Updated September 12, 2023By Chris Boline
What: The main event contests at Bellator 299
Who: Bellator Men’s Middleweight Championship contest: Johnny Eblen (c) vs. Fabian Edwards & Men’s featherweight contest: Aaron Pico vs. Pedro Carvalho
When: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Where: 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Later this month, the best in Bellator will meet in Ireland for a stellar show in Dublin for Bellator 299. At the top of the card will be a battle for the Bellator Men’s Middleweight title as champion Johnny Eblen squares off against Fabian Edwards which should be the focal point point of your Bellator 299 betting. Eblen is currently undefeated and has notched an impressive 13-0 record in his MMA career. Meanwhile, Edwards has put himself in a position for this title bout thanks to his success in the Bellator Middleweight title eliminator after scoring a unanimous decision win over Gegard Mousasi. In the other notable battle of the night, Aaron Pico locks horns with Pedro Carvalho in a bout that could have major implications on the Bellator men’s featherweight division and be one of your Bellator 299 bets.
In this report, SBS will be going over what to look for from each of these fighters, along with predicted winners, and more notes about Bellator 299 betting.
Bellator 299 Main Event BoutsThe Pick
Johnny Eblen (c) vs. Fabian EdwardsEblen-110-110-110Aaron Pico vs. Pedro CarvalhoPico-130-130-130
Bellator Men’s Middleweight Championship overview: Johnny Eblen (c) vs. Fabian Edwards
Fighter Spotlight: Johnny Eblen
As noted above, the champion sports an undefeated record and is currently ranked as the No. 4 overall fighter in the Bellator men’s pound-for-pound rankings. Known as the “Human Cheat Code,” the native of Des Moines, Iowa, and was a former NCAA qualifier was a Division I wrestler for the Missouri Tigers. Coming off a unanimous decision title defense over Anatoly Tokov, Eblen has won the majority of his fights by way of decision (seven). In fact, he has done a sensational job in his last three bouts of scoring well, notching three consecutive unanimous decision wins in a row. He has never had a fight come down to a split decision victory as well, further signifying his dominance.
Fighter Spotlight: Fabian Edwards
Opposing the champion is the No.1 contender in the Bellator Middleweight Rankings, Edwards. The younger brother of UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards, the younger sibling has put together a solid career of his own in the Bellator ranks. Coming off back-to-back unanimous decision wins, the 30-year-old from Kingston, Jamaica certainly has the skill to win in all kinds of ways. With a balanced victory sheet of four career knockouts, three submission wins, and five decision victories, Edwards can do damage in a variety of ways. For instance, his bout against former UFC legend Lyoto Machida last year ended in a first-round KO thanks to a well-timed elbow shot.
Prediction: A battle that has earned its top billing rank, take Eblen to continue his winning ways in Dublin albeit by way of a split decision this time.
Johnny EblenTo win vs. Fabian Edwards
Bellator Men’s Featherweight Contest breakdown: Aaron Pico vs. Pedro Carvalho
Fighter Spotlight: Aaron Pico
A member of the famous Pico family of California, Pico is an accomplished wrestler and MMA combatant. He is a former Cadet World Champion and also placed second at the 2016 US Olympic Trials at 65 kilograms in freestyle wrestling. With a professional record of 11-4, the 26-year-old from Whittier, California has performed well since an early career mark of 2-2. He is coming off a unanimous decision win over James Gonzalez at Bellator 299. Moreover, not including his bout before last at Bellator 286 (loss due to shoulder injury), Pico has won seven fights in a row. Thus if he is healthy, he is a force to be reckoned with.
Fighter Spotlight: Pedro Carvalho
Our last athlete spotlight, Carvalho is a great combatant, but who has hit a patch of uncertainty in his last couple of bouts. After starting his MMA career with a record of 11-3, Carvalho has recorded a mark of 2-4, including two knockout losses. Moreover, after starting his Bellator career on a four-fight winning streak, the Portuguese athlete has hit some tough sledding. Regardless, this could be a bounce-back fight for him after falling to Jeremy Kennedy earlier this year at Bellator 291.
Prediction: This will be a hard-fought battle, but take Pico to score the win here given his more sustained success outside of injury. This should be one of the best Bellator 299 bets as well.
Aaron PicoTo win vs. Pedro Carvalho
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