BELLATOR 189 PREDICTIONS 12/1: Grocke’s updated odds and predictions for the Budd vs. Blencoe headlined card


Bellator MMA makes its way back to the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma for Bellator 189. The main event features a women’s featherweight title fight between Julia Budd and Arlene Blencoe. Budd enters the fight riding an eight fight winning streak. She also already holds a victory over Blencoe when she defeated her by Majority Decision at Bellator 162. Arlene Blencoe has won four of her last five fights, with the one loss coming at the hands of Budd.

The co-main event takes place in the men’s middleweight division where Chris Honeycutt takes on Rafael Lovato Jr. in what should be an excellent bout. The main card also includes Chidi Njokuani vs. Hisaki Kato and Adam Piccolotti taking on David Rickels.

The prelims will stream on starting at 6PM CT with the main airing on Spike at 8PM CT.

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Here are the current odds and my predictions of each fight.

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Main Card

Julia Budd (10-2) vs. Arlene Blencowe (10-6) – Featherweight 145 lbs.

Current Odds: Budd -400; Blencow +300

Pick: Budd by TKO


Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0) vs. Chris Honeycutt (10-1) – Middleweight 185 lbs.

Current Odds: Honeycutt -165; Lovato Jr. +135

Pick: Lovato Jr. by Decision


Chidi Njokuani (17-5) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2) – Middleweight 185 lbs.

Current Odds: Njokuani -170; Kato +140

Pick: Njokuani by TKO


Adam Piccolotti (9-1) vs. David Rickels (18-4) – Lightweight 155 lbs.

Current Odds: Piccolotti -210; Rickels +165

Pick: Rickels by Decision



Andrew Parker (6-2) vs. Frank Patterson (6-4) – Middleweight 185 lbs.

Pick: Parker


Rick Gutierrez (0-1) vs. Gaston Bolanos (1-1) – Catchweight 150 lbs.

Pick: Bolanos


Alec Williams (6-1) vs. Mandel Nallo (5-0) – Lightweight 155 lbs.

Pick: Nallo


Brandon Phillips (6-3) vs. Jordan Howard (10-3) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.

Pick: Howard


Juliana Velasquez (5-0) vs. Na Liang (6-0) – Flyweight 125 lbs.

Pick: Velasquez


Sam Sicilia (15-8) vs. Marcos Galvao (18-8-1) – Featherweight 145 lbs.

Pick: Sicilia


Thomas Lopez (1-2) vs. Cris Williams (2-0) – Featherweight 145 lbs.

Pick: Williams


Kemmyelle Haley (7-5) vs. Brian Grinnell (8-7) – Welterweight 170 lbs.

Pick: Haley


Ky Bennett (0-0) vs. Stephanie Geltmacher (1-0) – Catchweight 125 lbs.

Pick: Geltmacher

Enjoy the fights!

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