Prop Plays for Bellator 167

DarrionCaldwellBELLATOR 167: TAIMANGLO VS. CALDWELL II Date: December 3, 2016 Arena: WinStar World Casino Resort City: Thackerville, OK Bellator is back on the second night of back-to-back days of fights with Bellator 167: Taimanglo vs. Caldwell II. The four fight main card will kick off at 9pm ET on Spike TV, with preliminary action preciding it on the promotion’s website at 7pm ET. If interested in wagering on any bouts for this fight card, all betting lines will be made available at Several Bookmakers. Here are my prop plays: Darion Caldwell (-840) vs Joe Taimanglo (+660) Caldwell by Decision (+125) 1u to win 1.25u I think this is the most likely outcome to this bantamweight contest. This should have been the outcome to their original meeting, had Caldwell not gotten too confident and shot with a sloppy takedown attempt at the start of the third round, which allowed Taimanglo to capitalize with a tight guillotine choke, forcing a tap from the then-undefeated Caldwell. This time around, I think we see an excellent display of wrestling from him with no holes, as he outgrapples Taimanglo for a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards following three rounds of action. Justin Lawrence (-140) vs John Teixeira (+130) Teixeira Inside the Distance (+425) 1u to win 4.25u I favor Teixeira to win this fight on the judges’ scorecards, however I do think a T/KO and submission are both realistic outcomes as well, which makes me like the Inside the Distance prop at +425 for a play. The Decision prop at +234 is just not as tasty, considering a finish is almost as likely as a decision. I am 60/40 in favor of the decision and think the Inside the Distance prop at +425 is the value play to make for this featherweight contest. Chidi Njokuani (-110) vs Andre Fialho (+100) Fialho by Decision (+600) 1u to win 6u I like Fialho to get his hand raised in this welterweight contest and remain undefeated. I favor him to get the job done inside the distance, however I think the Decision prop at +600 holds more value. I think there’s a decent chance that Njokuani makes it to the judges’ scorecards. Both 170-pounders are more likely to win this fight inside the distance than on the cards, however I do think a decision victory is a likely outcome for both and believe the Fialho by Decision at 6-to-1 underdog odds is the prop play that holds the most value for this match-up.

Written by Gabe Killian

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