Sergio Pettis Opens as Betting Underdog in First Bellator Title Defense

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  • Sergio Pettis has opened as the +160 underdog in his first Bellator bantamweight title defense.
  • Pettis will take on former Bellator and RIZIN bantamweight king Kyoji Horiguchi at the main event of Bellator 272 on December 3 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
  • Horiguchi has opened as the slight -200 betting favorite to beat Pettis.

Sergio Pettis will be the betting underdog when he defends the Bellator bantamweight champion against former Bellator and RIZIN champion Kyoiji Horiguchi.

According to the best MMA betting sites, Pettis has opened as the slight +160 underdog and Horiguchi the -200 betting favorite when the two meet in the main event of Bellator 272:

Bellator 272 is scheduled for Friday, December 3rd at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with the main card airing live on Showtime and the prelims via MMAJunkie.

Sergio Pettis Dethrones Juan Archuleta

Sergio Pettis joined his older brother Anthony in being an MMA world champion when he defeated Juan Archuleta via unanimous decision at Bellator 258 to become the Bellator world bantamweight champion. Delivering the best performance of his career, Pettis showed the complete arsenal in outclassing Archuleta. He would win with scores of 50-45, 49-46, and 49-46.

The victory was Pettis’ third straight since signing with Bellator as a free agent from the UFC in 2019. Overall, this was his fourth straight win and his 9th victory in his last 12 bouts. After the fight, Pettis wasted no time in calling out RIZIN champion Horiguchi and Scott Coket obliged Pettis’ request by booking Horiguchi for Pettis’ first title defense.

Pettis was always considered one of the best bantamweights in the sport. But with the talent in the UFC, he was the betting underdog in four out of his last six UFC bouts. He won twice in that role during that span, decisioning current UFC flyweight king Brandon Moreno at UFC Fight Night 114 and former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez at UFC 225 in 2018. Pettis was also the +180 underdog when he won the belt against Archuleta.

Horiguchi Exacts Revenge on Asakura

Meanwhile, Horiguchi successfully reclaimed the RIZIN bantamweight title by knocking out Kai Asakura at RIZIN 26 last December 26. 2020. Asakura knocked our Horiguchi in their first meeting at RIZIN 18 in a non-title bout in August 2019. Three months after that loss, Horiguchi was forced to relinquish his RIZIN world title due to injury.

The loss to Asakura was Horiguchi’s first since he was submitted by Demetrious Johnson at UFC 186 when he challenged for the UFC flyweight title. He won his next three Octagon assignments after that before heading over to Japan to fight for RIZIN. Horiguchi would win the Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix and later the inaugural Rizin bantamweight champion.

Horiguchi has been favored in all but three bouts since 2015 but is the first time that he is favored in four world title fights. He was underdog twice to Darion Caldwell and was a massive +640 bottom dog when he challenged Mighty Mouse in the UFC. In his last loss, Horiguchi was the -137 odds on favorite when Asakura stopped him in 67 seconds in 2019.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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