Interim Bantamweight Title Fight
Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello put their impressive fight records on the line at Bellator 289 on Friday.
Stots is 18-1 and the current MMA odds favorite is at -145. However, Sabatello is 13-1 and given a chance at +115.
Stots Riding Long Winning Streak
Stots has been one of the most impressive Bellator fighters, posting 10 consecutive wins, including a knockout win over Juan Archuleta at Bellator 279.
The head kick was superb and it makes the sportsbook favorite a dangerous fighter. He also showed professionalism when beating Magomed Magomedov last year, which is a quality form guide.
He hasn’t been short of words toward Sabatello and we love a bit of trash talk.
“I cannot wait, just because I know it’s gonna feel really good to see the look on his face… I think he’s had enough. I think he’s had enough of being around me, which tells me that he’s annoyed and I’m in his head. I don’t think he likes me,” Stots told LowKickMMA.com.
“I enjoy it. Keep it coming, more fuel for my fire. Him, I don’t feel that he’s enjoying this, because I think he knows that at the end, there’s going to be a lot of pain involved.”
Bettors get fair odds given his winning streak. He’s one of the most dangerous fighters in the company.
Scoop on Free Play from the Locker Room
There are many critics of Sabatello for his lack of recent finishes, but he has seven consecutive wins and he deserves his chance.
The 29-year-old American fought on Dana White’s Contender Series before being signed by Bellator, which could work out to be a smart move.
He got the better of Leandro Higo at Bellator 282, which is why Las Vegas lines have him at +115 to cause a minor upset.
His last three wins have been decision victories, but that’s a testament to his work rate and fitness. He gutted out a five-round affair with Higo and came out ahead, so credit goes to the challenger.
Over 4½ rounds pay -230 with betting online markets, so the fight is expected to go the distance and that could play into the hands of Sabatello.
Stots vs Sabatello Head-to-Head
It’s the first meeting between Stots and Sabatello.
Stots vs Sabatello Fight Information
- Fight: Stots (18-1) vs Sabatello (13-1)
- Location: Mohegan Sun Arena
- Day/Time: Friday, Dec 9, 5 p.m. ET
- Stots vs Sabatello Live stream: UFC Fight Pass
Stots vs Sabatello Betting Lines
Stots vs Sabatello Picks & Prediction
We think Sabatello makes a fight of it in the main event but we can’t look past Stots, who is one of the shining lights in Bellator.
The -145 is a fair price for the favorite and money could come for him on fight night.
Raufeon Stots is listed at -150 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Stots, you have a chance to win $67. Danny Sabatello is +120, offering a chance to win $120 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Stots a 60.00% chance to win, with Sabatello at 45.45%.