Bellator MMA returns to the SAP Center in San Jose, California for Bellator 183. The main features former UFC champion Benson Henderson taking on Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. Although Henderson is 1-2 in his Bellator run, he has faced the best the organization has to offer. His two losses are to Andrey Koreshkov and Michael Chandler, with his one win coming against Patricio Freire. With a win, Henderson takes one step closer to getting back into title contention.
The co-main features the debut of former UFC fighter and fan favorite Roy Nelson as he steps into the Bellator cage for the first time to face hard hitting, Javy Ayala. Nelson hasn’t looked all that motivated in his final days under the UFC banner; hopefully a change of scenery will be the motivation he needs to be competitive again.
In the fight I’m most looking forward to, Lorenz Larkin takes on Paul Daley in what should be a fantastic fight. There is plenty of animosity between the two welterweights, almost guaranteeing one of the two is getting slept.
Also on the main card Adam Piccolotti takes on Goiti Yamauchi and top prospect Aaron Pico looks for his first win when he faces Justin Linn.
The prelims will stream on Bellator.com starting at 5:30PM CT with the main airing on Spike at 8PM CT.
Here are the current odds and my predictions of each fight.
Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will be betting them. I have changed my mind in the past and gone the other way after conducting more research. For all of my official bets follow me on Twitter @FightChampBlog. You can also find all of my official MMA bets at betmmatips.com.
Patricky Freire (17-8) vs. Benson Henderson (24-7) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Henderson -210; Freire +165
Pick: Henderson by Submission
Javy Ayala (10-5) vs. Roy Nelson (22-14) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Nelson -175; Ayala +145
Pick: Nelson by decision
Lorenz Larkin (18-6) vs. Paul Daley (39-15-2) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Larkin -330; Daley +260
Pick: Larkin by TKO
Goti Yamauchi (21-3) vs. Adam Piccolotti (9-0) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Piccolotti -165; Yamauchi +135
Pick: Piccolotti by decision
Justin Linn (7-3) vs. Aaron Pico (0-1) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Pico -700; Linn +485
Pick: Pico by submission
Enjoy the fights!
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