by Bovada Sportsbook
The Bellator Fighting Championships will be back in Orillia, Ontario, Canada this weekend for Bellator 67 and will feature a non-title fight between Bellator Lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Akihiro Gono. Get your MMA betting odds from Bovada Sportsbook.
As one of Bellator’s “keep the champ active until his end-season title defense” fights, MMA bettors can get action on a headliner matchup that offers an above-average favorite price and underdog payout.
At odds of -900 at Bovada Sportsbook, Chandler is expected to have his way with former Pride Fighting veteran Gono. The 26-year-old undefeated champion is coming off a submission win over Eddie Alvarez and has shown dominant wrestling skills in all of his fights thus far.
This fight only exists to keep Chandler active until his next title defense, and it’s tough to imagine a scenario where he loses this fight. The champ will most likely take down and wear-down his opponent with his superior strength for a submission or KO win.
But when it comes to MMA upsets are possible regardless of the odds. Gono is currently a Bovada Sportsbook +550 underdog to beat Chandler and will need to sink a slick submission or land a big knee to Chandler’s face to win the fight.
At 32 years old Gono’s best days in the cage are behind him and he’s coming into this fight following two straight losses to unranked fighters in Japanese promotions.
The one thing that Gono has going for him is his experience. Chandler has only nine MMA fights in his career and has likely not seen some of the aggressive submission tactics that are more commonplace in Japanese MMA action. If he has a good game plan to combat Chandler’s wrestling skills, a little bit of action on the upset line could turn into a big payday.
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