Bellator Newcastle: Main Card Preview
This coming Saturday night of MMA again graces the banks of the Tyne in Newcastle, England. The newly named Utilita Arena welcomes Bellator for a night of fights sure to entertain the crowd.
The main card sees some up and coming prospects take to the Bellator cage, as well as some better-known names. There is even a little bit of Northern flair, which is sure to get the ‘Geordie’ crowd behind their favorites.
The first fight on the main card sees Birmingham’s Fabian Edwards (5-0) take on Liverpool born Lee Chadwick (24-13-1) in a Middleweight bout. This fight sees Chadwick strap on the Bellator gloves for the first time whereas Edwards Pro debut was in fact inside the Bellator cage. Even though both have fought for BAMMA, Chadwick has also fought under the ACB and Cage Warriors banner during his 13-year career.
There is a chance this fight will see a finish, as the 25-year-old Edwards has only been outside the first round once in his five professional fights. However, that only lasted 44 seconds into the second round. At that point, he scored a submission win over Aaron Kennedy in July 2017. 12-year veteran Chadwick similarly is a fan of ending things early with 17 of his 24 wins coming in the first round. Don’t be surprised if this goes to the ground, with 3 of Edwards 5 wins coming by submission, and 13 of Chadwick’s also coming by submission.
The next fight is one of three consecutive Lightweight bouts, as former 2 weight BAMMA champion Terry Brazier (10-1) going against Chris Bungard (13-4). This will be the first time either man has fought for Scott Coker’s led promotion.
Brazier is on a nine-fight winning streak, going through some of Britain’s best like Shah Hussain and Walter Gahadza. Whereas Bungard has lost one in his last five. The one loss in five came against Colin ‘The Freakshow’ Fletcher in September 2017. This will be the first fight for both fighters in a six-month layoff, but no doubt there will not be any ring rust to shrug off, as both are used to long layoffs between fights.
Both the former Lightweight and Welterweight BAMMA champion Brazier and his opponent have proven in the past they can go the distance. Both have four fights each that went the distance (2 were losses for Bungard). Whereas Bungard does seem to finish a fight, with nine of eleven victories coming by way of finish.
The co-main event of the evening sees probably one of the most recognizable names on the card, especially to those new to the sport. As Newcastle’s own Aaron Chalmers (4-0) goes up against Corey Browning (4-2) in the second of three 155lb fights on the main card.
Chalmers, who trains with Fabian Edwards, is undefeated since he made the move from MTV to MMA. The Geordie fighter has not seen a second round since his debut and had a promising Bellator debut last May beating Ash Griffiths by guillotine choke.
Browning like Chalmers will be making his second step into the Bellator cage. After beating Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson Jr last October in what was largely considered a big upset. Browing also like his counterpart seems to finish fights early, with none of his fights going past the second. Both fighters have shown a ground game acumen, with two of Chalmers four wins coming by submission. Likewise, three of Browning’s wins have come by submission, with the win over Ferguson coming via TKO. Both fighters will surely excite the home crowd, but would be very surprised if this didn’t see a finish early on.
The main event sees Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire (20-8) go up against local lad Ryan Scope (11-1). Pitbull has been a Bellator mainstay over the past six years, going up against some of the best the 155lb division has to offer, beating the likes of Ryan Couture, Benson Henderson and Derek Campos on his way to headlining the Newcastle event. The Brazilian is on good form at the minute, having won his last four fights, and winning both fights where he headlined the event.
Sunderland born Scope has had somewhat of a mixed 2018. Not fighting since 2017 where he beat Mickael Lebout. 2018 saw a canceled fight and a year of injury setbacks. But Scope seems to be back on the up after signing the deal with Bellator to make his debut up the road from where he was born. The former BAMMA champion will look to get 2019 off to a good start by going up against Pitbull in front of the North East crowd. The last of three lightweight bouts in a four-fight main card will sure to be an exciting one for the packed out Utilita Arena crowd and be one that will certainly send the crowd home happy.
Patricky Freire (20-8) vs Ryan Scope (11-1)
Aaron Chalmers (4-0) vs Corey Browning (4-2)
Terry Brazier (10-1) vs Chris Bungard (13-4)
Fabian Edwards (5-0) vs Lee Chadwick (24-13-1)