Bellator Newcastle takes place Saturday, February 9 at Utilita Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the full odds for the main card, and here they are.
Bellator Newcastle Odds
Patricky Pitbull -510
Ryan Scope +340
Aaron Chalmers -275
Corey Browning +195
Terry Brazier -530
Chris Bungard +350
Fabian Edwards -380
Lee Chadwick +280
And here are my initial thoughts on the Bellator Newcastle opening lines:
- Like many Bellator cards, this one is full of big favorites. Most of them should win, including Pitbull in the main event against Scope. The big different here is obviously the experience and level of competition faced. Pitbull has been one of the best lightweights in Bellator for years (and probably one of the most underrated lightweights in the sport) while Scope is a Bellator newcomer who hasn’t fought anyone of note, save for a split decision win over former UFC fighter Mickel Lebout in his last bout. Scope has actually been involved in the sport since a teenager, but has never really made it big, while Pitbull remains one of the best lightweights in Bellator. I expect Pitbull to get his hand raised and he’ll be a popular parlay piece amongst bettors.
- I’m not totally sold on Chalmers and I wouldn’t be surprised if Browning pulled off another upset. Chalmers does have four first-round finishes, but the former reality TV star in England has been getting easy matchups by the matchmakers. Browning wasn’t supposed to be competitive against Baby Slice in his Bellator debut, but he ended up finishing Kevin Ferguson Jr. by knockout in one of the biggest upsets of 2018 in MMA. I think Browning is probably a bit better than most of us think he is, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he got the upset here. As far as I’m concerned, this is a dog-or-pass situation.
- Brazier is making his Bellator with a ton of hype as a former BAMMA champion. He’s won his last nine fights and hasn’t tasted defeat since a 2015 knockout loss which was his lone career defeat. Bungard has a decent amount of experience on the European regional circuit and is a decent gatekeeper type of fighter, but this is clearly Bellator looking to match up Brazier with a guy who he can beat in his promotional debut. Like Pitbull, I expect Brazier to win this fight handily and expect him to be a popular parlay piece as well.
- Like Pitbull and Brazier, Edwards looks like he’ll be a popular chalk piece too. The brother of the UFC’s Leon is just 5-0 and he’s only 25, meaning he has a bright MMA career ahead of him. Chadwick is a veteran of 40 fights and has fought many of England’s top fighters, but he’s been finished nine times, including four knockout losses, and this looks like another fight where the heavy favorite should shine. I would definitely keep your eye out for the Edwards inside the distance props, but he’s another guy to think about putting into a Bellator chalk parlay.
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