MMA bettors have two events to choose from on Saturday. There’s a UFC Fight Night card from Canada and Bellator Birmingham, which features a lightweight bout between former champion Brent Primus and Tim Wilde. Here’s a look at the main Bellator fights. Check back for Bellator odds.
Bellator Birmingham Odds, Preview & Expert Predictions
#Bellator221 main card exclusively on @DAZN_USA at 9/8c. Check out the full piece on our YouTube channel: https://t.co/AmjddVsnSe pic.twitter.com/NRyAe8iUve — Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) 2 de mayo de 2019
- When: Saturday, 5 PM ET
- Where: Resorts World Arena Birmingham, England
- Live Stream: DAZN
- Saul Rogers vs. Aiden Lee
- Brian Moore vs. Binh Son Le
- Domingos Barros vs. Robert Beech
- James Mulheron vs. Lee Chadwick
- Jim Wallhead vs. Giorgio Pietrini
- Dominique Wooding vs. David Khalsa
- Craig Turner vs. Ashley Reece
- Kane Mousah vs. Mateusz Piskorz
- Akonne Wanliss vs. Corey Beldon
- Dan Cassell vs. John Nicholls
- Mohammed Yahya vs. Gavin Hughes
- Yannick Bahati vs. Adis Dadović
- Joseph Whelan vs. Simon Ridgway
- Kieran Lister vs. Constantin Gnusariev
The main event features a lightweight bout between former Bellator champion Brent Primus (8-1) and Tim “The Experiment” Wilde (12-3) and will be the second installment of six scheduled Bellator European Fight Series events set to take place this year.
The American Primus made his pro-MMA debut in September 2010. He enjoyed an eight-fight undefeated streak, including six successive wins under Bellator and earning the world title with a win over current titleholder Michael Chandler.
However, in the rematch last December, Chandler beat Primus by unanimous decision. With the win, Chandler not only exacted revenge for his TKO loss to Primus, but he became a three-time lightweight champion in the process to break the tie with Eddie Alvarez.
Chandler dropped Primus with a big left hook in the opening round, smothering his rival on the ground in what served as a preview for what was to come. Chandler took Primus down at will during the fight, asserting his superior wrestling skills on his rival. Chandler was in full control, with the exception of the early portion of the second round when Primus stunned him with a left hand and immediately cinched in a rear-naked choke. The savvy veteran, though, was able to wriggle free and once again take Primus back down on the ground en route to the decision victory.
Wilde, who is from England, will make his Bellator debut on the night and surely get all the fan support. Wilde, who joins Bellator MMA from Golden Ticket Fight Promotions, is currently enjoying a three-fight win streak. The former BAMMA and Cage Warriors veteran, known for his explosive striking style, has six knockout victories to his name during his career.
Wilde likes to go toe-to-toe with his opponent, which works into Primus’ game plan. Primus has also shown improved striking in his previous bouts, and he even hurt Chandler early in their first fight.
Co-main EventThe co-main event features another lightweight bout between Pedro Carvalho (9-3) and Derek Campos (19-8).
Carvalho replaces Ryan Scope, who lost his promotional debut in February with a split-decision loss to Freire at Bellator’s European series event in Newcastle, England. He has dropped two of his past three after starting his pro career 10-0. Probably a good thing that Scope pulled out of this one due to injury.
Carvalho is on a four-bout winning streak, including back-to-back wins under the Bellator banner. At Bellator 200, he took a split call from Daniel Crawford. And at Bellator 211 this past December in Italy, he finished Luca Vitali in just 43 seconds with a guillotine choke.
Campos will be trying to rebound from back-to-back losses. After a four-fight winning streak, he dropped both his fights in 2018. He lost to Patricky Freire with a first-round TKO at Bellator 194. And at Bellator 212, he dropped a split decision to Sam Sicilia.
Expert Bellator Birmingham Picks
Back Campos and Primus.