Saturday is a good day to be an MMA fight fan, as we have what essentially amounts to a doubleheader this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, you have the UFC Fight Night event, with Bellator 266 starting later in the evening on Showtime. We will get to the UFC event in a separate article, but for now, we are turning our attention to Bellator and the 5-fight main card set to go on Saturday night, starting at 8 PM EST. There may not be any title fights on this card, but it’s still one that is well worth tuning into. We are going to do a quick breakdown of all 5 fights, with Bellator odds and predictions for each, so let’s get right to it.
Bellator 266 Betting Odds | MMA Analysis
Christian Edwards (-855) Vs Ben Parrish (+605)
The main card begins with a Heavyweight bout that has the potential to be over before it really gets started. Edwards is off to a flying start to his pro career, winning each of his first 5 fights and doing so with 3 wins in the early rounds. This is a step up for Parrish, who will be fighting under the Bellator banner for the first time. He is coming in off a loss that dropped him to 4-1. I think he will be dropped here, as I like Edwards for the KO win.
Georgi Karakhanyan (+105) Vs Saul Rogers (-125)
Things look to be a whole lot more evenly matched in out second bout of the night, which comes in the Lightweight division. Karakhanyan is a grizzled veteran who comes into this one with a 31-11-1 record. He is just 3-2 in his last 5, but he has won 2 in a row. Rogers is 14-4 and looking to steady the ship a little after going 2-3 in his last 5 fights. This really could go either way, but I am leaning towards the underdog here and taking Karakhanyan to win.
DeAnna Bennett (+135) Vs Alejandra Lara (-160)
The ladies get to take to the octagon next for a Flyweight bout where both fighters could really use the win. Bennett is 10-7-1 overall and looking to pull out of a slump. She has now lost 2 in a row and 3 of her last 5. Things are not a great deal better for Lara, who has also gone 2-3 in her last 5 fights. She also lost last time out, so a bit of pressure on both women. Slight edge to Lara here, and I think she will get the decision win.
Neiman Gracie (-280) Vs Mark Lemminger (+230)
This Welterweight bout will serve as the co-main event of the night and features a pair of fighters looking to break out of slumps. Gracie looked unbeatable as he stormed out to a 9-0 pro record, but 2 losses in his last 3 have dropped him to 10-2. Lemminger is 12-3 overall and coming into this fight on the heels of a win that snapped a 2-fight losing skid. I like Gracie to get back on track and think he will close this one out with the submission win.
Yoel Romero (+105) Vs Phil Davis (-125)
We end the night with the headline event, which is a Light Heavyweight bout that promises to be a bruising affair. Romero comes into this one in desperate need of a win after dropping each of his last 3 fights, as well as 4 of his last 5. Davis is coming off a loss that ended a 3-fight win streak, with the majority of his fights going the distance. While his recent form is a real issue, I might be tempted to take Romero with the KO win here.