Bellator 255: Patricio Freire vs. Emmanuel Sanchez Fight Card & Odds Preview

Massive underdog opportunities and big matchups to come on Bellator's inaugural 2021 fight card

Michael Hassani
Apr 1, 2021

Bellator is back in 2021 with Bellator 255: Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2. 

The main event is a title bout and semifinal matchup of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix tournament featuring two-division champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez. The fight is a rematch of their 2018 fight-of-the-year candidate, in which “Pitbull” took home the unanimous decision win. 

Can Sanchez pull off the upset and claim the Bellator Featherweight Title and a spot in the gran-prix finals, or will Patricio keep the belt and continue building his legacy as the best Featherweight outside the UFC?

The Vegas odds are strongly favouring Patricio Friere (-275) vs Emmanuel Sanchez (+200). Notably, Fanatics users are picking Pitbull to win at a remarkable 88%.

Some notable standouts:

Kana Watanabe (+150) is the most popular underdog on the Fanatics app. She’s being favoured by 82% of the community to beat the favourite Alexandra Lara (-200).

Usman Nurmagomedov is one of the biggest odds-on favourite of the card (-1055). The undefeated (11-0) cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov has big expectations on his shoulders as he goes up against Mike Hamel (+530) who is 2-4 in his last 6 fights.

The full Bellator 255 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (9 p.m. EST on Showtime)

Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Patricio Freire (-275) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (+200) – for the Bellator Featherweight Title and Grand Prix Semifinal

Neiman Gracie (-105) vs. Jason Jackson (-120)

Tyrell Fortune (-770) vs. Jack May (+495)

Mike Hamel (+530) vs. Usman Nurmagomedov (-1055)

Alejandra Lara (-195) vs. Kana Watanabe (+150)

PRELIMS (6 p.m. EST)

Cee Jay Hamilton +665) vs. Magomed Magomedov (-1110)

Mukhamad Berkhamov (-525) vs. Herman Terrado (+385)

Mandel Nallo (-265) vs. Ricardo Seixas (+210)

Fabio Aguiar (+205) vs. Khalid Murtazaliev (-255)

Chris Gonzalez (-270) vs. Roger Huerta (+210)

Jose Augusto vs. Jonathan Wilson

Roman Faraldo (-475) vs. Trevor Gudde (+345)

Branko Busick (+270) vs. Jordan Newman (-355

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