Bellator MMA makes its way back to the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma for Bellator 189. The main event features a women’s featherweight title fight between Julia Budd and Arlene Blencoe. Budd enters the fight riding an eight fight winning streak. She also already holds a victory over Blencoe when she defeated her by Majority Decision at Bellator 162. Arlene Blencoe has won four of her last five fights, with the one loss coming at the hands of Budd.
The co-main event takes place in the men’s middleweight division where Chris Honeycutt takes on Rafael Lovato Jr. in what should be an excellent bout. The main card also includes Chidi Njokuani vs. Hisaki Kato and Adam Piccolotti taking on David Rickels.
The prelims will stream on Bellator.com starting at 6PM 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.
Julia Budd (10-2) vs. Arlene Blencowe (10-6) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Budd -400; Blencow +300
Pick: Budd by TKO
Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0) vs. Chris Honeycutt (10-1) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Honeycutt -165; Lovato Jr. +135
Pick: Lovato Jr. by Decision
Chidi Njokuani (17-5) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Njokuani -170; Kato +140
Pick: Njokuani by TKO
Adam Piccolotti (9-1) vs. David Rickels (18-4) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Piccolotti -210; Rickels +165
Pick: Rickels by Decision
Andrew Parker (6-2) vs. Frank Patterson (6-4) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Rick Gutierrez (0-1) vs. Gaston Bolanos (1-1) – Catchweight 150 lbs.
Alec Williams (6-1) vs. Mandel Nallo (5-0) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Brandon Phillips (6-3) vs. Jordan Howard (10-3) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
Juliana Velasquez (5-0) vs. Na Liang (6-0) – Flyweight 125 lbs.
Sam Sicilia (15-8) vs. Marcos Galvao (18-8-1) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Thomas Lopez (1-2) vs. Cris Williams (2-0) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Kemmyelle Haley (7-5) vs. Brian Grinnell (8-7) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Ky Bennett (0-0) vs. Stephanie Geltmacher (1-0) – Catchweight 125 lbs.
Enjoy the fights!
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