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Bellator Events - Fight Card Betting Guides
Bellator events are almost always structured in an 8-fighter tournament format where a fighter must win three fights (quarters, semis and finals) to be crowned champion.
The format is far different than either UFC or Strikeforce, and Bellator promotes this difference through their motto: Where title shots are earned, not given.
With a trove of recognizable stars, a fan-friendly TV deal and a steady stream of “fun fights”, Bellator has firmly cemented its status as MMA’s No. 2 organization. In fact, there have been a number of former UFC fighters who have left the octagon to test the waters of former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker’s organization.
Perhaps the best part of Bellator is that almost all of their cards are aired free on SpikeTV, meaning you can spend the money you’d dish out for a pay-per-view card to wager on favorable lines instead. At Gamblers Palace, our MMA betting experts will alert you on favorable odds, upset picks and betting guides for every upcoming card
Bellator Event previews, odds and predictions
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (23-6, 2 KOs, 10 SUBs) will meet longtime Bellator lightweight contender Patricio Freire (25-3, 9 KOs, 10 SUBs) at Bellator 160, which takes place on August 26, 2016 at the Honda Center in Los Angeles, California. The card will be televised on SpikeTV starting 9 p.m. ET.
As the highest profile UFC alum to sign with Bellator, Benson Henderson was expected to immediately become a contender at both the welterweight and lightweight divisions. But his first fight with the promotion, against 170-pound champion Andrey Koreshkov, was a disaster.
The smaller Henderson repeatedly got lit up by the bigger, stronger striker, and it was a marvel that the former UFC lightweight champion even made it to the final bell at all. Now, Benson will go back to his natural weight class to fight in a title eliminator to determine who faces …continue to Bellator 160 Betting Guide
Bellator 161 takes place on Saturday, September 16, 2016, at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas. Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo (24-10, 12 KOs, 4 SUBs) and prospect Tony Johnson (10-2, 5 KOs) will clash in the main event. SpikeTV will provide coverage of the card starting 9 p.m. ET.
On looks alone, Cheick Kongo is one of the scariest looking heavyweights around. Standing 6’4” at a positively shredded 235 pounds, the Paris native has been cracking heads since 2001. He’s always been an excellent kickboxer, but at 41 years old, his prime is well past.
That hasn’t stopped Bellator from putting Kongo in his third straight main event, where he’ll meet Tony Johnson, who has won both of his fights with the promotion. Since losing to current UFC champion Daniel Cormier in a 2010 KOTC encounter, Johnson has gone 6-1 with victories over former UFC champion Tim Sylvia and Derrick Lewis, who just notched his fourth straight UFC victory….continue to Bellator 161 Betting GuideBellator 170- Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz
Bellator 170 takes place on Saturday, January 21, 2016, at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The main card airs on Spike TV starting 9 p.m. ET. Former UFC stars Tito Ortiz (18-12, 8 KOs, 4 SUbs) and Chael Sonnen (28-14, 7 KOs, 5 SUBs) will meet in the main event. Continue Bellator 170 main page
Bellator MMA Betting
The UFC has grown at an incredible rate the past few years and it's easily the most popular fighting sport in the world. Many UFC fans enjoy having some betting action on the closest thing to an overdose of adrenaline, anxiety and pure craziness! As long as you only bet what you can afford you'll always have fun betting on the UFC.
MMA bettors can take advantage of money lines by taking a couple simple things into consideration when placing your bet: A moneyline is more or less the substitution made for a point spread. Since there is no possible way to determine a fight based on points (like in basketball or football for instance) Bookmakers installed moneylines (odds) to level out the playing field for bettors like yourself...contiue to Bellator MMA Betting
Bellator MMA Gambling Odds Explained
MMA Fighting is the most exciting form of combat sports in the world today. The fights are fast and exciting and usually end in a stoppage by KO or submission. MMA is exploding in popularity and so is interest in wagering on the fights. Until you try it, you have no idea how much having "betting action" on a fight can enhance the event, even if it's only a few dollars at risk. Betting on UFC, however, requires almost as much discipline as learning the martial art itself…continue to MMA Betting Guide
Bellator MMA History
Bellator has no problem putting on freak show fights just for the entertainment of fight fans. While carnival fights have zero impact on world rankings, the promotion has proved time and time again that many will tune in due to sheer curiosity.
Who can forget when Floridian backyard brawlers Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000 squared off for the title of “King of the Streets”? The UFC’s first-ever champion, the legendary Royce Gracie, returned to the ring at the tender age of 49 to meet fellow Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock in an entertaining bout.
No other promotion puts on a carnival fight like Bellator. If there’s a demand for a certain fight, Bellator will find a way to make it happen. Their willingness to co-promote also allows them to draw from an international pool of fighters.
Bellator MMA Homegrown Talent
Don’t think that Bellator depends solely on UFC alums. There are plenty of very good fighters who have captured spots in the world rankings through their Bellator resumes. Among them is light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary, who is a perfect 11-0 thus far in his pro career, with wins over Emanuel Newton and Tito Ortiz. Heavyweight Vitaly Minakov is also an intriguing fighter, with a 17-0 record fighting concurrently for Bellator and regional Russian promotions. Welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov just laid a beatdown on former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and made it look easy. Patricio “Putbull” Freire, Daniel Straus and Joe Warren have been putting on thrilling lighter weight fights for the better part of five years now.
But perhaps the most compelling Bellator fighter is Michael Page, whose brash personality and confident manner is comparable with guys like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. He also fights like he’s auditioning for the next Jet Li movie, with his flashy strikes and showstopping finishes.
Biggest Bellator Upsets
Although Bellator odds generally release a few days before fight night, it gives casual gamblers an advantage as there’s not much time for big bettors to swing the lines. Make sure to check in at Gamblers Palace for the latest betting guides to upcoming events.
Take a look at a few of the biggest upsets in the promotion’s history.
- Bubba Jenkins -1400 vs. LaRue Burley +900
- Muhammad Lawal -1200 vs. Emanuel Newton +700
- Michael Chandler -1150 vs. Will Brooks +770
- Brandon Halsey -1000 vs. Rafael Carvalho +550
- Roger Huerta -800 vs. Pat Curran +550
Bellator MMA Roster Stars
Bellator has made a slew of recent high-profile signings. Former UFC contenders like Phil Davis and Benson Henderson have recently signed with Bellator, both were top-7 fighters inside the octagon. Matt Mitrione, a former top-10 UFC heavyweight, has also signed with the promotion.
Other recognizable faces include WWE superstar Bobby Lashley, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal, former Pride and UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, former Pride champion Wanderlei Sliva, former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson and longtime knockout artists Melvin Manhoef and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.
Slowly but surely, Bellator is expanding its roster and signing fighters that could easily headline pay-per- view cards.
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