Bellator 223: Mousasi vs. Lovato Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
Bellator 223 will take place on Saturday Afternoon, June 22, 2019 from the SSE Arena in London, England.
There are 19 fights scheduled to take place but only 3 of them have odds at the online sportsbooks.
The feature fight of the night is the Main Event for the Bellator Middleweight Title between Gegard Mousasi and Rafael Lovato.
Bellator 223 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (Paramount, DAZN, 9 p.m. ET via tape delay)
Bellator Middlweight Title Fight
Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva
James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano
Kent Kauppinen vs. Melvin Manhoef
Mike Shipman vs. Costello Van Steenis
Jonathan Bosuku vs. Fabian Edwards
Justin Moore vs. Charlie Ward
Aaron Chalmers vs. opponent TBA
Chris Bungard vs. Charlie Leary
Terry Brazier vs. Tim Wilde
John Redmond vs. George Tokkos
Nathan Greyson vs. Frans Mlambo
Galore Bofando vs. Richard Kiely
Oliver Enkamp vs. Walter Gahadza
Kate Jackson vs. Lena Ovchynnikova
Luke Ord vs. Nathan Rose
Justin Burlinson vs. Wendle Lewis
Denise Kielholtz vs. Bryony Tyrell
Alfie Davis vs. Jorge Kanella
Bellator 223 Handicapping
Our feature fight for Bellator 223 is in the Bellator Welterweight Division and is between Paul Daley and Erick Silva. Both of these guys are one time or another have been considered high level title contenders and should put on a very entertaining striking war on Saturday Afternoon.
First, let’s take a look at Paul Daley. Daley enters this fight with a record of 40-17-2 and will be the hometown hero here in London, England. Daley is looking to end a 2-fight losing streak, where he dropped fights to Michael Pade and Jon Fitch.
He has lost 3 of his last 4 fights overall with the only win in that stretch of fights coming against Lorenz Larkin. Daley’s best days are behind him and one has to question what is left for Daley , who is 36 years old and coming to the end of the road in his career.
Daley has always been known as a top level striker who sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him and causes him issues in fights. Daley has only fought one time in the past 12-months, which was a unanimous decision loss to Michael Pade.
Daley will be facing former UFC veteran Erick Silva. Silva is 20-10 and is also the most recent loser of 3 of his last 4 fights. This will be Silva’s second fight in Bellator, as he lost his fight bout in Bellator against Yaroslav Amosov.
Silva has fought the best of the best in the Welterweight Division, taking fights with the likes of Nordine Taleb, Neil Magny, Matt Brown, Jordan Mein, Yancy Medeiros, Dong Hyun Kim and Jon Fitch.
Silva trains at Kings MMA and when he is ready for a fight, he can be one of the scariest fighters in Bellator. He has 20 wins in his career and 17 of those wins have come by stoppage!
The oddsmakers have Paul Daley as a heavy -350 favorite in this fight. While I agree that Daley should probably be the favorite, there is no chance that he deserves this much of a odds lean. If the line was -150 to -170, I would probably tell you to just fade the fight but giving Erick Silva odds of +275 at 5Dimes is absolutely insane!
Silva absolutely has the ability to take this fight to the ground and submit Daley, who has suspect takedown and very weak ground game. I'm going with Erick Silva here at +275 to win via submission!