Bellator MMA makes its way to the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania for Bellator 186 on Friday night. The main event features a light heavyweight title fight between Ryan Bader and Linton Vassell. Bader will be making his first title defense after winning the title at Bellator 180 where he beat Phil Davis by Split Decision.
The co-main event takes us to the women’s flyweight division where Bellator will crown their first ever women’s flyweight champion as Emily Ducote takes on Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. The main card also features three-time NCAA wrestling champion Ed Ruth taking on Chris Dempsey, former Bellator light heavyweight champion and Penn State wrester Phil Davis vs. Bellator newcomer Leo Leite and Bellator 180 party crasher Zach Freeman vs. Saad Awad.
The prelims will stream on Bellator.com starting at 5:30PM CT with the main airing on Spike at 8PM CT.
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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.
Linton Vassell (18-5) vs. Ryan Bader (23-5) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Current Odds: Bader -450; Vassell +340
Pick: Bader by decision
Emily Ducote (6-2) vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (6-0) – Flyweight 125 lbs.
Current Odds: Macfarlane -305; Ducote +245
Pick: Macfarlane by decision
Chris Dempsey (11-5) vs. Ed Ruth (3-0) – Middlewight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Ruth -600; Dempsey +425
Pick: Ruth by submission
Leo Leite (10-0) vs. Phil Davis (17-4) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Current Odds: Davis -700; Leite +485
Pick: Davis by submission
Zach Freeman (9-2) vs. Saad Awad (20-9) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Awad -210; Freeman +165
Pick: Awad by TKO
Enjoy the fights!
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