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Bellator 40 Fight Card Preview

Bellator 40 will feature Welterweight champion Ben Askren in a non-title fight against former BodogFight Welterweight champion Nick Thompson. Also on the card will be two semifinal tournament matches, one at Welterweight and the other at Lightweight.

Undefeated former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren looks like he’s been given a tune-up fight for Bellator 40 against MMA veteran Nick Thompson. Despite Thompson’s vast experience over 52 career MMA fights, he’s dropped his last three and doesn’t seem to be trying to evolve his fighting style for the next level.

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Askren will come into the fight as a huge -535 favorite at 5Dimes, and most other books have him as a -675 favorite. That’s not a cheap price on a fighter with only seven fights, but it’s a better option than betting on the Thompson upset at +475 at Sportsbook.ag.

We see a second-round submission win by Askren in this fight.

In the Lightweight tournament semifinal on the Bellator 40 fight card Mike Chandler will face Lloyd Woodard. Oddsmakers have this fight as a close matchup, with Chandler currently posted as the slight -115 favorite at 5Dimes. The undefeated wrestler looks like a real bargain at that price and will not come so cheap if he wins a couple more fights.

But the price on Chandler is so cheap for a reason. Woodard is also undefeated in 11 fights, and has finished his last five. The underdog line on the Woodard win will pay as much as +105 at Bovada, and when you consider their records putting your money on Woodard may be the best option in this fight.

Jay Hieron has fought in some of the best MMA promotions over his 24-fight career. This weekend he will have his second fight with the Bellator promotion, this time against Brent Weedman. Hieron will be riding an eight-fight win streak, and there’s no doubt that he will be very eager to make it to the Welterweight tournament finals.

Oddsmakers have him as the heavy -350 favorite at 5Dimes.

Weedman will be no slouch and will bring a 10-fight streak of his own into the cage on Saturday night. The best upset payout on a Weedman win is +300 at Sportsbook.ag, but that bet is not recommended here.

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