Former UFC Fighters Collide
Bare-knuckle boxing is a brutal form of MMA and this week’s feature fight is between former UFC stars Joey Beltran and Houston Alexander.
BKFC odds have predicted a close fight between Beltran (5-3-1) and Alexander (2-0), who has made an impressive start to his bare-knuckle boxing career.
Beltran Seeking Bounce Back
Beltran has to have a deep love for MMA to be fighting bare knuckle at 40 years old. However, his last two losses have been concerning and it could be time to hang up the knuckles.
The “Mexicutioner” hasn’t been executing opponents of late after losses to Arnold Adams and Frank Tate. He was a shadow of his former self, which saw him defeat Marcel Stamps and Sam Shewmaker.
He now faces a tough but inexperienced bare-knuckle fighter in Alexander. Surprisingly, he has the benefit of being the younger fighter with Alexander at the ripe age of 50.
The sportsbook has respected Beltran’s impressive MMA career, which spans multiple decades and he believes he has the mental edge.
“I mean, obviously, it’s a totally different landscape. Totally different sport but it’s all good,” Beltran told My MMA News.
“I’m not going to lie, there is a little bit of a mental edge when you’ve already got somebody’s number, you know? But I’m definitely not underestimating him. He’s coming off two devastating knockouts and I’m coming off two losses. So (bleep), I mean he’s the guy that some people would view as the favorite.”
Alexander Loves to Fight
Props must be given to Alexander for fighting at his age. He loves to fight and at 2-0, he has made easy work in BKFC.
“It’s cliche to say that I’m competitive, but that’s the truth,” Alexander says. “There’s something in me that likes conflict. I like physical conflict, and I’ve always liked that, when it comes to fighting, wrestling, and football. I’m a very physical person.”
It’s hard for bettors to back a 50-year-old with confidence. However, he’s unbeaten and Beltran hasn’t been in good form. He could capitalize on the lack of confidence for Beltran, who has already conceded favoritism to Alexander.
We didn’t expect MMA odds to have Alexander as the +130 underdog, so there is value with him.
Beltran vs Alexander Head-to-Head
It’s the first meeting between Beltran and Alexander.
Beltran vs Alexander Fight Information
- Fight: Beltran (5-3-1) vs Alexander (2-0)
- Location: Liberty First Credit Union Arena, Omaha, NE
- Day/Time: Friday, Nov. 18th, 8 p.m. ET
- Beltran vs Alexander Live Stream: Box Live
Beltran vs Alexander Betting Lines
Beltran vs Alexander Picks & Prediction
We’re putting our faith in the hands of a 50-year-old but Alexander is 2-0 and good enough to remain unbeaten.
Beltran hasn’t looked good in his last two fights and we don’t see the -160 as a value price for Beltran.
Take Alexander to score a decision win at value odds.
Alexander is listed at +130 in our Vegas boxing lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Alexander, you have a chance to win $130. Beltran is -160, offering a chance to win $63 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Alexander a 43.48% chance to win, with Beltran at 61.54%.