Forget about Saturday night being alright for fighting because we have a great Bellator event set to go on Friday night. Like all Bellator events that have gone on during the pandemic, this will be taking place at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut, with the main card getting underway at 9 PM EST. There are 5 fights set to go on the main card, but it is the headliner that everyone is talking about, which is usually what happens when you have a title fight at the top of the bill. Let’s take a look at all 5 fights on the main card for Bellator 255, with predictions for each bout so you can bet against their Bellator odds.
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Tyrell Fortune (-640) Vs Jack May (+470)
The opening fight on the main card is a Heavyweight bout that might not last very long given that there is a definite favorite. That would be Tyrell Fortune, who has a 9-1 record and who has made a habit of getting the job done early. May is coming into this one on a poor streak of form and is getting another shot at Fortune after their last meeting ended in the first round after an accidental low blow. I think this one ends quickly too, with Fortune getting the KO win.
Usman Nurmagomedov (-845) Vs Mike Hamel (+595(
I have a feeling that the first couple of fights might be over rather quickly, as this Lightweight bout is another that looks to be lopsided. Nurmagomedov remains unbeaten at 11-0 in his pro career, with each of the last 5 failing to go beyond the second round. Hamel made his Bellator debut last time out and lost in a split decision to see his record fall to 7-4. I think it gets even worse on Friday, as I think Nurmagomedov gets this one done quickly.
Kana Watanabe (+150) Vs Alejandra Lara (-180)
The third fight on the main card is a Flyweight bout that should be closer than the opening two fights. Watanabe is unbeaten in 10 professional fights, winning 9 and seeing the other end in a draw. She has won 5 of her last 6 fights inside the distance. Lara is 9-3 and finding her feet again after dropping back-to-back losses. She has snapped out of that with 2 wins in a row. I think we see this one go the distance, with Watanabe getting the decision.
Neiman Gracie (+100) Vs Jason Jackson (-120)
This Welterweight bout has the potential to be the fight of the night, even ahead of the title fight. Gracie dropped the first fight of his career recently, but he did bounce back from that loss with a win, taking him to 10-1 in the process. Jackson is 13-4 in his career, but he is very much making his mark in Bellator, winning 3 in a row after dropping his first fight at this level. An evenly matched bout here, but I like Gracie to win.
Patricio Pitbull (-260) Vs Emmanuel Sanchez (+210)
The final fight of the night is a Featherweight Title fight that features a fighter looking to maintain his hold on two divisions. Pitbull is the champion in the Lightweight division, but he has been putting all his focus here as he looks to make his 5th defense of the belt. Sanchez is 20-4 and coming into this fight on a modest 3-win run. I think it will be Pitbull retaining his title, but it’s just a matter of how long it takes him to get the job done.