Bellator 68 Betting Preview

The Bellator Fighting Championships Season Six Featherweight Tournament championship will be on the line Friday night at Bellator 68 when Marlon Sandro takes on Daniel Straus in the Final. Four bouts will be on the main card overall, including a Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal matchup between Travis Marx and Marco Galvao. The main card action will be televised live on MTV2 starting at 8 p.m. (ET) from Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winner between Sandro and Straus will earn a guaranteed title shot against Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran, who won the 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Final and then knocked out former champ Joe Warren for the title on March 9. Brazilian fighter Sandro (22-3) opened as a solid -200 favorite (bet $200 to win $100) against the American Straus (19-4), who is a +160 underdog (bet $100 to win $160). Straus lost a unanimous decision to Patricio Freire in the Season Four Featherweight Tournament Final, which is the only other time he has faced a Brazilian in his pro MMA career. He has beaten three fellow Americans in his last three fights, including unanimous decision wins against Jeremy Spoon and Mike Corey en route to the Season Six Featherweight Tournament Final. Sandro also has some valuable experience with Bellator and lost to Curran in the 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Final via second-round knockout last August 20. Since then, he has choked out two of his last three opponents in the first round and seems to be on a mission for a rematch with Curran. In the Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals, there will be another Brazilian vs. American matchup between Galvao (11-5-1) and Marx (19-3). Again, the Brazilian Galvao opened as a -285 favorite against Marx (+225), and he previously competed in the Bellator Season Five Bantamweight Tournament. Galvao dropped his semifinal fight against Alexis Vila, who lost to Eduardo Dantas in the Final. Marx made his Bellator debut in this tournament and simply does not have the same level of experience as Galvao. The other two main card fights feature welterweights Marius Zaromskis (16-6-1, 1 No-Contest) and Waachiim Spiritwolf (9-9, 1 NC) and 230-pound catchweights Carmelo Marrero (14-5) and Seth Petruzelli (14-6). Zaromskis is a big -310 favorite against Spiritwolf (+250) in a rematch of their bout that was called a NC due to an accidental eyepoke by Zaromskis six seconds in. Spiritwolf had lost two fights in a row before that, and he has gone 1-2 since then. The Petruzelli-Marrero bout opened even with each fighter at -115.

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