- Global Fighting Championship 25 goes Saturday, March 21 at 2pm ET
- Who are the best bets for this rare MMA card amidst this largely barren sports landscape?
- Check out the odds, analysis, and betting predictions below
Global Fighting Championship 25 emanates from MTL Arena in Samara, Russia. The pugilistic proceedings will broadcast Saturday morning, domestically, on the promotion’s Youtube channel. COVID-19 has created measurable differences in our present-day landscape on numerous levels.
This card is something to whet the appetites of combat sports fans who could be looking at a few weeks or even months of no new fights.
Global Fighting Championship 25 Odds
*Odds taken on Mar. 20
GFC 25 Undercard Preview and Predictions
On a lighter more relevant note, Abdusamad Sangov is a good pick in his bout with Zhasulan Akimzhanov due to his sizeable experience advantage and familiarity with a higher level of competition.
Pick: Abdusamad Sangov (-150)
Alibek Rasulov brings a 9-0 record to this bout and has steamrolled opponents on various Russian circuits (Road to M1, Berkut Young Eagles, and Fight Nights Global). Conversely his opponent Said-Magomed Abdulgaziev has a 4-3 record ahead of this bout. Alibek Rasulov returns from over a year of inactivity to improve his record to 10-0.
Pick: Alibek Rasulov (-1000)
The women’s strawweight bout between Kseniya Lachkova and Anna Rudenko creates a compelling underdog opportunity. I think there’s enough parity here where going with the dog makes much more sense. Rudenko also has the momentum advantage with a four-fight win streak to her credit, all wins via armbar. Conversely, Lachkva tasted defeat in her last outing. I’m going with Anna Rudenko in this GFC 25 prizefight.
Pick: Anna Rudenko (+175)
Live Combat Sport Schedule: 3/20 – 3/22
All Times ET
-Cage Warriors 113 (Fri, Prelims 2:30pm, Main 5pm)
-Beast Championship 3 (Sat, 5am)
-Fair Fight XI (Sat, 7:50am)
-GFC 25 (Sat, 9am)
-K-1 K'FESTA.3 (Sat, 10:30pm – Sun, 8am)
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Sergey Alekseevich has a 100% finishing rate and both men have near equal experience. I think he presents a compelling underdog opportunity in his bout with the -500 Shamil Abasov. Abasov has not tasted victory since December 2018, suffering back-to-back stoppage defeats since that victorious performance. I think Alekseevich’s stoppage rate stays flawless after Saturday and he manages to put away Abasov inside the distance.
Pick: Sergey Alekseevich (+350)
Vladimir Seliverstov tasted his first pro defeat in his last bout. He looks to get back to his winning ways against Aleksander Podmarev who has had a strange career arc. An odd resume for Podmarev who faced a 20-fight veteran in his first couple fights but then settled into a pattern of fighting either debutant fighters or those who had not even a handful of fights. Seliverstov was riding a 10-fight winning streak and was spotless as an amateur prior to that one blemish from his last performance. I believe he will resume his winning ways this weekend.
Pick: Vladimir Seliverstov (-205)
GFC 25 Main Event
Oleg Peterimov has a 100% finishing rate with proven aptitude in both the standup and on the mat. Volkov is no slouch in the finishing department with an 83% stoppage rate and that aforementioned finishing ability both with striking and submissions. This main event bout is also a rematch. Peterimov knocked out Volkov in less than thirty seconds to garner the first-round victory in their initial fight.
Mark Volkov vs Oleg Peterimov Tale of the Tape
|Fight Stars featherweight tournament champion||Titles/ Distinctions||Battle Warriors lightweight tournament champion|
Peterimov had a 1-5 record heading into the Volkov bout and many saw the KO win as a solid upset. Volkov also scored a split decision win since the first fight while Peterimov has been inactive since the initial bout. I think Volkov is able to get it done this time and even up the series 1-1.
Pick: Mark Volkov (-135)