Bellator 239 – Main Card Preview

Bellator 239 is part of a double-header fight card from Bellator this weekend. Bellator 239 takes place this Friday in Thackerville, Oklahoma and is headlined by a welterweight contest consisting of Ed Ruth v Yaroslav Amosov. The following night, we have Bellator 240 in Dublin, Ireland.

Ed Ruth v Yaroslav Amosov

Ed Ruth (8-1) looks to make it his third win on the bounce as he prepares to take on undefeated Yaroslav Amosov in Oklahoma. Ruth’s 2019 saw him take two wins from two, defeating Kiichi Kunimoto and Jason Jackson. Having started his professional career at Bellator, Ruth’s resume has been solid so far, only tasting defeat once to Neiman Gracie, which came via rear-naked choke in Round 4 at Bellator 213.

Yaroslav Amosov (22-0) joined the promotion on the back end of 2019 and three of his opponents have yet to take the 0 away from his record. Like Ruth, Amosov had a clean sweep through 2019, defeating Erick Silva via unanimous decision at Bellator 216 and picking up a D’Arce choke in round two v David Rickels at Bellator 231.

The experience heavily favours Yaroslav Amosov in this matchup, although, Ruth firmly believes he’s the man to take the undefeated streak down.

Brandon Girtz v Myles Jury

Brandon Girtz (16-8) will be rearing to go come the 21st of Feb after being out of competition for a year. Girtz last competed at Bellator 219, when he secured a unanimous decision win v Saad Awad. Since then, it’s been unfortunate for him, having two bouts cancelled v Paul Redmond and Jon Tuck. Well-rested, I expect to see a healthy and eager Brandon Girtz come fight night.

Myles Jury (18-5) has seen the last 5 years spiral out for him. A 7-year stint in the UFC has taken its toll. He’s failed to win in his last three, taking losses to names such as Chad Mendes, Andre Fili, and Benson Henderson. A win would see the 31-year-old kickstart his 2020 campaign.

Tyrell Fortune v Timothy Johnson

Tyrell Fortune (8-0) comes into the bout still on an impressive unbeaten run. 8 fights under Bellator for Fortune and 8 wins. 2019 was an active year for the American, earning himself three wins and three finishes v Ryan Pokryfky, Rudy Schaffroth, and Azunna Anyanwu.

Timothy Johnson (12-6) has not been on the best form over recent years. Johnson left the UFC on a win after defeating Marcelo Golm in 2018. Since then, he’s failed to win in two of his Bellator bouts. He’s taken two tough first-round TKO losses to Cheick Kongo and Vitaly Minakov.

Javy Ayala v Valentin Moldavsky

Javy Ayala (11-7) last competed inside the Bellator cage at Bellator 212 at the end of 2018. He picked up a huge career win when taking out former UFC champion Frank Mir. Ayala worked his way to a finish at the end of round two, taking one of his biggest wins yet home with him. A year out from action, Ayala will be looking to do the same come February 21st.

Valentin Moldavsky (8-1) has had a clean sweep under Bellator since joining from Rizin. Winning three out of three, Moldavsky and his sambo style are causing problems for the division. The 28-year-old Russian only competed once last year, winning a unanimous decision v Linton Vassell. With both competitors healthy and well-rested, it makes for an exciting bout.

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