Former Strikeforce champion and UFC contender Josh Thomson was victorious in his Bellator debut earlier this year, finishing Mike Bronzoulis in San Jose.
Now, Thomson returns home and to the Bellator cage to face Pablo Villaseca in the main event of Bellator 147 Friday night.
The main card airs live on Spike TV from the campus of San Jose State University with five fights in all.
Along with Thomson-Villaseca, Daniel Weichel squares off against Georgi Karakhanyan, Patricky Freire meets Derek Anderson, Virgil Zwicker battles Brian Rogers and Adam Piccolotti collides with Mario Soto.
Below are FightLine’s main card fight-by-fight predictions, along with a list of prelim winners:
Josh Thomson vs. Pablo Villaseca
Thomson will have to make sure to guard for the letdown vs. an unknown, but there is no reason to think the veteran will not rise up in his hometown. A win should position Thomson for a contender fight next year on his march towards the belt.
Prediction: Thomson via first round submission
Daniel Weichel vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
The featherweight division is one of the best in Bellator, and both Weichel and Karakhanyan are viable contenders. The winner will be on the fast track in 2016.
Prediction: Karakhanyan via decision
Patricky Freire vs. Derek Anderson
A possible injury could keep Freire from the meeting, and while he is likely to fight, this might be the opening Anderson needs.
Prediction: Anderson via third round submission
Virgil Zwicker vs. Brian Rogers
Veterans meet in the light heavyweight division, as Rogers tries to get back on the right track after falling in four of his last five. Zwicker, meanwhile, is 4-1-1 in his last six.
Prediction: Zwicker via first round TKO
Adam Piccolotti vs. Mario Soto
Piccolotti has a big name and the skills to back it up. Look for him to make an impact in the lightweight division to kickoff the program.
Prediction: Piccolotti via first round TKO
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