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Bellator 36 Fight Card Odds

The 155-pounders will be in action this weekend as Bellator 36 kicks off the 2011 Lightweight tournament quarterfinals. The card will feature former WEC Lightweight champ Rob McCullough in his Bellator debut as well as Toby Imada looking to make it to the tournament finals for the third straight year.

McCullough should be a step up in competition for most of the competitors in the Bellator promotion. In his quarterfinal he will take on Patricky Freire, who has only eight fights in his young career. Taking on the former WEC Lightweight champ should be too much for Freire to handle.

Oddsmakers at Sportsbook.ag have McCullough listed as a -155 favorite, which is almost an insult to the former champ. A Freire upset should be worth a lot more than the best payout of +125 at Bovada. Take McCullough all the way, until the Bellator competition shows us something different.

Imada has been chasing down the Bellator Lightweight championship for over two years and has fallen short of the goal twice. He made it the finals of the Lightweight tournament in ’09 and ’10, but hasn’t been able to close the deal for the gold. His third run at the title begins with Ferrid Kheder, and oddsmakers at Sportsbook.ag have the best price on an Imada win at -225.

The Kheder upset will be worth as much as +190 at Bovada, but that bet is not recommended. Despite being on a six-fight unbeaten streak, Kheder’s strengths will be neutralized by his opponent and his inexperience will likely be the deciding factor.

Marcin Held will also be making his Bellator debut in this year’s Lightweight tournament quarterfinals. He will bring an impressive 10-1 record with him against the undefeated Michael Chandler. Bookmakers at Bovada have Chandler and his Extreme Couture wrestling skills listed as a -325 favorite while a bet on a Held upset will pay +260 at Sportsbook.ag.

As tempting as the upset line may be in this one, it’s hard to bet against the wrestling skills of Chandler. We like a Chandler unanimous decision in this one.

If you’re looking for an upset pick that could pay off Carey Vanier vs. Lloyd Woodard might be your best chance. Woodard is a submission specialist who is 10-0 with four straight finishes. Somehow he’s a +155 underdog at Sportsbook.ag against Vanier, who was submitted by Imada in last year’s tournament. The Sportsbook.ag price of -185 on Vanier looks off in this fight, making the upset bet an easy choice.