Luis “Baboon” Palomino beat Elvin Leon Brito the first time they fought in 2020. The bout was at 155 pounds. Flash forward to now and Palomino is a four-time defending lightweight champion while Brito is the welterweight king. The Bare Knuckle FC (BKFC) MMA odds favor Palomino to get the best of Brito again. Which boxer has improved more since?
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and MMA odds for Palomino vs Brito. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Palomino Flourishing at Bare Knuckle
At 41 years old, Palomino is having quite the run at BKFC. He is 6-0 with the promotion and holds wins over former UFC fighters like Isaac Vallie-Flagg and Jim Alers. He’s also put on a show for the fans. Simply put, Palomino’s “calculated brawler” style of fighting allows him to get the most out of his abilities.
The Peruvian had a solid career in mixed martial arts notably in the World Series of Fighting (now called the Professional Fighters League (PFL)) where he twice challenged Justin Gaethje for his lightweight belt. He would lose six of his next nine bouts. Then came the BKFC.
In the BKFC, Palomino need not worry about takedowns of grappling. He can focus on what he does best: punching opponents in the face. The two-minute rounds also benefit Palomino as he can fight more fully. Thus, betting online on the Baboon has proven to be a lucrative affair.
Brito Ready to Beat the ‘Baboon’
Brito has done a lot of winning since losing to Palomino. The Puerto Rican has won four straight bouts and did so by outlasting his opponents. “El Bandido” is the type of boxer to keep marching them down until they slow down. He may have to switch his style up a bit against Palomino.
The fact is, Brito still gets hit a lot. It works to his style for him to absorb punches so he can catch his opponents when they open up. However, this may also leave him prone to getting caught. Palomino hurt him a few times. Alers knocked him out twice.
At 170 pounds, Brito will have the extra durability as he does not have to cut weight. He can better absorb punches and stalk his opponents. As a 2-1 underdog on the sportsbook, Brito has some bite.
Palomino vs Brito 2 Head-to-Head
Palomino outclassed Brito the last time they fought. The debuting Palomino was the one pushing the action, though Brito was firing back. It was a clear win for Palomino but Brito had his moments.
Palomino vs Brito 2 Fight Information
BKFC Records: Palomino (6-0-0) vs Brito (5-2-0)
Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL
The betting lines have quickly shortened on Palomino. The lightweight champion is on track to become a two-division champion under BKFC as he should best Brito again. While this is bare-knuckle boxing and one punch can change everything, Palomino has shown he is the harder of the two.
Palomino was the one knocking out Alers while Brito got KO’d twice. While “MMA Math” does not always work, the results indicate the gap between these two fighters. Bet Palomino straight or parlay him with Gegard Mousasi from Bellator to get a line that is close to a pick’em.
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