Bellator 191 Betting Preview & Expert Predictions

Bellator 191 Betting Preview and Expert MMA Predictions

Written by on December 12, 2017

Fight fans looking for some quality fight action between UFC events routinely turn to Bellator. Some of the best MMA fighters in the world, many of whom have spent time in UFC, take to the octagon in these events, and the latest one is set to go on Friday night, December 15, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. Bellator 191 will feature 5 fights on the card, with a pair of fights serving as the co-main events. Let’s take a closer look at each of the 5 fights, and their respective MMA lines, while making some Bellator 191 betting predictions as to how they might go.

Bellator 191 Betting Preview & Expert Predictions

  • Date: December 15, 2017
  • Venue: Metro Radio Arena
  • City: Newcastle, England
  • TV: Spike TV

Mohammad Yahya vs. Ashley Griffiths (Preliminary)

  • Weight Class: Lightweight
  • Records: 4-1-0 / 4-4-0
Yahya comes into this fight as the definite favorite. He has put together a 4-1 record and was the winner in his last bout, which was held in Dubai. On the flipside, you have Ashley Griffiths, a fighter who has had a bit of an up and down career, going 4-5 through his first 9 fights. This one might well be over rather quickly, as I think Yahya will get the job done in the early rounds. I’d be surprised to see Griffiths get anything out of this bout, independently of the Bellator 191 Betting Odds.

Jeremy Petley vs. Lewis Monarch (Main Card)

  • Weight Class: Lightweight
  • Records: 11-8-1 / 9-2-0
Things should start to heat up with the second fight of the night, as we have a pair of good fighters going toe to toe in this one. Petley is a Canadian who fights out of London, England, and who is coming into this fight with an 11-8-1 record. He will be going against Lewis Monarch, who is sure to be a fan favorite given that he hails from this part of the country. Monarch has a 9-2 record, and like Petley is coming into this one after winning his last outing. Monarch should have more than enough to get the better of the Canadian.

James Thompson vs. Phil De Fries (Main Card)

  • Weight Class: Heavyweight
  • Records: 20-16-0 / 13-6-0
At 38 years of age, Thompson’s best years may be behind him, but this is a big man with a lot of power to dish out. He is 20-16 in his career and is coming into this bout on the heels of back to back losses, which does not bode well for him. Phil De Fries is another fighter who is sure to have a lot of supporters in the arena, given that he fights out of Sunderland, which is close to Newcastle. James Thompson may not be the Bellator 191 Betting Odds favorite, but he has some experience. He won his last fight to take his career record to 13-6. You have to like De Fries, who is currently ranked #3 in this weight class. to get the win against a guy who would seem to be nearing the end of his fight career.

Valerie Letourneau vs. Kate Jackson (Co-Main Event)

  • Weight Class: Flyweight
  • Records: 8-6-0 / 9-2-1
Letourneau is a Canadian strawweight fighter who is currently ranked #31 in her class. She comes into this one with an 8-6 record, while in the midst of a 3-fight losing streak. She will go up against English fighter Kate Jackson who is ranked #20 in the lightweight division, and who has won 2 in a row to take her career record to 9-2-1. This is a fight that could very well go the distance, and I believe it will be Letourneau who comes out on top, so be sure to include her in your Bellator 191 Betting ticket.

Michael McDonald vs. Peter Ligier (Co-Main Event)

  • Weight Class: Bantamweight
  • Records: 17-4-0 / 8-1-1
It wasn’t so very long ago that Michael McDonald was among the top 10 bantamweight fighters in the UFC. McDonald went on to lose 3 of 5, including an absolute hammering KO defeat versus John Lineker last time out. He has taken a year off to recharge the batteries and will make his comeback against a promising young fighter who is coming into this one with an 8-1-1 record. It’s a tough return for McDonald, but one that he should win.
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