The Bellator 208 show will be held on October 13th this year at the Nassau Coliseum in New York and will feature one of the most action-packed fights in recent times – the bout between MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen. Emelianenko surprised everyone by coming out of retirement in 2015, announcing his intention of getting back on the throne. The Russian (Ukrainian-born) fighter is widely regarded as one of the best mixed martial artists of all time and holds records in many categories. He is a former in sambo and judo and has won many accolades and championships in multiple combat sports.
The Russian fighter is praised by former legendary martial artists such as Chuck Norris and Mike Tyson for his impeccable fighting style and his sheer determination to win. After coming out of retirement, he has competed in only 4 fights, suffering only one defeat at the hands of Matt Mitrione. Since then, Bellator announced that the Bellator Heavyweight Champion will be crowned in 2018 at the Heavyweight Grand Prix (February-December), with 8 fighters competing in the tournament. Emelianenko easily won the first fight against Frank Mir and will face Chael Sonnen in the semi-finals at Bellator 208.
His opponent Chael Sonnen is an American MMA fighter who doesn’t have the pedigree the legendary Russian has. Still, Sonnen had the courage to call for a fight against The Last Emperor after his win versus Wanderlei Silva (Bellator 180), and his wish came true. He made his heavyweight debut in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Tournament this January, defeating Quinton Rampage Jackson and setting up a mouth-watering fight against Fedor Emelianenko.
The event will certainly draw in millions of viewers who are no doubt eager to see if Emelianenko still has it. Sonnen has his own supporters as well and considering his track record as an underdog, things could get pretty heated up.
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The promising bookie offers betting in several combat sports markets including MMA. The Emelianenko vs. Sonnen fight is featured at SportNation, with the bookie giving the Russian fighter heavy chances of winning the fight. He stands at 4/13, while his opponent is given odds of 41/20.
This may disappoint punters, as the difference between the fighters is obviously huge. The Last Emperor is a heavy favourite for a semi-final fight, which is quite unusual we must say. Betting on Emelianenko won’t bring a nice return of investment, but putting your money on Sonnen will triple it. If you’re considering betting on the fight, we suggest taking a risk and going with Sonnen – after all, Emelianenko isn’t unbeatable.
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The British online bookmaker features MMA in its sports portfolio, allowing punters to place bets on fights in UFC, Bellator, and KSW. There are different markets you can bet on, although the bookie chose only one for the Emelianenko vs. Sonnen fight – full-time winner. Again, Fedor Emelianenko is the heavy favourite with odds of 4/13, while the American fighter is being given odds of 41/20.
Although the Russian fighter is regarded as one of the best MMA fighters of all time, Sonnen is a fierce and resilient martial artist who will surely not back down from the chance of being crowned Bellator Heavyweight Champion. If you ask us, you should definitely put a reasonable bet on him – if he wins the fight, you will triple your investment, which sounds pretty nice.
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For the Emelianenko vs. Sonnen fight, Letou is going with the Russian fighter as a favourite. With odds of 4/13, you won’t win big money by betting on Emelianenko. On the other hand, Sonnen’s 41/20 odds are looking far more attractive for punters – if you place a nice bet on the American fighter, you will triple your investment should he end up winning the bout.
Although it’s disappointing that Letou doesn’t offer a few more markets for the fight and the fact that Emelianenko’s odds are not especially appealing, you can put him on an accumulator slip and hope your selections win so you can earn a nice sum. The Last Emperor is obviously a lock for the win, so if you’re a punter who doesn’t want to take big risks and still win something in return, our money would be on him.
With more than 30 sports in its offer and a variety of markets, SportPesa provides an action-packed atmosphere which punters love. This, paired with the variety of sponsorship deals with popular Premier League clubs has made this bookie a fan-favourite in a quite crowded English betting market.
Of course, SportPesa includes Bellator MMA in its offer and gives punters the chance to make some money by betting in the full-time market for the Emelianenko vs. Sonnen bout. Nothing new regarding the odds – Emelianenko is still the favourite at 4/13, with Sonnen being the underdog at odds of 41/20.
If you really want to earn some money, we’d go with Chael Sonnen. His odds are far more attractive than Emelianenko’s, and many experts consider the American fighter a surprise favourite for the fight. Emelianenko may be a favourite on paper, but Sonnen’s win against Wanderlei Silva shows how powerful a fighter he is.
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Once again, The Last Emperor is a major favourite for the Bellator 208 bout with odds of 4/13. Chael Sonnen is again lagging behind Emelianenko with odds of 41/20 but is a far more attractive option from a punter’s point of view.
If you, like most punters, are in the business to make some money, you should go with Sonnen. On the other hand, if you prefer going with the favourite, place your bet on Emelianenko. Be careful, however – the Russian has one loss in his last two fights, while Sonnen defeated his last two opponents, including a win against Wanderlei Silva. Dismissing the American fighter’s chances may be a foolish thing to do, so choose wisely.