Since taking the helm at Bellator last year, Scott Coker has transformed the organization into a fun alternative to the UFC. While many – including myself – have been critical of his main even match making at times, there’s no question that he is quietly putting together a superb roster of talent.

That fact will be extremely apparent on Friday, May 15, 2015, when Bellator heads to the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., for Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove.

Prospect Watch – Julio Cesar Neves Jr.

The second bout of the portion of the preliminary card features a featherweight bout between up and comers Jordan Parsons and Julio Cesar Neves Jr. While Parsons is a talented young fighter with a lot of upside, this bout is all about Neves. At just 21 years old, Neves has already amassed an incredible record of 30-0, including two TKO victories in the Bellator cage. Neves is a dynamic and explosive young fighter who is riding an incredible wave of success.

The First Real Test for Darrion Caldwell

A former Division I National Champion wrestler and Olympic hopeful Caldwell is a tremendous athlete who has seamlessly transitioned into MMA. Undefeated at 6-0, including three wins in Bellator, Caldwell looks like a fighter destined for Bellator gold. But to this point, Caldwell has not been truly tested; that will not be the case on Friday when he takes on Rafael Silva. A win over a fighter of Silva’s caliber would be the signal that Caldwell is ready for the big time.

The Rise of Fernando Gonzalez

When Gonzalez signed with Bellator in 2014, he was on a two fight skid and viewed largely as a journeyman level talent. Then he defeated former Bellator welterweight tournament winner and title challenger Karl Amoussou. Since then, Gonzalez has racked up wins over Karo Parisyan and Marius Zaromskis. That is an impressive win streak that now has Gonzalez knocking on the door of a Bellator welterweight title shot.

Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman

The Bellator bantamweight division is an exciting division thanks in large part to fighters like Dantas and Richman; guys who continually press the action and move forward. Simply put, expect to see a fun scrap when these two step into the cage in the co-main event of the evening.

Middleweight Title Fight

In the main event of the evening, newly crowned Bellator middleweight champion Brandon Halsey looks to defend his title for the first time against Kendall Grove. Grove’s career has seen a lot of ups and down, but he earned his shot at the title when he choked out former Bellator light heavyweight champion, Christian M’Pumbu. Halsey has yet to taste defeat in his young MMA career and he continues to look better and better each and every time he steps into the cage.

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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,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.