Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
Venue: WinStar World Casino
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
When: Friday, July 12, 2019
Bellator 224 will take place on Friday Night, July 12, 2019 from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
There are 16 fights scheduled to take place but only 4 of them have odds at the online sportsbooks. At the time I am writing this article, the only sportsbook we found with decent odds is at BetOnline.
The feature fight of the night and the Main Event for the Bellator Women's Featherweight Title between Champion Julia Budd and challenger Olga Rubin.
Bellator 224 Fight Card
145 lbs.: Julia Budd (12-2) vs. Olga Rubin (6-0)
185 lbs.: Rafael Carvalho (15-3) vs. Chidi Njokuani (18-6, 1 NC)
125 lbs.: Juliana Velasquez (8-0) vs. Kristina Williams (3-1)
170 lbs.: Ed Ruth (6-1) vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (20-7-2)
145 lbs.: Leslie Smith (10-7-1) vs. Sinead Kavanagh (5-3)
155 lbs.: A.J. Agazarm (0-1) vs. Jacob Landin (0-1)
125 lbs.: Bruna Ellen (4-2) vs. Elina Kallionidou (7-2)
145 lbs.: Arlene Blencowe (11-7) vs. Amanda Bell (6-5)
145 lbs.: Gabriel Varga (0-0) vs. Jamese Taylor (0-0)
145 lbs.: Lucas Brennan (0-0) vs. Thomas Lopez (1-4)
190 lbs.: Will Fleury (5-1) vs. Antonio Jones (7-2)
205 lbs.: Christian Edwards (0-0) vs. Justin Vargas (3-1)
155 lbs.: Nainoa Dung (2-0) vs. Bradley Robison (3-0)
205 lbs.: Jordan Young (10-0) vs. Joel Bauman (3-0)
165 lbs.: Kiefer Crosbie (6-0) vs. Mike Jackson (12-12)
170 lbs.: Kona Oliveira (1-1) vs. Joseph Holmes (0-1)
Bellator 224 Handicapping
Our feature fight for Bellator 224 is in the Bellator Middleweight Division and is the Co-Main Event of the evening between Rafael Carvalho and Chidi Njokuani. This fight is scheduled to take place over 3 x 5-minute rounds.
First, let's take a look at Njokuani. Chidi Njokuani comes into this fight with a record of 18-6 and is coming off a 1st round submission loss at the hands of John Salter, at Bellator 210 by rear naked choke.
It has been nearly 9-months since Njokuani has stepped inside the cage so we must be cautious of the cage rust here. Njokuani has lost 2 of his last 3 fights overall and the competition doesn't get any easier as he is standing across the cage from a very game opponent in Rafael Carvalho.
Rafael Carvalho is 15-3 and comes into this fight off back to back losses. That being said, those two loses came against future hall of famers, Lyoto Machida and Gegard Moussasi.
In the fight against Machida, he dropped a split decision in which many people felt that Carvalho did enough to get the win but the judges saw it the other way. In his fight with Moussasi, he was KO'd in the first round.
Being from Brazil, you would naturally think that his strength would come from his grappling but truth be told, he is a predominant striker that can take your head off! In his 15 wins, he has recorded 12 of them by KO. That falls right into place for facing Njokuani, who has been knocked out 3 times in his career.
I look for Carvalho to come out swinging for the fences and put the pressure on Njokuani, who will collapse under pressure. We get great odds here on Carvalho pretty much across the board, where I will be playing him at BetOnline at -115.