Bellator has finally made its way to the great state of Washington for what should be an exciting card. A former welterweight champion is at the top of the slate while the main card begins with a heavyweight bang! In this article, I will preview and make my selections for Friday night’s main card – here are my Bellator 283 predictions!
July 22nd, 2022
Bellator 283: Lima vs. Jackson
Emerald Queen Casino. Tacoma, Washington
Main Card: Showtime, 10:00 pm EST
Davion Franklin vs. Marcelo Golm
Davion Franklin is a massive man! Marcelo Golm is coming off a nice KO win in his last fight, but Franklin is 5-0 in Bellator, and three of those five wins have come by KO/TKO. I think he gets a vicious knockout here. I’ll take Davion Franklin via KO/TKO at -110.
Mukhamed Berkhamov vs. Lorenz Larkin
I was really upset when Lorenz Larkin left the UFC, but he’s found a home here at Bellator. He’s taking on an undefeated Mukhamed Berkhamov but I think with Larkin’s striking and knockout power, he can keep this fight close. Give me Lorenz Larkin at +130 on the ML and I’ll even sprinkle a little on Larkin to win via KO/TKO at +460.
Chris Gonzalez vs. Usman Nurmagomedov
There’s no way Usman Nurmagomedov is losing this fight. Chris Gonzalez had a nice win in his last fight, but you can’t fade a guy with the last name Nurmagomedov, related or not. But since he’s such a big favorite (-800), I would include him in your ML parlay.
Tofiq Musaev vs. Sidney Outlaw
I have to go with Tofiq Musaev in this one. He’s making his promotional debut and I think he’ll be able to push the pace, be light on his feet and keep his distance. Musaev is the favorite for a reason, and I think with his striking ability he’ll be able to earn his first win in Bellator. Give me Musaev on the ML at -139.
Jason Jackson vs. Douglas Lima
Tough fight to pick because Douglas Lima is the more seasoned fighter, but the more I look at this fight, the more I think Jackson has a shot. It’s hard for me to fade Douglas Lima, he’s a finisher but after missing weight, I think the weight cut got to him. Jackson is coming in with a lot of momentum winning his last five fights. Give me the chalk here, Jason Jackson ML -190.
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