Can Bellator 162 Capitalize on UFC October Void?

The BJ Penn vs. Ricardo Lamas cancellation has left a void on the fight calendar (and in our hearts) and it couldn’t come at a better time for Bellator.

Second generation is something usually reserved for talk about WWE wrestlers and isn’t a topic frequently mentioned in the world of MMA. However, Bellator 162 (Oct. 21, FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee) showcases not one but two different second-generation fighters – please don’t blame me if some one else on the card has a parent who fought in some cage in Belfast or something – both we some history to their names.

'Baby Slice' makes his pro debut at Bellator 162.
‘Baby Slice’ makes his pro debut at Bellator 162.
Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson Jr.

No, you’re not misreading. Kimbo frigging Slice’s son is making his pro debut headlining the under-card this weekend and I’m pretty excited.

According to Sherdog, Baby Slice’s first fight was an amateur bout, meaning he is 0-0.  He’ll fight Rick Bing (0-2) in the welterweight division.

Ferguson Jr. looked decent in his only fight, winning by KO. You can even point out where he looks like his dad, with some signature shoulder feints as he wades it to punch.

I’m hoping for the best from Baby Slice, and that he spends more time working on his ground game than Kimbo did. It’s a good story all around.

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Ryan Couture

If you aren’t in the know (you should be), the Randy Couture’s son Ryan is a welterweight with a 10-4 record. Why is he in Bellator you ask? After going 6-1 in Strikeforce including fights on some significant cards (Tate vs Rousey for example) he was given two shots at following in his legendary father’s footsteps in the UFC. Those being a TKO loss to Ross Pearson and unanimous loss decision to Al Iaquinta at UFC 164.

He started off well in Bellator with two, first-round submission wins but his most recent fight is the above KO loss back in January at Bellator 148. He’ll fight the young up-and-comer Goiti Yamauchi.

Main Event – Shlemenko v Grove

Alexander “The Siberian Striker” Shlemenko holds a ridiculous 53-9-(1) record at just the age of 32. We know how inflated Russian records can be so it’s important to note he’s lost all his real tests, such as fights with Jacare Souza, Hector Lombard, Tito Ortiz and his win over Melvin Manhoef was overturned for elevated testosterone. He beat Sean Salmon though!

Kendall Grove is a former UFC fighter otherwise known as the person that goes by ‘The Spider’ that isn’t Anderson Silva- pardon me it’s ‘Da Spyder’. 4-2 in Bellator and 23-15-(1) overall, he’s fresh off of two wins including a TKO of Joey Beltran. He’s a lanky and lean middleweight, and he’s more than likely going for the knockout.

Other Notables

The co-main features former WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley (14-2) vs. John Appelt in the heavyweight division. Call it a slanted record, but Lashley is currently on a seven-fight-win-streak that includes four submissions and two TKOs, the last being over James Thompson, yes the same James Thompson who had the infamous cauliflower pop against Kimbo Slice.

Here’s hoping for an all around exciting card so that Bellator can reel in more fans in the absence of a UFC PPV.

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