Bellator Newcastle takes place Saturday, February 9 at Utilita Arena in Newcastle on Tyne, United Kingdom.
The offshore sportsbooks lately opened the full odds for the main 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 first thoughts on the Bellator Newcastle introductory lines:
Like many Bellator cards, this one is filled with big favorites. Most of them should win, such as Pitbull at the primary event against Scope. The large different here is clearly the experience and level of competition faced. Pitbull has been one of the best lightweights in Bellator for decades (and probably among the most underrated lightweights in the game ) while Scope is a Bellator newcomer who has not fought anyone of notice, save for a split decision win over former UFC fighter Mickel Lebout in his last bout. Scope has in fact been involved in the game since a teen, but has never really made it big, while Pitbull remains one of the best lightweights in Bellator. I expect Pitbull to get his hands raised and he will be a favorite parlay bit amongst bettors.
I’m not totally sold on Chalmers and that I wouldn’t be surprised when Browning pulled off another upset. Chalmers does have four first-round endings, but the former reality TV star in England has been receiving simple matchups from the matchmakers. Browning wasn’t supposed to be aggressive against Baby Slice within his Bellator introduction, but he ended up completing Kevin Ferguson Jr. by knockout in one of the greatest upsets of 2018 in MMA. I think Browning is probably somewhat better than many people think he is, and that I would not be surprised at all if he got the angry here. So far as I’m concerned, this can be a dog-or-pass circumstance.
Brazier is making his Bellator with a ton of hype as a former BAMMA winner. He’s won his last nine fights and has not tasted defeat since a 2015 knockout loss which was his sole livelihood defeat. Bungard has a decent quantity of experience about the European regional circuit and is a decent gatekeeper type of fighter, but that is clearly Bellator trying to match up Brazier using a guy who he can beat in his promotional debut. Like Pitbull, I expect Brazier to win this battle handily and expect him to be a favorite parlay piece as well.
Much like Pitbull and Brazier, Edwards seems like he’ll be a popular chalk piece also. The brother of the UFC’s Leon is only 5-0 and he’s only 25, meaning he has a glowing MMA career before him. Chadwick is a veteran of 40 battles and has fought a lot of England’s top fighters, but he has been finished nine times, including four knockout losses, and this looks like another struggle where the heavy favorite should glow. I’d certainly keep your eye out to the Edwards within the space props, but he’s another guy to think about placing to a Bellator chalk parlay.
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