Tonite Bellator 103 comes to us from Kansas City, Kansas with another episode in what has been a flat season for the world’s number two MMA company. This card, headlined by JJ Ambrose vs David Rickels, does not feature any really competitive lines on the main card anywhere. Rickels is heavily favored at (-550), with Ambrose returning (+425), and those are not even the steepest odds on the main card.
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Rickels is a solid Lightweight who has a Bellator tournament title on his resume, but he is going to want to erase the memory of his last outing, where he didn’t last a minute against Bellator titleholder Michael Chandler. Ambrose is as veteran with an impressive 19-4 record, but he has failed to really impress in his previous Bellator appearances, and his overall level of competition is suspect. Hard to pick against Rickels here.
The Featherweight tournament semi-finals also go down, as Justin Wilcox (-490) is favored heavily over Joe Taimanglo (+380), and Patricio Freiere is a prohibitive (-900) favorite over Fabricio Guerreiro (+620). The overall tournament favorite is Freiere, who has worked hard for Bellator in the past and has only lost to Pat Curran and Joe Warren in his Bellator run. Freiere is working to get another shot at Featherweight champ Curran, who he extended the full five rounds in their first meeting.
Also on the main card is Mikhail Zayats, who is favored at (-550) over Aaron Rosa (+425). Zayats is looking to bounce back from a loss in his last Bellator outing when he faced Emanuel Newton. Rosa is coming off a lackluster 1-2 run with the UFC and is probably going to lack the aggressiveness to match up with the Russian.
Lines are unlikely to go up for the undercard, which features five fights with a lot of fighters that are going to be new names to most bettors. It is hard to see how these cards, which have been flat lining for several shows now, will help sell a PPV that is now about 3 weeks away. When Eddie Alvarez gets his PPV check from Bellator after that one, he is going to KNOW that Bellator isnt even close to the UFC.