Bellator is back this week with not one but two exciting fight cards on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are also betting odds available on a slew of fights.
Normally, we were only provided with the opportunity to bet on 3-5 fights per event but the September 11th Friday show has 8 fights we can wager on at BetOnline.AG.
Double-header weekend! 👊🔥
On September 11th light heavyweight legends will collide when @PhilMrW takes on @LyotoMachidaFW and just one day later the bantamweight world title is up for grabs on September 12th as @TeamMixMMA will face @JArchMMA. pic.twitter.com/531ZaDidXA
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) August 21, 2020
I can’t get enough of those guys over there lately.
They positioned themselves in the front of the pack by releasing the betting odds for fights pretty much before anyone else and they consistently have the most competitive prices in their betting lines.
Maybe I’m just happy because they lined my boy Sherrard Blackledge as an underdog on Dana White’s Contender Series this week.
I earned my confidence in that pick by getting kicked in the face by that ninja.
I threw 5 units on him at (+115) and he won a unanimous decision for us.
BetOnline.AG also has some affordable odds on some of the favorites fighting on Friday’s Bellator card.
The odds are too long to bet straight for the average joe. This is where the parlay comes into play.
I don’t think it’s particularly a good idea to bet parlays of 3 or more legs on a consistent basis.
If you can win money long term like that, then good on ya mate but I personally think that is nearly impossible.
We will stick to a 2-leg and then maybe add one more if the confidence is high.
Bellator MMA Parlay
Phil Davis and Raymond Daniels: -140
I know what you’re saying, guys.
For a parlay?
It isn’t an optimal number, no, but both of these men are some of the best in the world at what they do.
There are only a handful of strikers in the world who are as good at range than the legendary Raymond Daniels.
If you’re not familiar with the former GLORY Kickboxing star, he is one of the best kickers of our generation.
- 6th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate
- 6th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate
- 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo
These aren’t the Muay Thai and/or boxing accolades you may be used to seeing from elite strikers in mixed martial arts today but Raymond Daniels is the exception not the rule.
The former Long Beach police officer of 7 years, Daniels, has been training in martial arts for his entire life but only began his MMA journey a year ago.
Well, it looks like he had one fight back in 2008 but that was it until May of 2019.
He is now 2-0 under the Bellator banner with two first round knockouts.
His opponent is actually another GLORY kickboxing veteran.
The powerful southpaw, Peter Stanonik, is no pushover on his feet.
Two strikers will probably have a striking match. That’s a fairly safe assumption in MMA.
Every now and again, you will see one of the combatants shoot for a takedown.
Cowboy Cerrone did it against Anthony Pettis in their fight earlier this year.
It was a great move tactically and probably should have helped him win the fight on the scorecards but that water has since passed under us.
It isn’t often, though, and especially with two guys who have competed at the highest level of kickboxing.
Daniels has only ever lost to 2 men in his career, Joseph Valtellini and Nicky Holzken, who are both world champion material.
Holzken is pretty much the best guy in the world at what he does.
I think Stanonik will press the action and may even catch Daniels with his left hand but Raymond is too good.
This other matchup might not be nearly as exciting.
Will we see another massive head kick from @PhilMrWonderful?!
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) September 6, 2020
Phil Davis’s nickname is Mr. Wonderful not Mr. Exciting.
You’re a betting guy or gal if you’re reading this and Davis is the type of fighter you want to back.
He is quite content taking his opponents down, controlling them, and winning a ‘boring” decision.
As a fan, I hate that style.
He is avoiding the fight within the fight.
But we have to separate fandom and making money.
I remember when these two first fought back in 2013. I had just moved to Las Vegas and was quite excited to place some fight bets.
I loved Lyoto Machida and was never a big fan of Davis because he would take my favorite fighters down and we didn’t get to see them do any of their cool striking moves.
How dare he!
I told myself, Mike, you’re in Vegas now and if you’re gonna bet, you have to face facts over feelings.
I bet Davis and he won a comfortable decision by controlling the deadly Karate stylist on the mat.
At the time of their first matchup, Phil Davis was 28 years old and Lyoto was 35.
Machida sure did look good against Chael Sonnen but Chael, despite his popularity, was never as successful as Phil Davis, inside the cage that is.
Davis hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down either. The only fighters he has lost to in the past 5 years are Ryan Bader and Vadim Nemkov, who are the current Bellator Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight World Champions.
Davis has always had a great chin and stone wall submission defense to go along with his All American Nittany Lion wrestling pedigree.
This is just a 3 round fight like these two men had before and I see this one going about the same way it did before and the same way almost every single Phil Davis fight plays out, takedown, control, decision win.
I will have a couple of straight plays coming your way soon for both the Bellator cards and the UFC card this weekend.
I wanted to get this parlay out to you today, though.
The payout isn’t amazing and I really wanted to add one or even two more fighters on here but they have some stiff competition.
Fortune got hit once in his last fight and it was sleepytime. He isn’t that big for the heavyweight division and he may bulldoze the 6’8 Jack May but Fortune is still unproven to me.
Ed Ruth is another explosive wrestler who normally dominates his opponents but he is facing another All American who has power in his hands.
That one could play out on the feet and I think Taylor Johnson is a live dog at (+250) for sure.
- Ruth’s striking isn’t anything to write home about and many times when two elite wrestlers lock up, those strengths cancel out and we end up in a kickboxing match.
- Johnson comes from a great camp in San Diego with the ever serious Jocko Willink and the wacky Jeff Glover.
For our picks, Daniels worries me slightly because he is 40 and fighting a big guy who definitely knows how to punch.
But then you look at his resume and watch him fight and you remember why he is the favorite.
Phil Davis should do what Phil Davis does this Friday night, though.
Get your pick in soon and enjoy the scraps this weekend!