If you like to bet on heavy favorites, the Bellator 34 fight card features two of the promotion’s premiere athletes fighting for championships this Thursday night.
Both Middleweight champion Hector Lombard (26-2-1) and pound-for-pound Women’s No. 1 Megumi Fujii (22-0) will be -550 favorites to walk out of the cage as champions at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Lombard will face Russian Alexander Shlemenko (30-4-0) in defense of the Bellator Middleweight championship he won last year in the Season 2 tournament. One would think that a veteran like Shlemenko should be a tough test for the champ, but Lombard hasn’t lost since 2006 and is on a current 20-fight win streak going into Bellator 34.
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The payout is generous for Shlemenko at +350 at Sportsbook when you consider the fact that he’s on a six-fight win streak of his own and only has one loss in his last 16 fights. As tempting as the +350 underdog may be, the Russian kickboxer is going to have a hard time against the pressure that Lombard is going to bring. This has second-round Lombard TKO victory written all over it.
Japanese MMA superstar Megumi Fujii will go through the formalities of submitting another inferior fighter to become the official Bellator Fighting Championships Women’s World Champion. Like Lombard, she will also pay -550 at Sportsbook to beat kickboxer Zoila Frausto (9-1).
Fujii is the safest bet in MMA right now, and betting against her before she shows the slightest sign of slowing down would be ill advised.
Frausto doesn’t bring anything special as a +350 underdog that Fujii hasn’t seen before. She might be able to keep the fight standing for the first round, but if Fujii can get her hands on her at any point, things will go downhill for Frausto in a hurry. Frausto has shown us that she can be submitted, and that’s what Fujii does best.
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You gotta go with the Fujii first-round submission win.
Also on the main card will be another Middleweight fight between Mike Bernhard (8-2-0) and Dragan Tesanovic (7-0-0). Bernhard is riding a five-fight win streak and will make his Bellator debut against the unbeaten Tesanovic. Tesanovic will be coming over from the WFC, also in his first Bellator appearance, and this fight will likely be the toughest test to date for both fighters.
Every Bellator fight card features an undercard of local feature fights. Bellator 34 has six undercard fights:
Allen Arzeno (3-3-0) vs John Kelly (5-1-0)
Ralph Acosta (3-1-0) vs Tulio Quintanilla (4-1-0)
Frank Carrillo (2-1-0) vs Moyses Gabin (5-3-0)
Igor Almeida (5-2-0) vs Dan Cramer (4-2-0)
Aaron Hall (2-3-0) vs Eric Larkin (3-0-0)
Mike Milmerstadt (Debut) vs J.P. Reese (1-0-0)