Season 11 for Bellator MMA has gotten off to an amazing start and the organization will look to keep that trend going with Bellator 125. The event takes place on September 9, 2014 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA with the main card airing live on Spike TV.

The main event of the evening features a middleweight bout between former WEC light-heavyweight champion Doug Marshall and vicious striker Melvin Manhoef.

While on the surface this card doesn’t have the greatest name appeal, there are some excellent reasons for fans to tune in and watch.

Raphael Butler

The heavyweight landscape in MMA right now is not very appealing and is in dire need of some great young talent; Raphael Butler is a fighter that everyone who loves MMA should be excited about. Butler is big, athletic, and powerful and as National Golden Gloves champion, he is technically brilliant.

All eight of his career wins have come by way of stoppage; seven of which have come due to strikes. Butler has a very dangerous boxing skill set and now that he is training at Alliance MMA, he is only going to get better. Alliance is one of the best gyms in all of MMA and competing against some of the best fighters in the world in practice will help Butler to reach his full potential faster.

Goiti Yamauchi

Bellator has quietly been putting together an amazing stable of featherweight fighters and Goiti Yamauchi is one of their brightest young prospects. At just 21 years old Yamauchi has already complied an impressive 17-2 record with 13 of his wins coming by way of submission.

Yamauchi isn’t just a tremendous grappler either as he is also a former state amateur boxing champion; defeating the UFC’s John Lineker for the title. This is a young man with a bright future in the sport of MMA and he is just getting started.

Melvin Manhoef

Melvin Manhoef is a terrifyingly power striker and he is always fun to watch. In 41 career bouts Manhoef has only gone the distance four times. This man wants to put on a show every time he fights and he does just that.

With 26 of his 28 career wins coming by way of knockout, including a vicious first round KO of UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt, Manhoef is a fighter you can’t afford not to watch. If you are a fan of elite K-1 level striking and brutal power, then Manhoef is the fighter you should watch.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.