With more and more athletes making the move outside of the UFC, now is the perfect time to break down a few of the best fighters in Bellator right now.
Free agency has become one of the most interesting aspects of MMA over the past couple of years. Never before in the history of the sport has there been as many promotions for fighters to move, and Bellator MMA has become a refuge for fighters looking to make a change.
Many of the UFC’s best fighters are now signed with other promotions, and it may be long before we begin to see some real competition in terms of viewership to the sport’s biggest show. In this article we’ll list a few of the best fighters in Bellator, and what is likely next in each of their respective careers.
One of MMA’s best 170 pounders in the world signed with Bellator in August of 2016, and finally made his debut with the promotion in May of this year. He took on one of the most dangerous strikers in the sport in that fight, but dominated the opening bell en route to a second round submission.
Rory MacDonald’s biggest wins
- Nate Diaz – Decision
- Demian Maia – Decision
- Tyron Woodley – Decision
- Tarec Saffiedine – TKO
- Paul Daley – Submission
MacDonald now seems poised to fight for the belt sometime in either late 2017 or the beginning of 2018. He’ll be taking on Douglas Lima, who recently defeated fellow UFC crossover Lorenz Larkin. Lima is an extremely dangerous fighter and many online sportsbooks in Canada will like have a hard time setting the betting odds.
Although he’s the contender, it seems likely that MacDonald would enter this contest as the favorite. VBet Sportsbook listed him as a 1.29 favorite against Daley. Lima is extremely dangerous and is without a doubt one of the best fighters in Bellator, but he would enter this fight as the MMA betting underdog.
You can make the argument that Gegard Mousasi is the most exciting addition to Bellator’s roster. The longtime 205 and 185 pound contender was riding a five fight winning streak heading into free agency, 4 of those wins coming via stoppage.
Mousasi is without a doubt one of the best fighters in Bellator right now, particularly at middleweight which is arguably the thinnest division the promotion has. He will likely be granted an immediate title fight in his debut against Rafael Carvalho, and would almost assuredly enter the fight as the massive MMA betting favorite.
Gegard has fought and defeated some of the best fighters in the world including Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, and Chris Weidman. Against the latter, VBet Sportsbook listed him as a considerable favorite with odds of 1.98. The odds would be even higher in his favor against Carvalho, who’s no doubt a top fighter but has never faced someone with the resume of Mousasi.
Yes, Chandler lost his last fight to Brett Primus, but there is an asterisk on the loss as he severely injured his ankle just seconds into the first round. Has he not sustained that injury, Chandler may have been able to retain his title and standing as one of the best MMA fighters in the world.
Michael has been one of the best fighters in Bellator since the promotion was created. He’s made Canadian gambling news on a number of occasions by defeating some of the best 155 pound fighters in the world including Eddie Alvarez and Ben Henderson, and has vowed to avenge the loss to Primus in his next bout.
Michael Chandler was one of the biggest MMA betting favorites of this year against Brett Primus. If the rematch does take place, it’s likely the odds will be similar.
Who do you think are the best fighters in Bellator right now? Will any of these men win titles before the end of 2017? Tell us what you think in the comment section below, and make sure to check out VBet Sportsbook to find a full list of Bellator betting odds!