the fight by unanimous decision.

BW Semi-Finals: Luis Nogueira (13-2) vs. Hiroshi Nakamura (15-5-4)

Hiroshi Nakamura (R) battles Rodrigo Lima (Bellator Fighting Championships)

Nakamura comes into this fight with his previous win defined as amazing only in the eyes of people who like grinders. Nakamura seemingly neutralized Rodrigo Lima in the quarterfinals and displayed great control on the ground while avoiding everything Lima threw at him.

With that said, Nakamura is a grinder, and if he isn’t on the ground on top, he will have trouble winning the fight by other means. Nakamura in this fight will most likely spend the opening minute feeling out Nogueira and will shoot for the takedown instantly to start the grinding out process.

Nogueira’s first fight wasn’t all that impressive either in my eyes, and the fight really could have gone either way. That’s not to take away from his win over someone like Alexis Vila, but Nogueira and Nakamura didn’t really produce in their tournament opening fights.

Nogueira did almost lock in a rear-naked choke on Vila, but that was the closest he came to ending it in the entire fight. His striking is okay, but nothing really major for Nakamura to be worried about.

This fight will come down to who gets the edge on the ground. After their first fights, if I had to choose the better guy on the ground, I’d take Nakamura. Nakamura gets the unanimous, or possibly split, decision victory.

LW: Derek Campos (9-2) vs. Rich Clementi (42-21-1)

Rich Clementi (Facebook)

The first fight up on the main card, and no, it is not part of the lightweight tournament, although the winner could find themselves in the next lightweight tourney.

Of course, Clementi earned his name in the UFC beating the likes of Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout and Anthony Johnson. Clementi is a submission ace, pocketing 25 wins, including in four of his last five outings, by way of submission.

Clementi has lost by submission eight times though, and including his loss in his Bellator debut, he is 3-5 in his last eight fights. All have come since September 2010, so he is fighting on a bi-monthly basis.

Campos has four submission victories, and this will be his debut for Bellator. He is a young guy—24-years-old—and he gets a good opportunity to notch a name win here. The one fight on Campos’ record that stands out is his split decision loss to Diego Brandao, so he is no stranger to good fighters.

It could be a good fight on the ground with both fighters skilled at submissions, but I’ll give the decision win to Rich Clementi.

Preliminaries

Catchweight (165 lbs): Josh Shockley (9-1) vs. Keith Schneider (6-6)

Shockley comes into this fight riding a three-fight winning streak with his last win coming over former TUF 13 contestant Shamar Bailey in Shockley’s third Bellator fight. Shockley owns finishes in seven of his nine wins. Schneider is 3-2 in his last five fights and owns five victories by submission. Shockley gets the knockout win.

WW: Charlie Rader (16-5) vs. A.J. Matthews (5-1)

Rader lost his last time out to the man with the most infamous leg injury in UFC history, Corey Hill. Before that fight, Rader had been on a six-fight winning streak with three knockout victories. He will face Matthews, who won in his Bellator debut last October by unanimous decision. I’ll give the win to Rader by TKO.

MW: Jonas Billstein (9-2) vs. Mike Seal (13-14-1)

It’s kind of hard to pick a guy with a losing record of 13-14 to win, especially when Seal has lost his last two fights and hasn’t fought since December of 2010. Billstein, on the other hand, lost his Bellator debut due to an illegal soccer kick. Billstein owns seven wins by knockout and will get his eighth here.

LW: Kyle Bradley (16-9) vs. John Harris (4-4)

Bradley may be known for his 1-3 stint in the UFC, and his lone win was a controversial knockout of Phillipe “Fainting Phillipe” Nover. Bradley to his credit has won by some sort of finish in 15 of his victories. After opening his career 0-3, Harris has gone 3-1 and won his last time in the cage by split decision. Harris owns three submission victories.

I’ll take Bradley to get the TKO win.

BW: Blake Dufour (2-1) vs. Derek Arcement (0-2)

Both fighters have fought very little since starting their pro careers in 2010. Arcement fought last June in a submission loss, so he might have a little cage rust when he steps in Friday night for his first fight in almost a year. Dufour last fought in November and won by decision. Dufour gets another decision victory here.

MW: Jeremiah Riggs (7-6) vs. Kevin Tiller (3-1)

Former TUF contestant and almost WWE wrestler Riggs comes back for his second Bellator fight this year. Riggs lost to Trey Houston in March by armbar and will face another guy who has compiled some submission victories. Tiller won his Bellator debut by split decision and won his last fight by triangle choke. Tiller will get a submission victory against Riggs.

Top Photo: Cole Konrad (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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