Rampage vs. Ishii at Dynamite 2
By Edward Carbajal
Bellator is holding their second hybrid kickboxing/MMA event, Dynamite 2 Friday, June 24 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. This event will feature the return of Quinton “Rampage’ Jackson (36-11), the debut of Matt Mitrione (9-5), and crown a new Lightweight Champion as well as featuring some of the world’s best kickboxing action.
If you missed last year’s Dynamite, picture an arena with an MMA cage and a kickboxing ring right next to it. The card last year featured a tournament and Glory Kickboxing’s best competitors. This event has a few of the fighters from Glory, not fighting on Bellator Kickboxing and one notable match that is a rematch from an MMA bout.
Joe Schilling fell to Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139 when Schilling was gaining popularity over his knockout victory of Melvin Manhoef. Kato was a heavy underdog being new to Bellator MMA fans. However, not many knew that Kato has a 100% KO rate in MMA and Schilling found out the hard way.
Schilling has never been shy about needing to work on his overall fight game. Where he excels is in the sport of kickboxing so this fight might not go so well for Kato. Kato got finished by Manhoef in round one of their MMA bout, he may be a good striker in MMA but when it comes to world class kickboxing its Schilling’s territory.
Rampage is the main event and he is facing Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1) of Japan. Scot Coker has not been shy about wanting to fill the void that fans of Pride Fighting Championships (Pride FC) feel. These Dynamite events are intended to do that and having Rampage fight a fighter of Ishii’s caliber should make old Pride FC fans happy. Jackson has never been shy about his love for his time in Japan. When he fought in the UFC and they were in Japan he walked in to Pride’s theme, long after it was gone. He even spoke to Ishii in Japanese during the weigh-ins.
Say what you will about this huge martial arts event, but make no mistake this is for the hardcore fans of MMA and the presentation should be good enough to bring in some new fans. Will you be watching? The main card airs airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Quinton Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii
Michael Chandler vs. Patricky Freire
Matt Mitrione vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Kevin Ross vs. Justin Houghton
Denise Kielholtz vs. Gloria Peritore
Rebecca Ruth vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.