Bellator 240 Dublin: Primus vs Bungard Betting Preview

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On Saturday, February 22nd, Bellator will run an event for the second day in a row as they host Bellator 240 and Bellator Europe 7 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. This will be one large MMA show, but broken down into two different televised events. It comes on the heels of Bellator 239: Ruth vs Amosov, which takes place on Feb. 21st.

The entire event is scheduled to showcase nearly 20 MMA fights. However, only a handful will be aired on either show. Bellator Europe 7’s prelim bouts will begin at 11:30 AM ET while the main card will begin at 5 PM ET. This show features a women’s featherweight main event.

Bellator 240 will be on tape delay and won’t air until 10 PM ET. However, it will stream on DAZN and air on Paramount TV. This event features a lightweight showdown between Brent Primus and Chris Bungard.

Sports betting sites have released odds on a handful of events from this entire Dublin, Ireland show. Let’s stroll into the betting octagon, KO our betting predictions, and identify and betting value along the way.

Bellator 240: Primus vs Bungard

As of this writing, there are only two fights with listed odds:

Kiefer Crosbie vs Iamik Furtado

  • Kiefer Crosbie (-410)
  • Iamik Furtado (+330)

Furtado is a large underdog for his fight this weekend against Crosbie. It should come as no surprise considering he’s entering “enemy territory” in his Bellator debut.

Furtado has bounced around regional promotions before earning this opportunity. He lost his last fight in May 2019 via 1st round submission. Both of his career losses have come via submission.

For Crosbie, he’s more than excited to be fighting in his home country. He believes Bellator will put on a great show and send the wild Irish fans home happy. As for his opponent, Crosbie made the following comments:

“Furtado is mainly a striker, with a few stoppage wins, a few knockouts. Bellator know what they’re doing, they’re throwing me in with dangerous fighters who may imitate my style to create a great fight. That’s fine, no problem at all. Throw me in there with anyone and I will come out in glory.”

It’s hard to argue against Crosbie coming out victorious in this fight. He’s 3-1 in Bellator and could’ve been unbeaten, but suffered a DQ loss last July due to an illegal knee. He technically hasn’t been defeated via decision or stoppage.

As for this fight, I have a hard time seeing Furtado doing anything significant. In fact, it would be a moral victory just making it the full three rounds. There’s no value with this bet. Furtado’s odds range from +295 to +350 while Crosbie’s odds range from -400 to -470.

Crosbie vs Furtado Bet:Crosbie (-410)

Brent Primus vs Chris Bungard

  • Brent Primus (-750)
  • Chris Bungard (+525)

You have to give credit to Bungard for stepping in on just a few weeks’ notice as he’s filling in for an injured Peter Queally. Bungard is making history as the first Scottish fighter to headline a major MMA show:

“I’m taking this fight on only a few weeks’ notice. Obviously I would have liked a full fight camp to prepare, but I need to jump at this opportunity. This will be a very tough fight against the former champion, but I will take it to him. It is a dream to fight in Dublin, Ireland and an honor to be the first Scottish fighter to headline a major promotion”.

Bungard debuted for Bellator 12 months ago and beat Terry Brazier via 1st round submission. He fell to Charlie Leary via decision in his next fight, but got back on the winning track with a submission win over Benjamin Brander in November.

Bungard has showed the ability to fnish his opponents as he has 13 stoppage victories in his career with eight by way of submission. However, this will be his toughest challenge to date.

Primus last fought in May 2019 and easily defeated Tim Wilde via 1st round submission. It was a statement win that announced he was back after losing the title to Michael Chandler in December 2018. Primus has only fought once a year for the last six years. A trend that’s frustrating him.

Primus wants to be more active and get a title shot if he wins this fight. As for his opponent, Primus had the following comments to say about Bungard:

“I know (Bungard is) a tough guy. He’s not the most technical guy, I feel. On the stand-up he can be a little wild, and those guys can be dangerous, but I know if I go out there and fight to my full potential he will not last.”

Bungard is a decent fighter, but he’s a notch below Primus’ level. I don’t see Primus getting upset in this bout. He’s a massive favorite for a reason and that will be made clear on Saturday. With that said, I’m taking Primus to win this fight via submission.

Primus vs Bungard Bet:Primus (-750)

Bellator Europe 7: McCourt vs Ruis

As of this writing, there are three fights from Bellator Europe 7 that have listed odds:

Paul Redmond vs Georgi Karakhanyan

  • Paul Redmond (+125)
  • Georgi Karakhanyan (-145)

This fight was originally set to be Redmond versus Ryan Scope, but an injury forced Scope out of the show.  Georgi Karakhanyan stepped in on one month’s notice.

The 34 year old Georgi Karakhanyan was last seen getting eliminated from the Bellator featherweight grand prix last September. He lost in eight seconds via KO to A.J. McKee. It was an embarrassing loss that he certainly wants to avenge this weekend.

Georgi Karakhanyan has 39 fights on his resume with 14 in Bellator where he is 6-8 overall. He’s gone 1-3 with 1 NC in his last five fights. He’s also trying to get his first win in almost two years. 21 of his 28 wins have come via stoppage with 14 by way of submission.

For Redmond, he’s still just as excited to be fighting Karakhanyan as he was Scope. However, he’s also gone from being a favorite to the underdog because of this matchup. This will be Redmond’s third fight in Ireland for Bellator. He’s 2-0 so far, with wins over Santos in 2017 and Leary in 2019.

Not only is Redmond excited to fight in his hometown of Dublin, he’s also motivated to take on Karakhanyan because he knows it will be an entertaining fight:

“I’ve got a good solid opponent which pushes you on in your own fight. If you’re fighting somebody that just ruins it, or plays it a stalemate in a fight or makes it a boring fight – this guy is not boring.  Everyone knows I’m not boring – you’s know what you’re gonna get.”

Redmond is 4-1 in his last five fights which spans three different promotions. 10 of his 15 wins have come via stoppage. He’s evenly split with submissions and TKO/KOs at five apiece.

It’s time for Redmond to move up the food chain. Not only is he fighting in his hometown, with all of his fans, but he’s also making Karakhanyan come up in weight to fight him. I believe Redmond is moving upward, while Karakhanyan is on his way out.

Take Redmond to win via decision and enjoy the solid return on your wager since he’s the underdog.

Redmond vs Karakhanyan Bet:Redmond (+125)

Aaron Chalmers vs Austin Clem

  • Aaron Chalmers (-250)
  • Austin Clem (+210)

Austin Clem is making his Bellator debut this weekend with a 3-1 record. None of his fights have gone the distance. The American fighter has won all three of his bouts via submission. His lone loss came via TKO/KO.

Aaron Chalmers has also never gone the distance in a fight. He’s 5-1 with all five wins coming via stoppage. Three of those five wins have come by way of submission. He’s also 2-1 in Bellator with his lone loss one year ago via submission. Chalmers’ last fight was in June 2019 and he won via 2nd round submission.

This fight is a rather lackluster pairing between two fighters that don’t register with any casual Bellator fan. In fact, it’s hard to imagine why the fight would make it onto any main card of this show.

One can only hope that these two men go for a stoppage win and keep their perfect streak of fights finishing inside the distance. With that said, you have to go with Chalmers here. He’s the better overall fighter and has faced tougher competition.

Chalmers vs Clem Bet:Chalmers (-250)

Judith Ruis vs Leah McCourt

  • Judith Ruis (+275)
  • Leah McCourt (-335)

The main event of Bellator Europe 7 is a women’s featherweight contest featuring Ireland’s Leah McCourt. She’s a large betting favorite with odds ranging from -320 to -370. McCourt is making history by becoming the first woman to headline a Bellator Europe show. She’s also the most sought after single mom in Ireland.

For her career, McCourt has won three fights in a row after dropping her pro debut in June 2017. She’s won via every method. However, her last fight was a solid display of her skills as she won via 1st round submission over Kerry Hughes in September.

As for this fight, McCourt feels that she’s better than Ruis in every aspect and that she will win on Saturday in her home country:

“It’s the most crazy sport ever, but skill-wise I am better everywhere. I can’t see any other result than me winning with a finish.”

The proud Irish fighter is on the cusp of stardom in Europe and could become one of Bellator’s top female fighters after a few more contests. However, that stardom will crash and burn if she were to lose this weekend.

Judith Ruis is making her Bellator debut this weekend and is known for being a submission artist with four of her six wins coming via tapping out her opponents. The 35 year old German fighter won both of her contests last year via submission and is looking to get the biggest win of her career on Saturday.

Ruis is highly motivated to win this bout and has set out to prove the naysayers wrong as she hopes to send the Irish crowd home disappointed:

“I see Leah as a really complete fighter as she’s dangerous both on the feet and down on the mat. Hopefully I can disappoint a few people who are claiming that I’m being brought in to lose. I believe this fight will end early because neither of us are known for sending our fights to the judges’ scorecards.”

Ruis is in an unenviable spot as she has to take on a star in the making on her home turf. I like Ruis’ confidence, but McCourt appears to be the better overall fighter in this contest.

I see Leah defending the takedowns and keeping the fight upright where the former amateur champion will light up her opponent and score the TKO win.

Ruis vs McCourt Bet:McCourt (-335)

Final Thoughts on Bellator’s Dublin, Ireland Show

Bellator 239 is a more interesting show than this Dublin, Ireland event. There are very few matchups on this event that would even crack the main card of a regular Bellator show. Additionally, I hate how Bellator runs two shows on consecutive days then splits up the second show into two different events.

This is the type of booking that drives me crazy. I hope that Primus and McCourt can win their fights because Bellator needs more star power and credible fighters. The rest of the card is lackluster. I’m not even sure if the diehard Bellator fans can argue that this show is a good one.

The betting action is about as exciting as the card itself. Nevertheless, there are a few wagers that could earn you some money. Most notably, Redmond is an underdog in front of his fellow countrymen and should pull off the upset.

Rick Rockwell

As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...

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