UFC 218: Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo

Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo

Here we go again! Jose Aldo steps up to replace Frankie Edgar in what is an immediate rematch between him and Max Holloway now. Holloway stopped Aldo’s time at the top of the UFC featherweight division with a brutal third round TKO and now looks to defend his title for the first time.

Holloway and Aldo will headline the upcoming UFC 218 pay-per-view to be held at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

Despite the Holloway vs. Aldo rematch not being the preferred option for the UFC, this fight is still just as exciting (and intriguing) as it was the first time. In fact, it becomes even more interesting considering the monumental shift in momentum that occurred in at UFC 212. After controlling the first two rounds convincingly, Aldo got caught with a vicious combination of straight punches and went crashing to the mat. Holloway, who could sense his opportunity, poured on a heavy barrage of strikes to end the fight and take home his first UFC Championship.

This pay-per-view is filled with truly exciting bouts and the main card begins with a fascinating battle between Michelle Waterson and Tecia Torres. After climbing to 9-1 and 5-1 during her time with the UFC, Torres called out Waterson just after defeating Juliana Lima at the TUF 25 Finale. Waterson, who most recently lost to Rose Namajunas via second-round submission looks to get back on track here at UFC 218. We’re expecting Torres to overwhelm Namajunas in this contest.

After that, we move on to an edge-of-your-seat matchup between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje. Alvarez and Gaethje coached the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter and now get to settle their differences in what is sure to be a violent affair. After losing to Conor McGregor at UFC 205, Alvarez then went on be involved in a strange no-contest brawl with Dustin Poirier. Standing across from him is the ever-dangerous Justin Gaethje, who walks forward with a granite chin relentlessly. He is happy to stand and trade with any opponent and packs extreme power in his hands after ruining the legs of his opponent. Justin Gaethje should get the better of Eddie Alvarez in this contest.

In a battle between two flyweight’s, Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis will finally go to war. These two were originally scheduled to compete at UFC 211 in May, but the fight never eventuated due to Cejudo experiencing an injury. Nevertheless, both Cejudo and Pettis recorded impressive wins since then. Cejudo smashed Wilson Reis with a new and improved karate style striking display and Pettis scored a hard-fought win over the tough Brandon Moreno. It’s Cejudo’s time to shine and we are expecting the former Olympic gold medalist to score a unanimous decision victory.

Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou will be one of the most explosive fights on the entire UFC 218 card this weekend. Ngannou, who has completely ruined each of his five opponents in the UFC so far, will be up against Overeem who is enjoying a two-win streak at the moment. Overeem’s experience as an accomplished kickboxer will be tested by the rising star in Ngannou who packs incredible power into his strikes. Expect Ngannou to land a heavy counter strike on Overeem and finish the fight early!

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Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo

If you have only watched the highlights, or your memory is failing you, it’s possible that you only remember Max Holloway dominating Jose Aldo in the final moments of their bout at UFC 212.

After Holloway crashed a heavy series of punches into Aldo’s head, he continued to pour on a destructive series of strikes to end the fight.

However, what most people are forgetting is that Jose Aldo looked superb in round one and won round two on all three judge’s scorecards. He was winning every exchange and managed to rock Holloway with a devastating combination in the opening minutes. Holloway, who generally starts slowly, took a while to get going and Aldo made him pay the price.

The last time these two met, Aldo entered as the favorite. This time, however, Aldo is a significant underdog as the public wants to bet on the side that they have seen win this match before.

But remember, nothing is ever the same in mixed martial arts and there was a clear reason why Aldo was the favorite in their first matchup.

We recommend betting on the underdog in Jose Aldo (who is arguably the greatest featherweight of all-time, mind you!).

Bet: Jose Aldo to win
Odds: +254 ($3.55 or 51/20)

UFC 218 fight card

UFC 218 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 6:15 pm (11:15pm GMT) ET on Saturday, 2 December.

Main Card

Pay-per-view (10:00pm ET / 03:00am GMT)

  • Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

Prelims

Fox Sports 1 (8:00pm ET / 1:00am GMT)

  • Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • David Teymur vs. Drakkar Klose
  • Felice Herrig vs. Cortney Casey

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

UFC Fight Pass (6:15pm ET / 11:15pm GMT)

  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana

UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping vs. Gastelum

UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping vs. Gastelum

In what is an unbelievable turn of events, Michael Bisping has stepped up just three weeks after losing to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 to replace Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122. Bisping will be facing middleweight star athlete Kelvin Gastelum as the UFC heads to Shanghai, China for an exciting event that features many up-and-coming Chinese martial artists.

It took the return of one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever to stop Michael Bisping’s reign at the top of the UFC middleweight division. Bisping had racked up five consecutive wins before facing the Canadian on November 4. Bisping looked slow in comparison to St-Pierre early in the contest but looked to be gaining momentum in the contest after damaging St-Pierre from his full guard. In the third round, however, St-Pierre executed a brilliant series which forced Bisping to give up his back before St-Pierre sunk in the rear-naked choke and submitted the champion.

Kelvin Gastelum will be entering UFC Fight Night 122 after having his two-fight winning streak broken by Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25. After wins against Johny Hendricks, Tim Kennedy and a KO/TKO of Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 106 (later ruled a no-contest), it looked as though Gastelum would be a tough test for anyone in the division. However, Weidman disposed of Gastelum in the third round via submission. Interestingly, Gastelum continues to compete at middleweight for this bout after declaring that he would drop down to welterweight again.

In the co-main event, UFC fan-favorite Li “The Leech” Jingliang will get a chance to compete in front of his fans in China as he takes on Zak Ottow in what is sure to be an explosive matchup. “The Leech” has put together three consecutive wins against Anton Zafir, Bobby Nash, and Frank Camacho before earning himself a deserved featured spot at UFC Fight Night 122. Zak Ottow is 2-1 through his time with the UFC so far and has scored split decision wins against Josh Burkman and Kiichi Kunimoto but lost a split decision against Sergio Moraes.

The always entertaining Alex Caceres finds himself matched up against Chinese Wang Guan. Wang is regarded as one of the very best mixed martial artists through all of China and this is scheduled to be his first fight in the promotion after signing earlier in 2017. Wang has managed an impressive record of 19-1-1 through his professional mixed martial arts career but has been untested by the type of competition he will be facing inside the UFC’s octagon. Caceres’ record might not be the most impressive (13-10), but he has been competing against some of the best in the UFC’s featherweight division for a long time now.

To get the main card started, 13-1 Muslim Salikhov will be stepping into the UFC’s octagon for the first time. Salikhov will be matched against Alex Garcia who has struggled to find consistency with his results lately in the promotion. Garcia is a difficult matchup for anyone making their UFC debut, but Salikhov’s record suggests that he is a man up to the task.

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Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum

This main event is undoubtedly much more intriguing due to the fact that Michael Bisping was on the receiving end of a beatdown from Georges St-Pierre not that long ago. With the fire burning inside of him and an urge to get back in there and get things back on the right track, Bisping accepted this fight against Gastelum.

First things first, Gastelum is a small middleweight. While that means he can’t grapple or stick for too long with the Weidman’s of the division, it also means that his hands are lightning-fast for the division. His boxing ability is already excellent and this could be the key difference coming into this fight with Bisping. It seems likely that Gastelum will be able to answer back with counter shots every time Bisping attempts a poor strike.

Alternatively, Bisping does have the ability to hurt Gastelum from long range. If he can’t hurt him enough to end the fight, Bisping also has the cardio to take this one deep into the fight and then do the damage there or win it on the scorecards.

Gastelum’s striking is nasty, but there’s no way Bisping should be this underrated by the bookmakers. We’ll make the most of it.

Bet: Michael Bisping to win
Odds: +215 (54/25, $3.16)

UFC Fight Night 122 fight card

UFC Fight Night 122 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 3:45 am (8:45am GMT) ET on Saturday, November 25.

Main Card

UFC Fight Pass (7:00am ET / 12:00pm GMT)

  • Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Li Jinglian vs. Zak Ottow
  • Wang Guan vs. Alex Caceres
  • Muslim Salikhov vs. Alex Garcia

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

UFC Fight Pass (3:45 am ET / 8:45am GMT)

  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Kenan Song vs. Bobby Nash
  • Kailin Curran vs. Xiaonan Yan
  • Pingyuan Liu vs. Bharat Khandare
  • Chase Sherman vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
  • Yanan Wu vs. Gina Mazany
  • Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy
  • Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron

UFC Fight Night 121: Werdum vs. Tybura

UFC Fight Night 121: Werdum vs. Tybura – Odds, Betting Guide, and Predictions

The UFC heads to Sydney, Australia to treat the fans in the land “Down Under” with a fascinating heavyweight battle at the top of the event. UFC Fight Night 121 was originally supposed to feature Mark Hunt. Hunt was later pulled from the card after the UFC cited medical concerns.

This is Fabricio Werdum’s return to the octagon after appearing at UFC 216 in October. Werdum was scheduled to face Derrick Lewis at the UFC’s pay-per-view, but Lewis was forced to withdraw on late notice after experiencing a back injury. Fortunately for Werdum, Walt Harris stepped up to the plate just hours before the event began. However, Harris was obviously no match for one of the greatest heavyweight fighters in the history of MMA, and Werdum submitted him with an exceptional armbar in just 65 seconds.

Werdum will be facing off with Poland’s Marcin Tybura who is now 3-1 during his time in the UFC. After losing his debut match with the organization to Timothy Johnson, Tybura has since defeated Viktor Pesta, Luis Henrique, and Andrei Arlovski. After smashing the aging Arlovski in the first round in Singapore, he surprisingly dropped the second round but managed to win the third round to score a decision victory.

Two ferocious Australian women’s strawweight fighters stand toe-to-toe in the co-main event when Jessy Rose-Clark meets Bec Rawlings. Rose-Clark will step in to replace Joanne Calderwood after Calderwood was forced to withdraw from the event due to undisclosed reasons. Bec Rawlings enters UFC Fight Night 121 on a two-fight losing streak. Rawlings was on the receiving end of a brilliant knockout blow from Paige VanZant at UFC on FOX 21 and then unsuccessfully returned to the cage against Tecia Torres in February. Rawlings has previously competed in Australia under the UFC banner twice in her career and won both of those bouts.

Two fighters with memorable nicknames will face off on the main card in Sydney when Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means meets Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad. Despite each of these fighters battling inconsistencies through their time in the UFC, they have both proven to be incredibly dangerous welterweight contenders. Means is a powerful and efficient striker who will need to keep his distance against the relentless attack of Muhammad. Belal recently clawed his way to two consecutive decision victories against Randy Brown and Jordan Mein.

Jake Matthews gets a chance to redeem himself in front of his fans in Australia in what should be an exciting contest with Bojan Velickovic. After starting 4-2 in the UFC with losses to James Vick and Kevin Lee, Matthews surprisingly lost a fight with Andrew Holbrook in Melbourne at UFC Fight Night 101. Like Matthews, Bojan Velickovic entered the organization with plenty of potential but has struggled to a 2-2-1 record in his time with the UFC. Velickovcic fought Darren Till to a decision most recently at UFC Fight Night 115. There’s every chance that these two martial artists are fighting for their right to remain in the UFC.

Elias Theodorou and Daniel Kelly get set to face off in Sydney with identical 13-2 records. Both of these fighters experienced defeat in their most recent bout. For Theodorou, he struggled against the outstanding striking of Brad Tavares at The Ultimate 25 Finale. Daniel Kelly, after working his way through four consecutive opponents, was knocked out by Derek Brunson in New Zealand.

An Australia vs. New Zealand matchup will start the main card when Alexander Volkanovski faces Shane Young in a featherweight bout. Young, like many fighters from New Zealand, has been fighting in China recently and has managed a five-fight win streak. He’ll be making his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 121 against the 15-1 Volkanovski who continues to impress in the UFC.

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Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura

While it is easy to select Fabricio Werdum as the winner in this contest, it becomes increasingly difficult to consider how or when Werdum will stop his opponent.

Werdum’s obviously capable of finishing any heavyweight when the fight hits the mat, considering his exceptional submission skills. However, Tybura is a hard man to keep down. He rises back to his feet with strength and power that has resulted in hardly any opponents being able to pin him down on the canvas for long.

On the feet, Tybura and Werdum both pack stopping power and will respect the strikes of the other. There’s a chance that this heavyweight contest goes deep into the rounds and therefore the best value bet for this contest is selecting ‘Total Rounds – Over 2.5’.

Bet: Total Rounds – Over 2.5
Odds: -125 (4/5, $1.80)

UFC Fight Night 121 fight card

UFC Fight Night 121 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 6:30 pm ET on Saturday, November 18.

Main Card

FS1 (10:00pm ET / 2:00am GMT)

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Bec Rawlings vs. Joanne Calderwood
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Elias Theodorou vs. Daniel Kelly
  • Alexander Volkanovski vs. Humberto Bandenay

Prelims

FS1 (8:00pm ET / 12:00am GMT)

  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Damien Brown vs. Frank Camacho

Fight Pass Prelims

UFC Fight Pass (6:30pm ET / 10:30pm GMT)

  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton

Bellator 188: Lahat vs. Labiano

Bellator 188 Lahat vs. Labiano

Some of the leading Israeli fighters in the world will step into the Bellator cage this weekend when the promotion heads to Tel Aviv, Israel for Bellator 188.

A Bellator Featherweight Championship bout between Patricio Freire and Daniel Weichel was the original headliner for this event. However, “Pitbull” Freire withdrew from the event on November 12 due to “multiple injuries.” Now, the event will see Jeremiah Labiano and Noad Lahat go at each other in the main event of the evening.

Noad Lahat (11-3), a local Israeli favorite, will fit straight into the headlining role after managing a 2-1 record in his three fights within Bellator so far. Prior to Bellator, Lahat had a stint in the UFC in which he scored two wins and two losses. His opponent, Jeremiah Labiano (11-5), is also 2-1 during his time with Bellator. After picking up wins against Vince Murdock and Stephen Cervantes, Labiano was scheduled to battle rising star James Gallagher at Bellator 187. However, the contest didn’t eventuate and now Labiano finds himself battling Lahat in Israel.

John Salter (14-3) and Jason Radcliffe (12-4) will do battle in the co-main event at Bellator 188. Salter and Radcliffe are experiencing different trajectories with Salter entering the fight with six consecutive victories and Radcliffe suffering two-straight defeats. Salter, at the age of 32, has managed to rejuvenate his career after joining Bellator in 2015 and he has now finished all of his last six opponents in either the first or second round. This will be Radcliffe’s fifth consecutive bout in a different promotion. He has also managed to fight for a championship in three of his last four contests. He defeated Wilfried Edmund to win the Contender Norwich title before losing to Oskar Piechota and Shane Mitchell.

In what should be an exciting female flyweight bout, Denise Kieholtz (0-1) will compete against Jessica Middleton (2-2). Kieholtz recently featured in a Bellator Kickboxing match in 2016 against Gloria Peritore and lost a split decision. This will be her first MMA competition for the promotion. Middleton’s career has hit a roadblock after running into top women’s flyweights Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Emily Ducote consecutively. Essentially, Middleton now finds herself just underneath the quality required to stand in there with the champion.

Also on the main card is Israeli Haim Gozali (7-4) who is up against Arsen Faitovich (4-1). Gozali joined Bellator in November 2016 after a four-year layoff and has since gone 1-1 in his time with the organization. 24-year-old Faitovich, who fights out of Ukraine, will make his Bellator debut after fighting in local organizations in Ukraine through his five-fight career. He’s finished all four of his wins before the third round.

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Jeremiah Labiano vs. Noad Lahat

Jeremiah Labiano is a talented black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who is looking to make a statement after missing out on an opportunity to fight James Gallagher last weekend. Labiano is exceptional on the mat but has some room for improvement in the stand-up game. He certainly packs power in his hands, but he needs to find a way to land his strikes consistently in order to set up his takedowns.

Labiano might not have to worry about his striking defense too much against Noad Lahat, however. Lahat is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with excellent grappling ability thanks to his second-degree black belt in Judo.

What’s concerning about Lahat going into this contest is how he faded significantly after the first round with Henry Corrales at Bellator 182. After an impressive start, he slowed down enough to let Corrales take over and win the contest via decision. Despite a small spark of renewed energy in round three, that lasted for just under a minute, his explosiveness and athleticism faded so much that he wasn’t able to win the grappling or standing exchanges.

Prediction: Jeremiah Labiano by submission – Round 2

Bet: Jeremiah Labiano to win
Odds: +373 ($4.73, 373/100)

Bellator 188 fight card and start time

Bellator 188 starts on Thursday, November 16 at 10:30am ET (2:30pm GMT), but will air on Spike the following day (Friday, November 17) at 9:00pm ET (1:00am GMT).

Main Card

Spike TV – Friday, November 17 (9:00pm ET / 1:00am GMT)

  • Jeremiah Labiano vs. Noad Lahat
  • John Salter vs. Jason Radcliffe
  • Denise Kieholtz vs. Jessica Middleton
  • Haim Gozali vs. Arsen Faitovich
  • Kirill Medvedovski vs. Luiz Rocha

Prelims

Spike.com – Friday, November 17 (7:00pm ET / 11:00pm GMT)

  • Shimon Gosh vs. Francisco Silva
  • Olga Rubin vs. Joana Magalhaes
  • Oron Kahlon vs. Julian Maloku
  • Alex Nikulin vs. Rami Abuhav
  • Almog Shay vs. Anthony Mor
  • Alex Trofimov vs. David Abisror
  • Netanel Parisi vs. Or Eliov
  • Adam Keresh vs. Roma Kushnir
  • Ivan Solomatov vs. Moshiko Ben Shimol
  • Raz Bring vs. Nadeem Kablan
  • Matan Levi vs. Erik Sianov
  • Assaf Batan vs. Mor Atias

UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier vs. Pettis

UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier vs. Pettis

Just one week after the UFC’s breakthrough pay-per-view of 2017, UFC 217, the promotion heads to Norfolk, Virginia with a fascinating fight card.

The event is headlined by a superb lightweight contest between Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis. Poirier and Pettis remain two of the toughest challenges in the UFC’s deep lightweight division and will battle it out for the opportunity to stay relevant in the hunt for a UFC title. For Pettis, he is a former champion and has since been looking for a path back to the top. Poirier, on the other hand, has always been hovering outside of title contention but a win over Pettis moves him right up there in the rankings.

In the co-main event, Matt Brown will have his very last fight in the UFC. He will be battling it out against Diego Sanchez in a welterweight contest. The 36-year-old Brown is on a three-fight losing streak, although at the hands of stiff competition in the welterweight division including Maia, Ellenberger, and Cerrone. Sanchez enters this contest after swapping wins and losses since 2014. He most recently lost to Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 108.

Heavyweight veteran Andrei Arlovski will be thrown to the wolves yet again when he faces Junior Albini in. Albini entered the UFC at UFC on FOX 25 and floored Timothy Johnson just minutes into round one. His boxing looked crisp, and he should pose a significant threat to many of the UFC’s heavyweight division. Arlovski enters this fight on a five-fight losing streak and having lost to two of the UFC’s best up-and-coming heavyweight prospects consecutively. A defeat at UFC Fight Night 120 could make it three in a row.

Also on the card, Nate Marquardt does battle with Cezar Ferreira, Raphael Assuncao will face off with Matthew Lopez in an important bantamweight contest, and Joe Lauzon will stand toe-to-toe with the ever-dangerous Clay Guida.

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We enjoyed a fantastic bet on T.J. Dillashaw last week at UFC 217 to take home the UFC Bantamweight Championship after entering as a +158 underdog.

This week you will find us betting on Dustin Poirier to get the job done against Anthony Pettis.

Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis

If you are simply basing your predictions off a fighter’s resume, it makes sense to bet on Anthony Pettis in this spot. Pettis has long been one of the most feared and talented fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division after his spectacular time at WEC. Recently, though, Pettis is 2-4 in his last six fights with losses to Rafael dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza and Max Holloway. His two wins in this time have been against Charles Oliveira and Jim Miller. Despite losing to all of these tough opponents, he has never been far off the pace and managed to showcase his unique abilities in each of the fights.

Like Pettis, Poirier steps into the cage this weekend after defeating Jim Miller most recently. After that fight, he battled Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211 and stunned Alvarez badly before the fight was later called a no contest after Alvarez was deemed to land a knee to his grounded opponent accidentally. However, we can extract information from this fight, and we saw Poirier has greatly improved his boxing ability and composure inside the cage.

Pettis may look the better fighter in the early stages, but expect Poirier to find his range and land a knockout blow on Anthony Pettis this weekend.

Bet: Anthony Pettis to win
Odds: +110 (11/10, $2.10)

Bonus Accumulator Bet

There are five underdogs across UFC Fight Night 120 which we believe to have outstanding value.

  • Dustin Poirier
  • Diego Sanchez
  • Matthew Lopez
  • Joe Lauzon

By combining these four selections into an accumulator (multi bet) we get exceptional odds of 52/1.

UFC Fight Night 120 fight card

UFC Fight Night 120 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 6:30 pm ET on Saturday, November 11.

Main Card

FS1 (10:00pm ET / 2:00am GMT)

  • Dustin Poirier (+108) vs. Anthony Pettis (-122)
  • Matt Brown (-290) vs. Diego Sanchez (+261)
  • Junior Albini (-231) vs. Andrei Arlovski (+210)
  • Nate Marquardt (+198) vs. Cezar Ferreira (-226)
  • Raphael Assuncao (-285) vs. Matthew Lopez (+249)
  • Joe Lauzon (-101) vs. Clay Guida (-108)

Prelims

FS1 (8:00pm ET / 12:00am GMT)

  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Pereira
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones
  • Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff

Fight Pass Prelims

UFC Fight Pass (6:30pm ET / 10:30pm GMT)

  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Darren Stewart vs. Karl Roberson

Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore

Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore

Bellator goes back-to-back with weekly events when Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore arrives in Dublin, Ireland on Friday, November 10.

Bellator 187 was originally supposed to feature a contest between up-and-coming star James Gallagher and Jeremiah Labiano as the main event for the Irish fans. However, a knee injury has forced Gallagher out of the event, and now the event sees the undefeated A.J. McKee up against Brian Moore in a featherweight contest.

McKee is one of Bellator’s best-rising talents and will be headlining an event for the first time this weekend. He arrived in Bellator in 2015 and has since racked up nine wins as he continues to learn, develop and improve during his time with the organization. McKee will not be in for much of a challenge this week as he faces Brian Moore who has ten wins and five losses to his name. Moore has competed in Bellator twice now and lost to Daniel Weichel on his debut before defeating Michal Horejsi.

The co-main event features Ireland’s own Sinead Kavanagh as she takes on France’s Maria Casanova in a women’s featherweight contest. Kavanagh trains out of Straight Blast Gym in Ireland and will be looking to bounce back after experiencing a split decision loss to Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 182.

Former UFC fighter, Charlie Ward will make his debut with Bellator, also. Ward is another of Ireland’s fighters who train with Straight Blast Gym, the same gym as Conor McGregor underneath the tutelage of John Kavanagh. Ward will face John Redmond in a middleweight contest.

Also on the main card, Kevin Ferguson Jr. returns shortly after making quick work of DJ Griffin at Bellator 179. Kevin Ferguson Jr. is the son of the late Kimbo Slice and will be looking to make a name for himself in Bellator. He will compete in a catchweight bout against Fred Freeman, who won his professional mixed martial arts debut after a 3-6 amateur career.

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Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Fred Freeman

Overall, backing value plays in this event is just a matter of crossing your fingers and hoping that the significant underdogs can sneak in a win.

While Maria Casanova, John Redmond and Fred Freeman all have a chance of upsetting their opponents (despite what the bookmakers are suggesting), it is Freeman that catches our eye the most in the lead-up to Bellator 187.

Freeman is an experienced martial artist who had nine amateur bouts before successfully winning his professional debut. He’s not going to take the world by storm and (let’s face it), he might not even be in a major promotion by this time next year, but he is a real threat to Kevin Ferguson this weekend in Dublin, Ireland.

Freeman is extremely opportunistic and even the most minor of slip-ups from “Baby Slice” could allow Ferguson to cause an upset.

Bet: Fred Freeman to win
Odds: +333 (10/3, $4.33)

Bellator 187 fight card

Bellator 187 begins on Spike.com from 7:00 pm ET on Friday, November 10.

Main Card

FS1 (9:00pm ET / 1:00am GMT)

  • A.J. McKee vs. Brian Moore
  • Sinead Kavanagh vs. Maria Casanova
  • Charlie Ward vs. John Redmond
  • Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Fred Freeman

Prelims

FS1 (7:00pm ET / 11:00pm GMT)

  • Decky Dalton vs. Andre Goncalves
  • Paul Redmond vs. Serio de Jesus Santos

Bellator 186: Bader vs. Vassell

Bellator is back with yet another high-stakes event. This time, there are two titles up for grabs at Bellator 186 as Ryan Bader looks to defend his Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship for the first time and also two talented female flyweights will battle it out for the inaugural Bellator Women’s Flyweight Championship. The card also features some extremely gifted up-and-coming prospects including Ed Ruth and Logan Storley.

Ryan Bader had the dream Bellator debut after crossing over from UFC. He first featured at Bellator NYC and won a split decision against Phil Davis to claim the Light Heavyweight Championship. For Bader, this means he is now on a three-fight winning streak and his only loss in the last four years has been to Anthony Johnson. Unfortunately for fans, the fight with Davis at Bellator NYC was quite slow and uneventful. To defeat Vassell at Bellator 186, Bader will need to be a little more active than usual.

Vassell is a submission machine who enters this fight after winning his last three fights. He most recently submitted Liam McGeary at Bellator 179 and has now managed a 7-2 record inside the promotion. Vassell previously challenged for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship back at Bellator 130 but was submitted by Emanuel Newton 47 seconds into the final round. He would later go on to avenge this loss by defeating Newton at Bellator 149.

The co-main event has the potential to the most exciting fight of the night. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Emily Ducote will go to war for the inaugural Bellator Women’s Flyweight Championship. The two previously met in December of 2016 in which Macfarlane would go on to win a unanimous decision. Macfarlane then also defeated Jessica Middleton at Bellator 178 to move her record to an impressive 6-0 as a professional which is backed up by 5-0 amateur MMA record, also.

Despite losing to Macfarlane previously, Ducote is still right up there with the top talent in Bellator’s flyweight division. She proved this by defeating Katy Collins and Jessica Middleton after losing to Macfarlane to mark her place as a worthy challenger for the first-ever title fight for the division.

Also on Bellator 186 is Zach Freeman’s next fight after shocking Aaron Pico at Bellator NYC. He will face the experienced Saad Awad in what is sure to be an entertaining affair. Phil Davis will fight Leo Leite in the second bout of the main card and to kick things off; Ed Ruth will face Chris Dempsey.

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Ryan Bader vs. Linton Vassell

This Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship bout is sure to be exciting. Well, hopefully, more exciting than Bader’s last contest against Phil Davis. Bader is up against the submission artist Vassell who has clawed his way back to a title opportunity and now that he is finally here again, he will be giving it his all to come away with the championship.

Ryan Bader feels disrespected by Linton Vassell in the lead up to this fight. Bader believes he has been fighting the best guys for over 15 fights now and that Vassell is no match for him. Rather than grinding out a decision, expect Bader to seek the finishing blow before the 25 minutes are up.

Bet: Total Rounds – Under 4.5
Odds: -106 (15/16, $1.94)

Bellator 186 card

Bellator 186 begins on Spike.com from 7:00 pm ET on Friday, November 3

Main Card

Spike TV (9:00pm ET / 1:00am GMT)

  • Ryan Bader (-412) vs. Linton Vassell (+353)
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (-293) vs. Emily Ducote (+257)
  • Ed Ruth (-494) vs. Chris Dempsey (+421)
  • Phil Davis (-587) vs. Leo Leite (+478)
  • Zach Freeman (+191) vs. Saad Awad (-219)

Prelims

Spike.com (7:00pm ET / 11:00pm GMT)

  • Logan Storley vs. Matt Secor
  • Tywan Claxton vs. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman
  • Mike Trizano vs. Mike Otwell
  • Ryan Parker vs. Joshua Fremd
  • Andrew Salas vs. Ethan Goss
  • Frank Buenafuente vs. Francis Healy
  • Matt Lozano vs. Dominic Mazzotta
  • Mike Wilkins vs. Brett Martinez
  • Mike Putnam vs. Scott Clymer