Okay Bellator betting faithful, you’re going to have a handful of great chances to cash in with a potentially winning wager when Bellator 218 gets underway on Friday, live from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Bellator 218 features a four-fight main card that is headlined by a featherweight battle between two of the top 145-pound fighters on the organization’s roster.Now, let’s find out what’s going to go down in the top two bouts on the Bellator 218 main card on Friday night.
Bellator 218 Betting Predictions & Picks
- When: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 9:00 PM ET (Main Card)
- Where: WinStar World Casino & Resort, Thackerville, OK
- TV: DAZN
- Live Stream: Bellator Live
- Valentin Moldavsky vs. Linton Vassell
- Hracho Darpinyan vs. Mike Shipman
- Gerald Harris vs. Anatoly Tokov
- Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Gerald Harris (25-7-1) vs. Anatoly Tokov (27-3)
39-year-old Greg Harris has recorded 11 KO wins, six via submission and eight by way of decision while suffering five decision losses, one by way of knockout and one via submission. Harris stands 5’11” and comes into this bout off a majority draw against Hiracho Darpinyan in November.
29-year-old Anatoly Tokov stands 5’10” and has recorded 15 wins via KO, and six each by way of submission and decision. He enters this bout riding a three-fight winning streak that includes a unanimous decision win over Alexander Shlemenko in October.
Greg Harris might be desperate, but he’s also a decade older than his opponent in this bout and that alone gives me a huge reason to doubt that he’ll be victorious, not to mention the fact that he’s lost two of his last three fights while managing a draw in the other. I say keep it simple here and go with the younger, more versatile Anatoly Tokov to get the win by way of a second round KO.
Bellator 218 Pick: Anatoly Tokov via Second Round KO
Emmanuel Sanchez (17-4) vs Georgi Karakhanyan (27-8-1)
- Bellator 218 Odds: Sanchez -330 / Karakhanyan +265
28-year-old Mexico native Emmanuel Sanchez stands 5’9” with a 76-inch reach. He’s recorded nine wins via decision, seven by way of submission and one knockout while suffering four decision losses. Sanchez comes into this bout off a hard-fought unanimous decision loss against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in November that snapped a four-fight winning streak.
33-year-old Russian Georgi Karakhanyan stands 5’8” with a 68-inch reach. he’s recorded 14 wins by way of submission, seven via decision and another seven by way of knockout while suffering six decision losses and two KO defeats.
These two fighters met back in January of 2017 with Sanchez recording a hard-fought majority decision win in three rounds. However, this time around, I’m going to advise you to back Karakhanyan to get the huge win this time around, simply because he nearly beat Sanchez in their previous meeting and will almost assuredly have a different – and better – game plan – this time around.
Karakhanyan might be the older fighter in this pairing, but he’s also the more versatile, experienced and explosive fighter in this affair. I’m going with Karakhanyan for the upset via unanimous decision.
Bellator 218 Pick: Georgi Karakhanyan via Unanimous Decision