Bellator is showcasing their best bantamweight and featherweight talent this weekend with a main card exclusive to these two divisions. The event, taking place in Oklahoma, is headlined by a Bellator Bantamweight Championship bout between Eduardo Dantas and Darrion Caldwell.
In terms of betting odds, there’s nothing surprising here from the bookmakers. All four of the main card bouts are extremely competitive and the odds reflect the excellent matchmaking.
Main Card (9pm EST on Spike TV)
|Eduardo Dantas (-110)|
|Darrion Caldwell (+100)|
|Daniel Straus (-170)|
|Emmanuel Sanchez (+155)|
|Pat Curran (-160)|
|John Teixeira (+155)|
|Leandro Higo (-200)|
|Joe Taimanglo (+180)|
1 Dantas to defend title against Caldwell
Eduardo Dantas vs Darrion Caldwell is a fascinating bout.
Dantas, who is on a four-fight winning streak enters this fight as one of the relaxed and collected champions across any mixed martial arts organization. Every time he steps into the cage, there is no emotion; he is just here to defend his title from any challenger. With six title fights under the Bellator banner already, it's no surprise that Dantas expresses such composure.
Across from him at Bellator 184 is a fighter that would send shivers down the spine of most. Darrion Caldwell is one of those freakishly talented guys that appear on the roster and work their way up with little regard for the health and safety of an opponent.
While this isn't the most simple of fights to break down, there are the classic elements of striker vs grappler throughout this title fight. Dantas is an excellent precision striker with capabilities of sticking a series of hard punches into your face whenever you step into range. Caldwell may not be so precise as Dantas, but he brings with him this overwhelming ability to wrestle you down to the mat from anywhere in the cage.
Dantas will need to avoid the Caldwell takedown to keep inflicting major damage on the feet, and if he can do this, it should be a painful night for the challenger.
Bet: Eduardo Dantas to win
$10 to return $18.30
2 Curran to weather the storm of Teixeira
It's been over 500 days since Pat Curran has stepped inside the Bellator cage. This weekend, the two-time Bellator champion will make his long-awaited return against John "Macapa" Teixeira.
Curran is on a two-fight winning streak, which is strange to see from a fighter who has had an extended break. Now, returning from injury, Curran will hope to settle back into this fight immediately and make another run for Bellator's Featherweight Championship.
"Macapa" will look to bounce back after his winning streak of five was broken by Daniel Weichel. Teixeira is renowned for setting a blistering pace and never really allowing opponents to settle into their rhythm. In fact, it's really not the best of matchups for the returning Pat Curran, especially as he fights with patience and composure.
However, if Curran can find his timing quickly and remain active enough to influence the judges, he should win this one convincingly. There are concerns that Teixeira's volume of strikes may affect how this fight is scored, but I can see Curran landing the harder and more significant shots as Teixeira moves forward.
Bet: Pat Curran to Win
$10 to return $16.20
3 Higo to defeat Taimanglo
Well, Leandro Higo's start at Bellator couldn't have started much worse. He was scheduled to face Eduardo Dantas in a Bellator Bantamweight Championship bout but after failing to make weight; the contest was then turned into a non-title fight. Higo would lose a three round split decision to the current champion.
Joe Taimanglo shocked Bellator fans worldwide when he upset Darrion Caldwell with a submission victory despite entering the fight as a huge betting underdog. To this day, Taimanglo is the only man to have defeated Darrion Caldwell and is clearly a threat to anyone he steps inside the cage with.
The breakdown for this fight is predictably quite a simple one. Leandro Higo is an exceptional bantamweight with slick grappling skills and tricky submission abilities. Even the most insignificant of slip-ups from Taimanglo could see tied up like a pretzel by the jiu-jitsu wizard. As much as I appreciate Taimanglo's relentless attitude and forward mentality, Higo should be too good in this one.
Bet: Leandro Higo to win
$10 to return $14.70
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