Bellator Newcastle takes place Saturday, February 9 at Utilita Arena at Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the complete odds for the primary card, and here they are.
Bellator Newcastle Odds
Patricky Pitbull -510
Ryan Scope +340
Aaron Chalmers -275
Corey Browning +195
Terry Brazier -530
Chris Bungard +350
Fabian Edwards -380
Lee Chadwick +280
And here are my initial thoughts on the Bellator Newcastle opening lines:
Like most Bellator cards, this one is filled with big favorites. Most of them need to win, such as Pitbull at the primary event against Scope. The big different here is obviously the expertise and degree of competition faced. Pitbull has been one of the best lightweights in Bellator for decades (and probably among the very underrated lightweights from the game ) while Scope is a Bellator newcomer who has not fought anyone of note, save for a split decision win over former UFC fighter Mickel Lebout in his final bout. Scope has in fact been involved in the sport since a teenager, however, has never really made it big, whilst Pitbull remains one of the best lightweights in Bellator. I anticipate Pitbull to get his hands raised and he’ll be a favorite parlay bit amongst bettors.
I am not entirely sold on Chalmers and that I would not be surprised if Browning pulled off another upset. Chalmers has four first-round endings, but the former reality TV star in England has been getting simple matchups from the matchmakers. Browning wasn’t supposed to be competitive against Baby Slice within his Bellator debut, but he ended up finishing Kevin Ferguson Jr. by knockout in one of the greatest upsets of 2018 in MMA. I believe Browning is probably somewhat better than most of us believe he is, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he’s the angry here. So far as I’m concerned, this can be a dog-or-pass circumstance.
Brazier is making his Bellator using a whole lot of hype as a former BAMMA winner. He has won his last nine fights and hasn’t tasted defeat since a 2015 knockout loss which was his lone career defeat. Bungard has a nice quantity of experience on the European regional circuit and is an adequate gatekeeper type of fighter, but that is clearly Bellator looking to match up Brazier using a man who he can beat in his promotional introduction. Much like Pitbull, I expect Brazier to acquire this battle handily and expect him to become a popular parlay piece as well.
Like Pitbull and Brazier, Edwards looks like he’ll be a popular chalk piece also. The brother of this UFC’s Leon is just 5-0 and he is only 25, meaning he’s a bright MMA career before him. Chadwick is a veteran of 40 battles and has fought many of England’s top fighters, but he’s been completed twice, including four knockout losses, and this seems like another fight where the heavy favorite should glow. I would definitely keep your eye out for the Edwards inside the distance props, but he is another guy to consider putting into a Bellator chalk parlay.
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