There are always exciting fights and fighters in Bellator, including underdog Yves Landu, who could be the surprise package on Friday’s undercard of Bellator 267.
Short favorites are the flavor of the day on the Bellator 267 undercard, which features Jessica Borga vs Leah McCourt, Rob Whiteford vs Andrew Fisher, Luke Trainer vs Yannick Bahati and Landu vs Tim Wilde.
McCourt vs Borga
Leah McCourt is the raging-hot favorite to improve her record to 6-1-0.
The Northern Irish fighter lost her debut, but she hasn’t put a foot wrong since. She has notched wins against the likes of Janay Harding and Kerry Hughes, which both came via submission.
She looked excellent when scoring a triangle choke victory over Harding, which is why she’s the -800 favorite to beat Jessica Borga, who is only 3-3.
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Leah McCourt (@leahmccourtmma) September 30, 2021
“The Black Widow” didn’t do much to impress when losing via decision to Talita Nogueira at Bellator 256, so she will need to improve to stave off the much more impressive McCourt.
Despite being a +500 underdog, Borga is relishing the role.
“I’m so used to being the underdog and underestimated, and I actually like it,” Borga told MMA Junkie. It’s part of my character ever since I’ve been in the amateur (ranks), I’ve gone to them, and so I’m used to being booed, and I’m OK with it.
“We’re both well-rounded. I think my striking is better, though, if you want to pick something, I guess, but we’re both well-rounded, so it’s gonna be a good fight. It’s a good matchup.”
We love her confidence, but we don’t love the odds. We would need a bigger price to entertain her chances, so back McCourt in what should be a one-sided fight.
Pick: Leah McCourt -800
Whiteford vs Fisher
Rob Whiteford is 14-4-0 after four consecutive wins, so he should feel confident coming off the 23-month break.
The Scotsman hasn’t fought since November 2019, when he put an end to Sam Sicillia with a third-round knockout. It was the first time he had won by KO since beating Paul Redmond in 2015.
The sportsbook has Whiteford at -230 to beat Andrew Fisher, who is 18-8-1. He is also riding a four-fight winning streak, which dates back to 2017 when he beat Diego Vergas by submission.
Fighting in front of his home crowd will help Fisher, but Whiteford looks to have more natural ability. The odds suggest as much, so we’re picking the favorite at -230, who looks like a safe inclusion in Bellator parlays.
Pick: Robert Whiteford -230
Trainer vs Bahati
One of the shortest favorites on the Bellator 267 card is Luke Trainer, who is a perfect 4-0.
The Brit scored a TKO win over Alex O’Toole in a Bellator Euro Series fight last year, which holds him in good stead against Yannick Bahati.
Trainer might only have a small sample size, but the -600 favorite could have a significant edge over 9-5-0 Bahati.
The “Black Mamba” comes off a TKO loss to Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 230, and although he has been exposed to higher class fights, it’s tough to get behind him in this situation.
It was his fourth loss from his last five fights, so Trainer is one of our MMA best bets this week.
Finding value is tough with a fighter at -600, so we’re going with the fight to go over 1½ rounds. Bahati is good enough to hang around for two rounds before Trainer could put him away in the third.
Bettors get +140 for this option, so we would rather take the risk than back someone at such a low price.
Pick: Over 1½ rounds (+140)
Landu vs Wilde
Value is with Yves Landu, who is 16-8-0 and looked good when knocking out Terry Brazier with a flying knee at Bellator 248.
It was a fine bounce-back effort having lost to Hiroto Uesako in 2019, but that loss followed a four-fight winning streak.
After finishing the fight with a flying knee, Yves Landus celebration was somehow even better than the knockout 😅
ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 11, 2020
He now faces 13-4 Tim Wilde, who hasn’t looked overly impressive. Wilde lost to Brent Primus before beating Charlie Leary by unanimous decision, but there was little to be desired by that performance.
Bettors get +160 for Landu, which is a price worth snapping up. We think money will come for the underdog, especially on fight night.