Octagon Cynosure featuring ‘Goiti Yamauchi’: Bellator 237 Fight Preview, Predictions & Analysis


Thursday, December 26, 2019 12:46 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 12:46 PM UTC

Bellator will head to Japan for a cross-promotional event with Rizin the final fight card of 2019. Fancy some free betting tips? Goiti Yamauchi will be highlighted in this week’s Bellator prediction for Octagon Cynosure
<div><h2>Goiti Yamauchi</h2><p>Bellator’s Lightweight prospect Goiti Yamauchi will take centre stage in the final fight card of the 2019 MMA calendar. With a cross-promotional event taking place in Japan with popular promotion Rizin, he’ll face former UFC fighter and Rizin’s own… Darren Cruickshank. Let’s take a closer look into the fighting life and style of Goiti Yamauchi who will be under our betting spot-light this week.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/dmSvm3jMJ2LycHpcuCIonF8sIGI=/0x0:1920x1280/1200x800/filters:focal(760x232:1066x538)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65396497/036_Mike_Richman_vs_Goiti_Yamauchi.0.jpg" style="width:650px;height:433px" /></p><p>Goiti was born in Japan but when seeking a better quality of life, his parents decided on moving and was Goiti was raised in Brazil from the age of 3. Early on in his youth, he would train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, eventually leading him into other forms of martial arts such as boxing, grappling and muay-thai.</p><p>Goiti stormed the amateur scene with 7 wins, all finished inside the distance. At the tender age of 17, his professional career would set sail. The dominant reign continued as he fought on the Brazilian regional scene, holding championships in the Featherweight division of two promotions.</p><p>Signing with Bellator aged 20 has given Goiti a home. He’s grown up fighting and still learns at a high level whihc is finally putting him involved with title talks. His only losses for the company have come against high-level opposition which in my opinion, has been nothing but part of his evolution as a fighter. He’s still only 26 years old, arguably not even close to his prime… his future seems promising, and Goiti is an exciting competitor for sure.</p><p>Family ties will be involved this weekend; Goiti’s Japanese heritage will play a part in his determination to walk out with a victory at Bellator 237. His family and more specifically; his Uncle, will be in attendance who hasn’t seen Goiti for 17 years. The same man was responsible for Goiti’s early MMA career, helping him with funds and putting money forward whenever needed. I think fighting ability and the will to win in front of friends and family will be an advantage for Goiti.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&amp;a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/728x90_2.jpeg" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><h2>Goiti Yamauchi vs Darren Cruickshank ‘Fight Talk’</h2><p>Statistically, Goiti Yamauchi is the best grappler in Bellator history. Interesting right? Well, this weekend he’ll have the opportunity to showcase his skills against an ageing Darren Cruickshank. Darren has a wealth of experience and has fought some of the toughest fighters on the planet, but he’s now facing the end of his career and has a tough test with a strong 26-year old that holds a fair bit of experience himself.</p><p>This matchup has the potential to be the fight of the night. Cruickshank is renowned for his ability to finish a fight by TKO whereas Goiti has an endless amount of submission wins on his record. Goiti has shown he hangs with high-level strikers, it’ll be interesting to see if Darren thinks he holds the advantage whilst striking with Goiti. I believe Goiti will have the advantage in all areas, striking or on the ground.</p><p>Darren’s record could be perceived as “padded” due to the drop in competition fighting at Rizin. I think Goiti should hold a huge mental advantage with his win streak, age-range and mentality. Technically, he’s also fighting at home.</p><p style="text-align:center">&lt;iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/q8xxFczFeYk" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</p><h2>The Outcome</h2><p>It’s alarming when we look at the percentage of Darren’s losses by submission up against Goiti’s win rate by submission. If this fight was to end up on the ground, I don’t see a way out for a Darren Cruickshank who’s coming of two losses in a promotion that doesn’t hold the level of athlete that Bellator does.</p><p>Goiti has an underrated striking ability and I predict we’ll see this flourish on Saturday, even If it’s momentarily. It’s interesting to see a lot of his submission wins have occurred because Goiti’s opponents have initiated the takedown, grappling exchange or clinch. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were able to win this fight by TKO.</p><p>Darren has been around and the block and is still dangerous, as any professional fighter will be. With that being said, he’s stepping up to a young Lightweight from Bellator who still hasn’t reached his prime. I don’t think Darren will be able to handle the pace of Goiti, nor will he be able to match his grappling ability. All paths to victory are steering towards Goiti, he’s a strong betting tip in my opinion and if you don’t like the high price…wait for the bookmaker to release ‘inside the distance’ props.</p><p>Bellator 237 will be on Saturday the 28th December live from Japan</p><p><strong>Bellator 237 Prediction: 2u on Goiti Yamauchi @ [1.34] [-290] with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">William Hill</a></strong></p></div>
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