Bellator 70 Betting Odds Preview
The first-ever Bellator Heavyweight champion Cole Konrad will finally defend his title this weekend at Bellator 70, and the sportsbooks have the NCAA wrestling champ as a huge favorite to defend his title.
Also on the fight card will be the Bellator Lightweight tournament final between Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman, and a semi-final Bantamweight tournament fight between Hiroshi Nakamura and Luis Nogueira.
Konrod is currently handicapped as an MMA odds -1650 favorite to defend his title at 5Dimes. His elite wrestling pedigree is expected to dominate his opponent for either a submission or a decision win. Eric Prindle is a one-dimensional striker who will need to land a big shot to have a chance of winning the Bellator Heavyweight title and paying on the 5Dimes +930 upset option.
Weedman will be looking to get to the Lightweight tournament final with a win over Rick Hawn. Oddsmakers at 5Dimes are offering +310 on Weedman, while Hawn currently comes at a price of -400 at Bovada. Hawn has only lost one split decision in his 14 fight career and should be better than Weedman regardless of where the fight goes.
In the Lightweight tournament semi-final fight Luis Nogueira is a -250 favorite at 5Dimes to beat Hiroshi Nakamura, who will currently pay +200 at Bovada. Nakamara is a skilled judo fighter but will likely come up short in any stand-up portion of the fight; and if he ends up on his back Nogueira has the submission skills to end the fight there as well.
Rounding out the Bellator 70 main card is a Lightweight feature fight between MMA veteran Rich Clementi and Dereck Campos. Clementi’s experience of 42 MMA wins are enough for him to be an MMA odds -185 favorite at 5Dimes, while the Campos upset is currently worth +160 at Bovada.