Masvidal has his eye on the title

April 30, 2009

There is no question that Jorge Masvidal believes he will be the Bellator Lightweight world champion. But before Masvidal starts celebrating his projected sweeping series of tournament wins, he must first take a good hard look at his Semi-Finals opponent, Toby Imada.

As a veteran of over 25 professional fights, Imada is often considered the best, most underrated fighter the sport has seen. Whether or not Imada’s iron chin is capable of withstanding the American Top Team standouts strikes is left to be seen, but one thing is for sure – Toby Imada is a very real contender for the title.

Imada claimed a victory early in the first round at Bellator I in Hollywood, Fla, easily defeating Alonzo Martinez via rear naked choke at just over three minutes into the matchup. The question remains whether or not Masvidal is taking Imada too lightly leading up to their Semi-Final bout in Dayton, Ohio on May 1.

If the fighters stay on their feet, the clear-cut striking advantage belongs to Masvidal, but should the match go to the ground, the advantage may be Imada’s. The only thing that is certain is that this Lightweight contest will not be your average matchup. This bout will either be the well-deserved highlight of Imada’s career or it will mark the beginning of Masvidal’s final step to $175,000 and the Bellator Lightweight title.

The winner of Masvidal/Imada will advance to the final round of the Lightweight World Championship and await the outcome of Alvarez/Reynolds bout also scheduled for Bellator V.

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