After one of the most craziest weeks in MMA, we take a week off of UFC and get ready for a HUGE week over at Bellator. This week, the Heavyweight Grand Prix Semi Finals will take place on Friday and Saturday Night as Bellator puts on events on back-to-back nights.
Bellator 207 will take place on Friday, October 12, 2018 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and will feature Matt Mitrione facing Ryan Bader in the first half of the Heavyweight Grand Prix Semi Finals.
On Friday Night, we will also see Kimbo Slice’s son, Kevin Ferguson Jr. making his 5th pro fight. Ferguson is a much smaller fighter than his father Kimbo was, fighting in the Lightweight Division compared to Kimbo fighting in the Heavyweight Division.
Bellator 208 will take place the next night, Saturday, October 13, 2018, from the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York and will feature the other half of the Heavyweight Grand Prix matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen.
Saturday’s card will feature several fighters that use to fight in the UFC. We will get a Heavyweight battle between two former UFC Vets as Cheick Kongo takes on recently terminated Timothy Johnson. Johnson will be making his first appearance outside the UFC since being let go by the premier promotion in the world.
We will also get to see former UFC and WEC Welterweight and Lightweight Title Contender Ben Henderson taking on Saad Awad, who is riding a 4 fight win streak.
Both of these cards are stacked with some really great fights and for the betting public, if you like betting on the underdog, then you will love this card as both cards offer some great value in the underdogs. Let’s take a look at both cards.
Bellator 207 Fight Card
Matt Mitrione 13-5 vs. Ryan Bader
Roy Nelson 23-15 vs. Sergei Kharitonov 28-7
Kevin Ferguson Jr 3-1 vs. Corey Browning 3-2
Carrington Banks 7-1 vs. Mandel Nallo 6-0
Lorenz Larkin 19-7 vs. Ion Pascu 18-8
Michael Kimbel 1-0 vs. Alex Potts 1-0
Sean Lally 8-3 vs. Kemran Lachinov 6-2
Kastriot Xhema 2-1 vs. Pat Casey 3-0
Sinead Kavanagh 5-2 vs. Janay Harding 3-3
Nicholas Giulietti 0-0 vs. Alex Ortiz 1-0
Alexandra Ballou 0-0 vs. Lisa Blaine 2-2
Andre Fialho 9-1 vs. Javier Torres 10-4
Kristi Lopez 2-0-1 vs. Sarah Click 1-2
Tim Caron 9-1 vs. Vinicius de Jesus 5-2
Bellator 208 Fight Card
Fedor Emelianenko 37-5 vs. Chael Sonnen 30-15-1
Ben Henderson 25-8 vs. Saad Awad 23-9
Cheick Kongo 28-10-2 vs. Timothy Johnson 12-4
Alexander Shlemenko 57-11 vs. Anatoly Tokov 26-3
Henry Corrales 15-3 vs. Andy Main 12-3-1
Tommy Espinosa 5-1 vs. Suhrob Aidarbekov 5-3
Frank Buenafuente 9-4 vs. James Gonzalez 4-3
Jeremy Puglia 0-1 vs. Eric Olsen 0-1
Mike DiOrio 1-2 vs. Andrews Rodriguez 0-0
Zarrukh Adashev 0-1 vs. Christian Medina 0-1
Ryan Castro 0-1 vs. Dennis Buzukia 0-0
Jerome Mickle 3-6 vs. Nick Fiore 2-3
Robson Gracie Jr 0-0 vs. Jamal Pottinger 0-0
Jennifer Chieng 0-0 vs. Jessica Ruiz 0-0
Shaquan Moore 5-3 vs. David Meshkhoradze 0-0
Bellator 207 & 208 Top Plays
Ryan Bader -250 over Matt Mitrione – Ryan Bader’s wrestling is going to be the difference in this fight. Mitrione is going to be a much larger fighter and have a major size advantage but Bader’s wrestling will be the equalizer. Also, Bader will keep the pace of the fight relatively fast and push Mitrione’s cardio to the limits. Bader should win this fight via 3rd rd TKO.
Bellator 207 & 208 Underdog with a Shot Play
Andy Main +391 over Henry Corrales – The way to beat Henry Corrales has been through submitting him and it just so happens that Andy Main is a very dangerous ground fighter. If Main can get this fight to the ground, he can easily submit Corrales.