Bellator Newcastle takes place Saturday, February 9 in Utilita Arena in Newcastle on Tyne, United Kingdom.
The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the full 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 full of big favorites. The majority of them need to 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 among the best lightweights in Bellator for years (and probably among the very underrated lightweights from the sport) while Scope is a Bellator newcomer who hasn’t fought anyone of note, save for a split decision win over former UFC fighter Mickel Lebout in his final bout. Scope has actually been involved in the game as a teenager, however, has never really made it big, while Pitbull remains one of the best lightweights in Bellator. I anticipate Pitbull to receive his hand raised and he will be a popular parlay bit amongst bettors.
I am not entirely sold on Chalmers and that I would not be shocked if Browning pulled off another upset. Chalmers does have four first-round finishes, but the former reality TV celebrity in England has been receiving easy matchups by the matchmakers. Browning was not supposed to be aggressive against Baby Slice within his Bellator introduction, but he ended up finishing Kevin Ferguson Jr. by knockout in one of the greatest upsets of 2018 in MMA. I think Browning is probably a bit better than most people believe he is, and I would not be surprised at all if he’s the angry here. As far as I am concerned, this is a dog-or-pass situation.
Brazier is creating his Bellator using a whole lot of hype as a former BAMMA champion. He has won his last nine fights and has not tasted defeat since a 2015 knockout loss which was his sole livelihood defeat. Bungard has a nice amount of experience on the European regional circuit and is a decent gatekeeper kind of fighter, but this is clearly Bellator looking to match up Brazier with a man who he can beat in his promotional introduction. Much like Pitbull, I anticipate Brazier to win this fight handily and expect him to become a popular parlay piece as well.
Much like Pitbull and Brazier, Edwards seems like he will be a favorite chalk bit also. The brother of this UFC’s Leon is just 5-0 and he is only 25, meaning he has a glowing MMA career before him. Chadwick is a veteran of 40 battles and has fought many of England’s top boxers, 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 for the Edwards inside the distance props, but he’s another guy to think about placing into a Bellator chalk parlay.
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