Expert MMA Betting Preview & Predictions for Bellator 198

Posted by Eric Williams on Saturday,April 28, 2018 7:21, EDT in

Legendary mixed martial arts veteran Fedor Emelianenko (36-5) is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter of all-time. Former UFC champion Frank Mir (18-11) will also be remembered as one of the very best heavyweights to mix it up in the octagon, if not to the same degree as Emelianenko. While both pugilists have seen better days and are now in the twilight of their respective careers, the pair is set to stage what looks like one of the most intriguing heavyweight’s fights in recent memory for MMA betting enthusiasts, and one that could surpass any UFC-sanctioned heavyweight bout in quite some time.

With the pair set to headline Saturday’s quickly approaching fighting action, let’s find out where the best Bellator 198 betting value lies in this now, highly anticipated pairing of former champions.

Expert MMA Betting Preview & Predictions for Bellator 198


  • When: Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 PM ET
  • Where: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
  • Streaming Option: Bellator Live
  • MMA Betting Odds: Fedor Emelianenko +115 / Frank Mir -135

Nearly two decades ago, back in 2004, Emelianenko and Mir were both champions in the Pride Fighting Championship and UFC respectively. While the two never faced one another in what would have been an insane cross-promotional fight their matchup this weekend still looks attractive even if the pair is now, past their primes ad older legends.

“It’s an argument for old-school fighters, whether UFC or Pride was No. 1,” Mir said recently. “I’ve gotten to prove my side of it many times, and this will be another guy on that list. Fedor was No. 1. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it all the time.”

Now, as they get set for Bellator 198, the pair of aging fighters are both looking to add to their respective legacies.

“It’s hard to say Frank is not one of the greatest of all time and I’m puzzled why he doesn’t get that more,” said Mir’s coach, Angelo Reyes. “When they talk about Fedor, they say, ‘Oh, he’s the greatest of all time,’ but Frank revolutionized the game. When you talk about heavyweight submissions, you can’t say Frank Mir.

“The biggest validation would be for Frank to win this fight, run the table and win a title with a second organization. You can’t say he’s not the greatest heavyweight of all time then.”

Background

The quarterfinal Grand Prix matchup is the co-headliner of Bellator 198. Mir makes his debut for the organization in his first fight since March of 2016 when he was knocked out by veteran Mark Hunt (punch) at UFC Fight Night 85. Mir has suffered two consecutive defeats in losing to Hunt and Andrei Arlovski (UD) at UFC 191 back in September of 2015.

Frank Mir is the MMA Betting favorite for Bellator 198.

The 41-year-old Emelianenko made his Bellator debut in his last fight but ended up suffering a humbling first-round KO loss (punches) to Matt Mitrione in June.

Expert Final MMA Betting Prediction

Frank Mir is the favorite, but I’m not sure why seeing as how he’s lost a pitiful six of his last eight fights overall with three of those defeats coming by way of knockout.

For me, Fedor Emelianenko is the easy pick in this one, seeing as how he won four consecutive bouts prior to his loss to Mitrione the last time out with two of those victories coming by way of KO. I like Emelianenko to get the big upset win as a value-packed +115 underdog to push Frank Mir one step closer to permanent retirement.

Pick: Fedor Emelianenko Via Second Round KO (punches)

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  • Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. Gerald Harris
  • Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres
  • Dillon Danis vs. Kyle Walker
  • R’Mandel Cameron vs. P. J. Cajigas
  • Dan Stittgen vs. Mark Stoddard
  • Eric Wisely vs. Morgan Sickinger
  • Matt Paul vs. Brian Booth
  • Joey Diehl vs. Nate Williams
  • Tom Shoaff vs. Mike Budnik
  • James Bennett vs. Dustin Stusse
  • Asef Askar vs. Andrew Johnson
  • Corey Jackson vs. Adil Benjilany
  • Tom Angeloff vs. Sultan Umar
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