It’s an absolutely huge weekend in the world of MMA, as we have a slew of title fights set to go across a number of different events. We are going to do our best to cover all the events and hopefully deliver some predictions that will help you pocket a few extra bucks. For the purposes of this piece, we are going to look at Bellator 281, which is set to go on Friday. This event is being held in London, England, which explains why we have a 1 PM EST start time for the 5 fights on the main card. Let’s break down those bouts, with odds and predictions for each so you can get ready to bet against their Bellator Odds.
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Luke Trainer (-275) Vs Simon Biyong (+230)
We get the main card started with a Light Heavyweight bout between a pair of very good fighters. Trainer has made a fantastic start to his pro career, going 5-0 and winning both of his fights under the Bellator banner in under 2 rounds. Biyong is coming off a loss in his first fight with Bellator, but he still has a rather respectable 7-2 career mark, so he cannot be written off. That said, I like Trainer to come away with the win here.
Paul Daley (-300) Vs Wendell Giacomo (+240)
With this fight taking place in London, you do wonder if the British fighters will have an edge. Paul Daley will be looking for that in this Catchweight bout versus Giacomo. Daley is an aging veteran with a career mark of 43-18-2 and is looking to bounce back from a loss. Giacomo is certainly in good form, winning each of his last 2 fights and 4 of his last 5 to get to 9-2 overall. A good record, but he could be in trouble here, as I like Daley for the KO win.
Denise Kielholtz (-240) Vs Kana Watanabe (+200)
The ladies are up next for a Flyweight bout, with both of these fighters looking to bounce back from a loss last time out. Kielholtz comes into this one with a record of 6-3 after seeing a split decision loss on her last fight end a 4-bout win streak. Watanabe took the first loss of her pro career last time out, seeing her record drop to 10-1-1 in the process. I think we have some real value here, as I like Watanabe to come away with the win as the underdog.
Lyoto Machida (+135) Vs Fabian Edwards (-160)
The co-main event of the night is a Middleweight bout featuring a pair of fighters both looking to snap out of losing skids. For Machida, that means a 3-fight losing streak, all under the Bellator banner, although all the fights went the distance. Edwards came out of the gate strong, winning each of his first 9 pro fights before losing his last 2. I like this one to go the distance, but I think it will be Machida that gets the decision.
Michael Page (+220) Vs Logan Storley (-280)
One of these men will take a step closer to being the outright Welterweight Champion, with this one an interim bout. Page will have a partisan crowd on his side as he looks to extend his current 6-fight win streak and improve upon his 20-1 record. Storley is 10-1 overall and has bounced back nicely from his lone defeat as a pro to win 2 in a row ahead of this one. I am going with the underdog again here and taking Page for the KO win.
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