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Bellator 208: Betting Odds and Picks

Bellator 208 Betting Odds

Bellator is pulling double duty this weekend as Bellator 207 goes from Connecticut on Friday night while Bellator 208 goes from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum as Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko faces Chael Sonnen in the second semifinal of the heavyweight grand prix. Fedor is a -275 favorite to advance to the final while Sonnen comes back at +215.

The other heavyweight grand prix semifinal will be contested on Friday night at Bellator 207 between Matt Mitrione and Ryan Bader.

Fedor Emelianenko vs Chael Sonnen

Emelianenko (-275) was considered the best fighter in the world for many years in the early 2000s when he competed in Pride. The Last Emperor was 31-1 when he was at his peak, but lost three straight fights in Strikeforce and it appeared to be the end of an era. But, Fedor has bounced back as he has won six of his last seven fights, with four of those victories coming via knockout, while his only loss came against Matt Mitrione in a wild fight at Bellator 180 that lasted just one minute 14 seconds. The Russia native knocked out Frank Mir in 48 seconds in the quarterfinals of the heavyweight grand prix to advance to this fight.

Sonnen (+215) is a true middleweight who moved up to light heavyweight when he was given an opportunity to fight Jon Jones at UFC 159 in 2013 and was named as a participant in the heavyweight grand prix to make his heavyweight debut. The wrestler performed well in his quarterfinal fight against Quinton Jackson, grinding out the much bigger man en route to a unanimous-decision victory. The Oregon native has exceptional cardio with an above-average wrestling game and a strong belief in himself.

This is a classic striker vs grappler battle that all comes down to whether Sonnen can get on the inside of Fedor to take him down without absorbing one of the Russian’s devastating punches. Sonnen ate some heavy punches from Jackson, but mostly to the body. Emelianenko has exceptional speed in his hands that could end Sonnen’s night.

Prediction: Fedor Emelianenko (-275) via knockout

Bellator 208: Fedor Emelianenko vs Chael Sonnen

Odds as of October 11 at Bovada

  • Fedor Emelianenko -275
  • Chael Sonnen +215

Benson Henderson vs Saad Awad

The former UFC lightweight champion, Benson “Smooth” Henderson (-450), hasn’t fared well since moving to Bellator in 2016 and now looks to try to end Saad “Assassin” Awad’s four-fight winning streak. Henderson found himself on the wrong end of back-to-back split decisions to Michael Chandler and Patricky Freire and now has a 2-3 record since joining Bellator. Smooth has a good wrestling pedigree with strong kicks.

Meanwhile, Awad (+325) is a move-forward-and-throw-hands type of fighter who has picked up 10 of his 23 wins via knockout. Assassin is on a four-fight winning streak with two wins coming via TKO, both in the first round. Although Awad likes to keep the fight standing, his skills on the mat are good defensively. Henderson will surely be looking for a submission but Awad hasn’t been submitted in seven years.

Prediction: Benson Henderson (-450) via decision

Bellator 208: Benson Henderson vs saad Awad

Odds as of October 11 at Bovada

  • Benson Henderson -450
  • Saad Awad +325

Alexander Shlemenko vs Anatoly Tokov

For the first time in nearly a year, Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (-120) enters the Bellator cage to take on the knockout specialist Anatoly Tokov (-110). Shlemenko last fought at Bellator 185 when he took on current middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi. The 34-year-old landed a hard shot that broke Mousasi’s orbital but still lost via unanimous decision. Shlemenko has a 56-11 record with 31 wins coming via knockout and is on a two-fight losing streak, having been knocked out by Bruno Silva in M-1 earlier this year.

Tokov is 19-1 in his last 20 fights, with his only loss being a majority-decision defeat to Ramazan Emeev in M-1. The 28-year-old made his Bellator debut after that loss and is 2-0 with his new organization, winning one fight by TKO and earning a submission victory at Bellator 200. The Russia native is 26-2 with 15 wins coming by way of knockout. Expect a standup war between these two standup fighters. This could be over quickly.

Prediction: Anatoly Tokov (-110) via knockout

Bellator 208: Alexander Shlemenko vs Anatoly Tokov

Odds as of October 11 at Bovada

  • Alexander Shlemenko -120
  • Anatoly Tokov -110

Cheick Kongo vs Timothy Johnson

Making his Bellator debut is heavyweight striker Timothy Johnson (-135) and he will be given an unfriendly welcome from Bellator veteran Cheick Kongo (+105). Johnson is on a win-one, lose-one streak over his last seven fights in the UFC with five of those fights going to decision. The North Dakota native has a 12-4 record with five wins coming by knockout, and he likes to meet his opponents in the center of the ring and throw hands. Johnson has fairly good cardio for the division and can usually keep a moderate pace throughout the fight.

Kongo is looking to extend his winning streak to seven and is coming off a terrific knockout victory over Javy Ayala at Bellator 199. The France native had five straight decision victories prior to that knockout and he holds a 10-2 record since joining Bellator in 2013 with his only two losses coming by decision. The 42-year-old looks like a superhero but hasn’t always put together impressive performances. Perhaps his latest win over Ayala will change that.

Prediction: Cheick Kongo (+105) via decision

Bellator 208: Cheick Kongo vs Timothy Johnson

Odds as of October 11 at Bovada

  • Cheick Kongo +105
  • Timothy Johnson -135

Henry Corrales vs Andy Main

Henry “OK” Corrales (-550) looks to extend his three-fight winning streak when he enters the cage against Andy Main (+375). Corrales dropped three straight fights between 2015 and 2016, losing two by guillotine choke, but has bounced back with three straight wins with two victories via unanimous decision. OK has a 15-3 record overall with five knockouts, six submissions and four decision victories.

Meanwhile, Main is making his Bellator debut and has won four of his last five fights with two wins coming by submission. The 29-year-old has a 12-3 record with seven wins coming via submission while his three losses all came by decision. Of Main’s seven submissions, four have come by a triangle choke so Corrales will have to be mindful of that. Main will want this fight to hit the mat while Corrales will want to keep the fight standing, which leaves us with an intriguing bout.

Prediction: Henry Corrales (-550) via decision

Bellator 208: Henry Corrales vs Andy Main

Odds as of October 11 at Bovada

  • Henry Corrales -550
  • Andy Main +375

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