- The featherweight grand prix quarterfinals are wrapping up
- Patricio Pitbull puts his title on the line in the main event
- See the betting preview for the main and co-main event and odds for the main card below
Bellator is back this Friday, March 13, in Uncasville, Connecticut for Bellator 241 that sees the featherweight title on the line.
In the main event, Patricio Pitbull is looking to defend his featherweight title again when he battles Pedro Carvalho. It also serves as a quarterfinal matchup in the featherweight grand prix. The co-main attraction sees Daniel Weichel battle Emmanuel Sanchez in a grand prix matchup.
The main card airs live at 10:00 pm EST. The table below shows odds for the entire main card, followed by best bets for the event.
Bellator 241 Odds
All odds taken Mar. 9
Will Pitbull Defend His Belt Again?
Patricio Pitbull (30-4) is riding a five-fight winning streak where last time out he beat Juan Archuleta by decision to defend his featherweight title in the opening round of the grand prix. Before that, he knocked out Michael Chandler in 61 seconds to win the lightweight title to become a champ-champ. The Brazilian has notable wins over Emmanuel Sanchez, Daniel Weichel, twice, Henry Corrales and Wilson Reis, twice.
Pedro Carvalho (11-3) is on a six-fight winning streak and 4-0 in Bellator. The SBG Ireland product submitted Sam Sicilia in the opening round of the featherweight grand prix. Before that, he TKO’d Derek Campos, submitted Luca Vitali and beat Daniel Crawford by decision. This will be his toughest fight and biggest name opponent to date.
Patricio Pitbull told me he’s better everywhere than Carvalho and gets mad that people think the Portuguese native is better on the ground. I think the Brazilian may look to prove he’s the better grappler here, which I think he is. He also picked this matchup in the selection show for a reason.
In this fight, I think Carvalho needs to try and use his wrestling to get the fight to the mat. On the feet, he is the slower fighter and doesn’t have as much power as the Brazilian.
Ultimately, I think that will be his downfall as Pitbull will piece up Carvalho for three rounds on the feet. In the fourth round, the champ will take the fight to the mat and score a ground and pound TKO win to defend his title and advance the grand prix.
Pick: Patricio Pitbull (-625)
Pitbull vs Carvalho
Can Weichel Go 2-0 Against Sanchez?
Daniel Weichel (40-11) returned to the win column last time out with a decision win over Saul Rogers in the opening round of the grand prix. Before that, he suffered back-to-back split-decision losses to Patricio Pitbull for the belt and most recently to Goiti Yamaguchi. The German has notable wins over Sanchez, Georgi Karakhanyan, Pat Curran, and Matt Bessette among others.
Emmanuel Sanchez (19-4) is on a two-fight winning streak after submitted Tywan Claxton in the grand prix opener and before that edged out a decision over Karakhanyan. The American has been a Bellator staple for years now and has always been a top contender in the promotion and has even challenged for the belt. In his career, he has notable wins over Sam Sicilia, Daniel Straus, Henry Corrales, and Daniel Pineda.
This may very well be the most intriguing fight in the quarterfinals of the featherweight grand prix. The two have fought before and it was a razor-close split-decision where the fight could have gone either way.
In this fight, they are fairly even on the ground so I suspect this to remain standing, and given it is a five-round fight, I have to favor Sanchez getting it done. He has the better cardio and will be the one coming forward frustrating Weichel which will force the German to make some mistakes.
In the end, Sanchez should come out on top with a hard-fought decision win.
Pick: Emmanuel Sanchez (-135)
Other Bellator 241 Picks
- Paul Daley (-400): Daley has more power and is the better striker and will be able to catch Homasi to earn a knockout win.
- Anatoly Tokov (-1000): Although I like Tokov to win and most likely by stoppage, I would stay away from betting this fight.