Opening Odds For Bellator 278: Velasquez vs. Carmouche


Bellator 278: Velasquez vs. Carmouche takes place on Friday, April 22 at Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the event, and MMAOB staff writer Adam Martin takes a look at the opening odds below.

Bellator 278 Odds

Juliana Velasquez -150
Liz Carmouche +120

Nikita Mikhailov -120
Enrique Barzola -110

Danny Sabatello -180
Jornel Lugo +150

Grant Neal -160
Christian Edwards +130

Nate Andrews -225
Manny Muro +185

Dante Schiro -500
Scotty Hao +375

Weber Almeida -300
Fabricio Franco +240

Makoa Cooper -300
Blake Perry +240

Erik Perez -300
Cee Jay Hamilton +240

Tofiq Musayev -350
Zach Zane +275

Here are my initial thoughts on the Opening Odds For Bellator 278:

  • The main event of Bellator 278 is a women’s flyweight title bout between champion Juliana Velasquez and challenger Liz Carmouche. Velasquez is unbeaten at 12-0 in her MMA career and she is a perfect 7-0 in Bellator since joining the promotion in 2017. She has looked incredible in Bellator for the most part, although she did struggle in a split decision win over Denise Kielholtz in her last outing. As for Carmouche, she is a former UFC title challenger in two different weight classes. Since joining Bellator in 2020, Carmouche is 3-0 en route to landing this title shot against Velasquez. This is a close fight on paper, for sure. Velasquez is excellent, but Carmouche is incredibly experienced and strong as hell. The opening odds are competitive for a reason, and that’s because both women have the skills to win this fight.
  • In the co-main event, it’s a bantamweight tournament alternate bout between Enrique Barzola and Nikita Mikhailov. Barzola is another former UFC fighter who picked up a big TKO win over former champ Darrion Caldwell in his Bellator debut earlier this year. As for Nikita Mikhailov, he is currently on a six-fight win streak, including two straight knockout wins in Bellator. The opening odds were a near Pick ’em, showing you how competitive this fight should be.

Written by Adam Martin.


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