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October 13th, 2018
Pig Lord

In a heavyweight fight that’s likely to be a hideous grindfest, this contest will be infinitely more exciting for those of us who have money on the line. Both former UFC heavyweights will look to score an emphatic win in order to fight for the Bellator title in the not too distant future. From Kickboxer…

October 12th, 2018
Adam Martin.

Bellator 208 takes place Saturday, October 13 at Nassau Colliseum in Unionville, New York. The offshore sportsbooks recently released the full opening odds for the card, and here they are.  Bellator 208 Opening Odds Fedor Emelianenko -300Chael Sonnen +220 Benson Henderson -350Saad Awad +250 Cheick Kongo -245Tim Johnson +175 Alexander Shlemenko -120Anatoly Tokov -120 Henry…

February 18th, 2017
Gabe Killian

Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione Date: February 18, 2017 Arena: SAP Center City: San Jose, CA Bellator Fighting Championship is back this Saturday (February 18, 2017) with Bellator 172: Fedor vs Mitrione. The five-fight main card is scheduled to kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV, with preliminary action preceding it on the…

February 18th, 2017
Jay Primetown

Prior to each UFC fight card, Jay Primetown takes a look at some of the key contests at each event. In the latest installment, we look at a main card at Bellator 172 in San Jose, California as Cheick Kongo takes on Oli Thompson. Cheick Kongo (Record: 25-10, -265 Favorite) The longtime heavyweight and one…

January 5th, 2017
Brian Hemminger

Khalil Rountree vs. Daniel Jolly added to UFC Fight Night 104 fight card Next month (February 4, 2017), former Ultimate Fighter light heavyweight finalist Khalil Rountree will lock horns with Daniel Jolly (5-1). Rountree (4-2), lost a decision to Andrew Sanchez in the TUF 23 Finale and in his second UFC fight, he knocked down Tyson…

September 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Bellator 161 takes place in Cedar Park, Texas this Friday night with a four-fight main card that will air on Spike TV. The card is headlined by a heavyweight matchup between Cheick Kongo and Tony Johnson. Yes, Kongo is still headlining events in 2016. A win here for either fighter could lead to a heavyweight…

February 26th, 2016
James Lynch

Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas championship rematch pulled from Bellator 150  Bellator officials Thursday announced that bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao suffered an illness and was removed from Bellator 150’s main event. Because of the short notice, his opponent Eduardo Dantas was also pulled from the card. Instead a heavyweight matchup between Cheick Kongo and Vinicius Queiroz has been promoted…

February 24th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After what was one of the most memorable (not necessarily for the best reasons) Bellator cards of all time, the promotion tries to get back to the real fights. Marcos Galvao defending his bantamweight title against Eduardo Dantas (in a rematch of their 2013 bout that Dantas won by KO) is far better than anything…

December 22nd, 2015
James Lynch

Cheick Kongo vs. Augusto Sakai added to Bellator 150 fight card Kongo (23-10-2) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over  former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov at  Bellator 139 in June. The 40-year old has gone 5-2 since signing with Bellator in 2013. Sakai (9-0) last fought in November at Bellator 145 where he earned a unanimous decision over Alex Huddleston….

June 24th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

For the first time since October 2014, Bellator will be holding events on back-to-back weeks. Last week, the organization put on the most-watched show in its history, as Kimbo Slice defeated Ken Shamrock in an absurdly entertaining fight and event. Scott Coker and company will be hoping that some of the audience from last week…

June 23rd, 2015
James Lynch

While fans recover from last weekends MMA hangover with Bellator 138, the Viacom owned promotion is back this Friday with an action packed event for Bellator 139. With fighters like Cheick Kongo, David Rickels and Joe Shilling, this card has no shortage of name value. Here are five reasons to tune into Bellator 139 on Friday night….

February 25th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The British are coming! The British are coming! Well… the British who aren’t injured or haven’t had their fights cancelled for some other reason are coming. Alright, three British dudes are coming. Liam McGeary, Paul Daley (on his second scheduled bout) and Linton Vassell will be flying the Union Jack at Bellator 134 against an…

September 5th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

While the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 50 is going down just 20 minutes away at Foxwoods Casino, Bellator will be live on Spike TV with their four-fight main card from the Mohegan Sun starting at 8pm ET. The scheduling of these two events is almost perfect for MMA fans, as the Bellator main…

September 3rd, 2014
Gabe Killian

Bellator 123 Date: September 5, 2014 Arena: Mohegan Sun Casino City: Uncasville, CT Heavyweight bout: Cheick Kongo (-230) vs Lavar Johnson (+190) Fight Breakdown: The co-main event for Bellator 123 will be a heavyweight contest between a pair of UFC veterans in Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson, with Kongo being the favorite at the sportsbooks…

September 2nd, 2014
Brad Taschuk

There’s already been one Bellator card since Scott Coker took over the reins of the promotion early this year, but Bellator 123 is the first event that Coker has really been able to put his stamp on. With that in mind, this looks very much like a Strikeforce card. It’s headlined by a solid title…

May 16th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 120 heavyweight Cheick Kongo as he prepares for his Spike TV bout this Saturday night (May 17, 2014) against Eric Smith at the Landers Center in South Haven, Mississippi. The veteran fighter is coming off a tough five-round title defeat at the hands of champion Vitaly Minakov, and…

May 16th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Yesterday, MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for the main card of Bellator’s upcoming pay-per-view card, featuring Michael Chandler and Will Brooks in an interim lightweight title bout, as well as the “freakshow” fight between Alexander Shlemenko and Tito Ortiz. However, before the organization heads over to PPV at 10pm, they have a…

April 4th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Bellator 115 took place tonight in Reno, Nevada, and the event overall was mediocre, as the promotion lost two fights on weigh-in day and had to scramble to fill the spaces at the last minute. From an odds point of view, two favorites cashed while one underdog won and one fight pushed. Here’s a betting…

April 4th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

Despite this being Vitaly Minakov’s first Bellator Heavyweight Title defense, the talented Russian has experienced this feeling several times before. Undefeated (13-0) in mixed martial arts, Minakov hails from an extensive combat sambo, judo and wrestling background, rising to the World Championship gold medal level for four straight years from 2008-2011. Since transitioning to mixed…

April 4th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Although this is one of the slowest MMA weeks in a very long time, don’t be mistaken, there is still plenty of fisticuffs to wager on for those with the urge. Bellator will kick things off on Friday night, and we released the opening odds for the original four-fight main card of Bellator 115 earlier…

April 4th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Reno, Nevada plays host to a Bellator card that has changed drastically in the last 24 hours, which has led this poor writer to re-doing most of this breakdown, but that’s okay – this is the life we chose, and it’s one we must trod through for you and for Bellator. This card lost a…

April 4th, 2014
Adam Martin.

The opening main card bout at Bellator 115 is a 195lb catchweight bout between Mikkel Parlo and Johnny “Tattooed Terror” Cisneros. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook lists Parlo as a -600 favorite (bet $600 to win $100) while Cisneros is a +450 underdog (bet $100 to win $450). MMA oddsmaker originally opened…

April 3rd, 2014
Adam Martin.

The main event of Bellator 115 is a five-round title fight between Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov and top contender Cheick Kongo. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook lists Minakov as a -280 favorite (bet $280 to win $100) while Kongo is a +240 underdog (bet $100 to win $160). MMA oddsmaker originally…

April 3rd, 2014
Adam Martin.

One of the main card bouts at Bellator 115 is a three-round welterweight semifinal fight between Andrey “The Spartan” Koreshkov and Sam “Sammy O” Oropeza. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook lists Koreshkov as a -420 favorite (bet $420 to win $100) while Oropeza is a +335 underdog (bet $100 to win $335)….

April 3rd, 2014
Gabe Killian

Bellator 115 Date: April 4, 2014 Arena: Reno Events Center City: Reno, NV Heavyweight title bout: Cheick Kongo (+240) vs Vitaly Minakov (-280) Fight Breakdown: The Bellator 115 main event will be a heavyweight title fight between champion Vitaly Minakov and challenger Cheick Kongo. Minakov is the favorite in this match-up at -280 ($280 to…

April 2nd, 2014
Gabe Killian

Bellator 115 will be live from the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV on Fri., April 4th, 2014 with 10 scheduled bouts, including a four-fight main card that will be broadcasted live on Spike TV at 9pm ET. Betting lines for the main card will be made available at 5Dimes. Kicking off the action on…

April 1st, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This Friday, Bellator puts on their fifth consecutive card with a title fight as a headliner when Cheick Kongo takes on reigning champion Vitaly Minakov for the organization’s heavyweight belt. The event will also see a middleweight join Brett Cooper in this season’s tournament final, and half of the welterweight final will be determined as…

April 1st, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 115 heavyweight Cheick Kongo as he prepares for his tournament bout on Friday night (April 4, 2014) against Vitaly Minakov at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The former UFC standout had a promising start to his Bellator career when he won a four-man heavyweight tournament to…

November 10th, 2013
Miguel

Bellator 107 went down this past Friday night (Nov. 8, 2013), with season nine tournament finals in the Heavyweight, Middleweight and Bantamweight divisions. The Heavyweight tournament saw Cheick Kongo take out Peter Graham, while the Bantamweight tourney saw Joe Warren earn a TKO victory over Travis Marks and Brennan Ward beat Mikkel Parlo via second…

November 8th, 2013
Brian Hemminger

Bellator 107 is in the books, and not one, not two but three future title challengers were crowned in the bantamweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions. Overall, four betting favorites hit while one underdog scored in a pretty entertaining night of fights. Here’s a betting recap for Bellator 107 based on the closing results at 5Dimes Sportsbook: Bellator…

November 8th, 2013
Brian Hemminger

Peter Graham wasn’t supposed to be in this position so quickly into his Bellator career. The 38-year old Australian has been fighting professionally, whether it be boxing, kickboxing or mixed martial arts, since 2000. His initial transition to MMA didn’t go so smoothly, losing five of his first six fights. But since rededicating himself to…

November 8th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Bellator 107 comes from the renowned Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, as the finals to the heavyweight,  bantamweight, and middleweight tournaments will all come to a close. Let’s jump right in. Headlining the show is former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo (19-8-2), and will be fighting former K-1 fighter Peter Graham (10-5). This tournament was…

November 6th, 2013
Adam Martin.

MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas today opened the complete betting lines for the Bellator 107 card at 5Dimes Sportsbook, and here they are below. ———————– BELLATOR 107: KONGO vs. GRAHAM November 8, 2013 – Winstar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma ——————– MAIN CARD Cheick Kongo -140 (Heavyweight tournament final) Peter Graham +100 Joe Warren -210 (Bantamweight tournament final)…

October 31st, 2013
Adam Martin.

Bellator yesterday announced that the headliner for the Nov. 15 Bellator 108 show will be a three-round bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the newly-signed Joey Beltran, who was cut from the UFC a few weeks ago following a decision loss to Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 29. The…

October 29th, 2013
Adam Martin.

One of three title fights at this weekend’s Bellator 106 event is a five-round fight for the Bellator featherweight championship between titleholder Pat Curran and challenger Daniel Straus. The current betting line for the fight sees Curran as a -350 betting favorite (bet $350 to win $100), while Straus is a +250 dog (bet $100…

October 5th, 2013
Adam Martin.

A number of Bellator‘s season nine (and summer series) tournaments have their final matches set, and today I’m going to give an early-bird preview on all of the ones set for the rest of season nine, minus those scheduled for the Bellator 106 PPV event. Joe Warren vs. Travis Marx — season nine bantamweight final…

October 5th, 2013
Miguel

The Bellator 102 event came to us last night (Oct. 4, 2013) from Visalia, California, and most of the talk was about the semifinals of the heavyweight tournament which featured a lineup bolstered by recent UFC veterans. Both Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson were betting favorites come fight time, and they went 1-1 after squaring…

October 4th, 2013
Adam Martin.

Bellator 102 went down tonight in Visalia, California, and the card ended up being a pretty exciting event with a number of surprising finishes. Overall, three favorites came through while two dogs cashed. Here’s a betting recap for Bellator 102 based on the closing results at 5Dimes Sportsbook: Bellator 101 Favorites That Won In the main event…

October 4th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Bellator 102 is coming to us from Visalia, California, with a night full of tournament action. Three tournaments, in fact. We will see the debut of Cheick Kongo in the Season 9 heavyweight tournament, the continuation of the middleweight tournament and the finals of the Summer Series bantamweight tournament. There’s a lot to keep track…

October 1st, 2013
Brad Taschuk

Tournaments abound in Bellator’s weekly offering, as Heavyweight, Middleweights and Bantamweights are all in action this Friday in Visalia, California. The Bantamweight tournament final doesn’t have the highest billing on the card, but it is one of the more intriguing fights, as it could create a true contender at 135lbs for Bellator. The Heavyweight tournament…

September 9th, 2013
Adam Martin.

The UFC this weekend announced a number of new matchups for upcoming fight cards, and for today’s Odds and Ends I’ll give a quick breakdown and my initial lean for all the matches. The first matchup is a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva which headlines the UFC’s return to Australia this…

June 2nd, 2013
Adam Martin.

I hate sounding pessimistic, because I’d like to consider myself a pretty optimistic guy, but UFC 161 really seems like the disaster that was UFC 149 all over again. Last summer, the UFC went through an injury epidemic and the card that was most affected by it was UFC 149, which was the UFC’s first…

May 6th, 2013
Adam Martin.

The UFC continues to cut fighters from its roster, as two more fighters were released today. The first fighter released is featherweight Antonio Carvalho, who was most recently seen being TKOed by Darren Elkins at UFC 154. The news was reported by Canadian journalist Showdown Joe of Sportsnet.ca. Carvalho went 2-2 overall in the UFC…

May 1st, 2013
Adam Martin.

Veteran UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo was today released by the promotion after fulfilling the terms of his last contract. Kongo, who went 11-6-1 in a UFC career dating back to 2006, was knocked out by Roy Nelson this past weekend at UFC 159 and that loss, coupled with zero fights left on his contract, and…

April 27th, 2013
Adam Martin.

UFC 159 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Saturday, April 27, 2013 Heavyweight Title: Roy Nelson (-235) vs. Cheick Kongo (+215) Fight Breakdown: A heavyweight bout between veterans Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo takes place on the main card of UFC 159. Nelson is currently a -235 betting favorite (bet $235 to win $100) at 5Dimes Sportsbook, while…

April 27th, 2013
Reed Kuhn

UFC 159 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Saturday, April 27, 2013 Heavyweight Fight: Roy Nelson (-240) vs. Cheick Kongo (+200) Fight Breakdown: Pay per view cards are often good for guaranteeing some heavyweights will enter the Octagon. Nelson (18-7) is a winner of the Ultimate Fighter that we all seem to forget about. He was…

April 27th, 2013
MMA OddsBreaker

UFC 159: April 27, 2013 Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey UFC Heavyweight Contender Roy Nelson (-230) Profile: Winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10, outspoken, big-bellied heavyweight Roy Nelson (18-7) may be undersized and seemingly out of shape, but he is a student of the MMA game and always exciting. His grappling credentials are…

July 17th, 2012
MMA OddsBreaker

UFC 149: July 21, 2012 Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada UFC Heavyweight Contender Shawn Jordan (-135) Profile: Shawn Jordan, a former fullback at LSU, brings his massive athletic frame to the UFC for just the second time in his career after fighting previously in Strikeforce and Bellator among a few other lesser-known organizations. Jordan…