On Friday, October 24, 2014, Bellator MMA heads to the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, KS, for Bellator 130.

Scott Coker and his team at Bellator MMA have once again put together an enticing and fan friendly card that is loaded with reasons to watch.

Marloes Coenen

While Bellator doesn’t currently boast a deep women’s MMA roster they do have one of the true elites in featherweight Marlose Coenen. Coenen is one of the top female fighters in the world and he ground game is fun to watch with 15 of her 21 career victories coming by way of submission. A true veteran and pioneer of WMMA when Coenen fights fans need to watch.

Bobby Lashley

If Bobby Lashley were to fully dedicate himself to MMA, he would be a horse of different color, but because of his pro wrestling schedule, Lashley is just a seat-filler. Fans are going to pile in to watch him compete because fans like to see pro wrestling really put their skills and athleticism to the test, but until he commits to the sport, he is just fluff. With that said, because of his wrestling chops, power and athleticism, he is a must watch when he decides to fight.

Dave Jansen vs. Rick Hawn

Even with the exodus of Eddie Alvarez, the Bellator lightweight division is as deep and interesting as they come. Dave Jansen and Rick Hawn are both big reasons why. Hawn has competed in the lightweight and welterweight divisions for Bellator and he has had great success at both. But if he wants to win a major title before his career is over, he needs to stick to one weight class and really go for it. Then you have Jansen who won the Bellator Season Seven Lightweight Tournament but had to pull out of his title bout due to an injury. It’s been over 18 months since Jansen last competed, but he is healthy now and hungry to get back into the title mix. Expect the winner of the bout to be fighting for the Bellator lightweight title in the very near future.

Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell

Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton has established himself as one of the finest light heavyweight fighters in the world. On top of that, he’s fun to watch. Newton will be looking to defend his title for a second time and he is going to have his hands full with Linton Vassell. Vassell is riding a nine-fight winning streak with seven of those wins coming by way of stoppage. This fight has the potential to be Bellator’s “Fight of the Year”.


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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.