On Friday Night, Bellator MMA Heads back to the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., for a great night of fights. In the main event, we get to see a lightweight clash between Brandon Girtz (11-4 MMA 4-2 Bellator) and newly signed Melvin Guillard (32-14-4 MMA 0-0 Bellator) in a fight that has fireworks written all over it.

Girtz will be looking to welcome Guillard to the Bellator cage with what could be a fast night for either fighter. It has been 11 months since Girtz fought and he will be facing one of, if not his toughest test to date. Guillard recently signed with Bellator after a two-fight stint in WSOF, where most recently he lost to lightweight champ, Justin Gaethje.

Will Girtz be able to get past the ring rust and the speed of Guillard? Or, will Guillard the far more experienced fighter make a statement in his first Bellator match by making quick work of Girtz?

Don’t blink because this fight could be over before you know it.

In the co-main event, we are in for a real treat when Saad Awad (18-6-1 MMA 6-2 Bellator) faces Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (13-6 MMA 6-5 Bellator) in a lightweight matchup that could see either man jumping up in the rankings and closer to a title shot. “Pitbull” has not fought since September of 2014 where he lost to Marcin Held. Awad is on a three-fight when streak most recently defeating Rob Sinclair back in April at Bellator 136. Both of these men have one punch knockout power and the skill to put away anybody in the division. This fight has fight of the night capabilities if both men show up prepared to go to war.

Lorenzo Hood vs. Raphael Butler

Hood has never been out of the first round with all nine victories coming by way of KO/TKO. Butler has a mixed bag of wins with five KO/TKO’s and four submissions. This heavyweight fight could go either way as both men have devastating power and could put the other man away with a single punch. Hood cannot look past the experience of Butler as he was a professional boxer with 28 KO’s. If Butler can use his boxing experience or use his better submission game this could be a quick night for him. Hood will want to come in fast and hard and look for what he does best and that is to knockout Butler in the first round!

Prediction: Hood Round via TKO, Round 1


Josh Burns VS. Justin Wren

In another heavyweight matchup, we will get to see Burns (8-8 MMA 0-2 Bellator)  square off against Wren (10-2 MMA 0-0 Bellator). Burns will need to get the win as he is on a two fight losing streak, while Wren has won his last three. Wren will want to make quick work of Burns so he can make a statement and get one fight closer to a title shot. Burns needs to keep his composure and have patience so he can get back on the winning side. We will get to see if Burns belongs in Bellator or if Wren is on a winning streak right now that can’t be stopped.

Prediction: Wren via Submission, Round 1


Saad Awad vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire

This is a fight you will not want to miss when Saad Awad steps into the cage with Freire in a fight that probably will not make it to a decision. This fight will be fast and devastating as both fighters want to earn a shot at the belt. I see “Pitbull” coming out and using his striking to keep Awad at bay, looking for that one shot that will end the night with a KO/TKO!

Prediction: “Pitbull” via TKO, Round 2


Brandon Girtz vs. Melvin Guillard

This lightweight fight could see whoever wins possibly getting a title shot. Guillard will want to come out and use his fast pace in your face style and shut down any kind of game plan Girtz might be wanting to implement. As we have seen in the past, Guillard needs to focus and not get emotional against a man who can clearly knockout Guillard with a single well placed shot. I do not see this fight lasting past the first round and the winner will definitely be one step closer to getting a chance to have the Bellator gold wrapped around their waist.

Prediction: Guillard via TKO, Round 1

About The Author

Jeremiah York
Staff Writer

In 1993 at 16 years old my Mom let me order UFC #1 on PPV. Then and there my life changed! To find a sport that put man against man, skill against skill in the rawest form was absolutely amazing! My love for MMA was found and I have been following all aspects of Combat Sports since. If I'm not traveling to watch fights I am studying and catching up on everything MMA at home. I am a Denver Native, but I live in TX now where the fight scene is booming! When I'm not watching and dissecting fights I'm out in the market selling beer as the TX Area Sales Manager for Uinta Brewing.