Bellator 182 took place on Friday (August 25, 2017), with the card headlined by a welterweight bout between former champion Andrey Koreshkov and rising contender Chidi Njokuani. Closing odds are courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook.
Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights…
Favorites that Won
Koreshkov was able to secure takedowns multiple times in the first round. Once he had Njokuani flattened out, he was relentless with ground-and-pound, forcing John McCarthy to step in and stop the fight, earning himself a TKO victory. Koreshkov closed as a big -310 favorite while Njokuani was a +255 underdog.
AJ McKee cruised to a unanimous-decision victory over Blair Tugman in a fight where he was never in trouble. McKee closed as the biggest favorite on the card at -1800 with Tugman a massive +1150 underdog.
After dropping round one, Ricky Rainey turned it on in the final two rounds to win a clear decision over Marc Stevens. Rainey closed at -400 while Stevens was +310.
Vadim Nemkov dominated Phillipe Lins in his Bellator debut. He landed strikes throughout the opening round before dropping Lins with a right hand and following up with strikes on the mat before the referee stepped in to call the contest. Nemkov closed at -270 while Lins was +210.
Daniel Pineda acquitted himself well in this fight, winning the first round, and he was perhaps ahead in the second round. But an axe kick Georgi Karakhanyan landed cut Pineda open, forcing the doctor to examine the cut and stop the fight. Karakhanyan closed as a -195 while Pineda was +160 in defeat.
After a fairly close first round, Chris Honeycutt poured it on Kevin Casey from full mount in the second round to earn a TKO victory for his fourth straight win in Bellator. Honeycutt closed as a big fave at -610 with Casey at +425.
Arlene Blencowe was in a back-and-forth fight with Sinead Kavanagh, winning a split decision after taking two rounds on two judges’ scorecards. Blencowe closed at -120 while Kavanagh was +110.
Underdogs that Won
Bruna Ellen was able to secure takedowns at key points in the fight to earn a split decision victory in a close contest against Veta Arteaga. Ellen closed as the biggest dog to cash at +160 while Arteaga was -185.
Henry Corrales landed the better strikes in all three rounds to secure a unanimous-decision win over Noad Lahat. Corrales closed as a slight +105 fave with Lahat -115.
Pick’em Fighter that Won
After dropping the first two rounds to Brennan Ward, Fernando Gonzalez needed a finish in the third round to win. He was able to do just that by submitting Ward to earn the come-from-behind victory. Both Gonzalez and Ward closed at -110.
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