Fedor Emelianenko vs Ryan Bader: Betting and Odds Preview – January 26 2019

fedor emelianenko
Fedor Emelianenko

The Bellator heavyweight title is currently vacant but that won’t be the case for much longer. On January 26, 2019, the MMA year will get off to a spectacular start with Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader battling it out for the right to lift that crown.

Bader will be stepping up from the light heavyweight section where he is the current world champion while Emelianenko is very much a veteran of the heavyweight section.

Fight Odds

Ryan Bader
Ryan Bader

The bookmakers have identified a very clear favourite here and it’s Ryan Bader who leads the straight result market at 3/10 with Betway. Fedor Emelianenko follows at best odds of 3/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral so is there any value in this particular bet?

Bader is the reigning light heavyweight champion in the Bellator division and in 31 overall fights, he’s recorded 26 wins and five losses. Of those 26 victories, 11 have been by knockout with three coming by submission while the remaining 12 were by decision.

Moving over to Fedor Emelianenko and we find a man coming to the end of his career, He’s more used to the heavyweight division than his opponent but at the age of 42, does he have enough left in the tank to upset those odds?

As for his record, the Russian has 44 pro fights behind him and in that time he has recorded 38 victories. Of those wins, 12 have been by knockout and 17 by submission with nine victories by decision completing the list. Emelianenko has suffered five defeats on the way, some of which came much earlier in his career while there has been one No Contest.

Other Betting Options

With some two months left until the fight takes place, the only market we have available right now is for the outright win. That should change in the weeks leading up to the bout and given their complete records, the method of victory bet should be particularly interesting.

We would also be looking to take a punt on this not going the distance but for now, it’s all about picking a winner.


betwayAccording to the bookmakers there can only be one outcome in this contest and it may be quite easy to agree with them and simply back the favourite Ryan Bader. He’s making a step up in terms of weight but at 35 he is essentially at his peak and many feel that the American should move seamlessly from the light heavyweight division.

Fedor Emelianenko can’t be ignored here and shouldn’t be dismissed simply because of his advancing years. He is a powerful fighter, has an impressive record across a long professional career and he is also far more experienced in this heavyweight division.

Of those five overall career defeats, three losses came in succession between 2010 and 2012 so we can essentially dismiss those. The Russian subsequently put his pro career in the world of mixed martial arts on hiatus and he has certainly come back stronger but is there enough left for the 42 year old to upset the odds?

Hopefully there will be some additional markets released shortly as for those backing Ryan Bader, there is little in the way of value in the result betting right now. For those that want to commit, there is a challenge from Emelianenko but his age, coupled with the theory that Bader is simply a better fighter, means that we’re looking for a modest profit from those 3/10 odds in the straight win market.

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