Bellator 221 Odds, Preview and Expert Predictions.

Bellator 221 Odds, Preview & Expert Predictions

Written by on May 9, 2019

There’s not just UFC 237 on Saturday night! Bellator 221 takes place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois — this is technically in Rosemont, but it’s a Chicago suburb so this is Chicago enough — and it’s a very good card. Although I prefer the UFC card this weekend, the fights available in this one are outstanding also. The headliner for me is, by far and away, the best contest of the weekend. The main event is a champ vs. champ “super fight” between two of Bellator’s greatest ever fighters, as lightweight king Michael Chandler takes on featherweight titleholder Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. On Saturday, we have the potential to see a dual-champion be crowned in the main event while the co-main event will reveal who the first man will be to enter the finals of the Bellator World Welterweight Grand Prix, but should Freire avenge his brother’s loss, then he’ll be the latest MMA superstar to earn the right to be called a double-champ. Let’s take a look at the latest MMA Odds for Bellator 221.

Bellator 221 Odds, Preview, and Expert Predictions

Main Event Loaded

In the main event, reigning lightweight champion Michael Chandler will put his 155-pound title on the line against current featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Should Chandler emerge victorious, he’ll become the first man to ever defeat both Freire brothers as he looks to retain his title in this super fight. As for the rest of the main card, Michael Page and Douglas Lima will do battle in the semifinals of the welterweight tournament. Featherweight contender/prospect A.J. McKee gets a big step up in competition against ex-champion Pat Curran. To this point in his career, McKee is undefeated with a perfect 13-0 record. We’ll see if he can continue that. Jake Hager, aka “Jack Swagger” returns for his second pro MMA fight against TJ Jones, who will be taking part in his third professional fight, while featherweight prospect Tywan Claxton faces James Bennett. I like Claxton and his quickness, striking ability and general feel for the fight, but watch out for the grappling of Bennett. If he catches Claxton off guard, he can get a submission where otherwise I feel like he is dead in the water in this fight.

Looking Forward to Huge Event

Again, if I had to pick the pay-per-view to watch, I like the card that UFC has put together, but if I am interested in watching one fight for the night, it has to be Chandler and Freire. There is a history here. There’s distaste there. There is a rivalry, not to mention these two fighters are both very technically savvy and disciplined enough to keep it that way. Add in that the fight has major implications with title potentially either changing hands or crowning a double champ, well now we are talking about must-watch television. My bet is on Freire to avenge the losses that his brother has faced at the hand of Chandler. Maybe there is something about him, maybe there is something about the fact that I just saw Endgame, but I say he avenges the losses and shows Chandler is not the “Freire killer” after all.