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Bellator 298 Betting Preview: Dayana Silva vs. Kateryna Shakalova

August 11, 2023


The preliminary card of the upcoming Bellator 298 event showcases an array of exhilarating fights that offer considerable prospects for betting enthusiasts. Within this lineup, make sure not to overlook the women's featherweight bout starring Dayana Silva and Kateryna Shakalova.


  • Location: Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

  • Date: Friday August 11, 2023

  • Main Card: 10:00 PM ET

  • Prelims: 6:30 PM ET

  • Watch on: Showtime

Dayana Silva Betting Preview

Silva has lost her last three out of four fights and needs to get back on track soon. Her most recent battle was a unanimous decision defeat against Leah McCourt back in September of last year.

Her fighting resume shows that 10 of her victories consist of two knockouts and eight decisions. She has one victory so far resulting in a first round finish and six of her eight losses have come by decision.

She has not had the best success lately, going 4-6 since 2015. On top of that, she has not had a quality win in quite a long time. This will definitely be one of her toughest matchups if she cannot defend.

She has put up a 1-3 record since joining Bellator back in 2021. She is also currently ranked as the 16th best female featherweight in the world, but this will likely change soon if she continues down this losing path.

Kateryna Shakalova Betting Preview

Shakalova is currently on a six fight winning streak heading into this battle. Her most recent success was a first round submission against Yulia Kutsenko back in January of last year.

Her fighting resume shows that seven of her victories consist of one knockout, four submissions, and two decisions. Three of her seven victories have resulted in a first round finish and her only loss has come by submission.

This will be her first appearance under the Bellator banner, which she is set up for a good opportunity. Her previous experiences involve Fight Exclusive Night (3-0) and Madabattle Martial Arts Festival (2-0) to name a few.

She is currently ranked as the 57th best female bantamweight in the world. She will have her hands full, but has an appealing opportunity to move up in the rankings.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie is showing that Kateryna Shakalova is a moderate favorite to win this fight. Shakalova is an intriguing bet to make, but you should think about adding her to a parlay with other fights on the night to maximize your bankroll.


  • Dayana Silva: +150

  • Kateryna Shakalova: -200

  • *odds are subject to changes

Silva has been so volatile in her last 10 fights that it makes it difficult to trust her. This fight will likely be dragged out to a decision, assuming Shakalova does not get the submission first.

Final Pick: Take Kateryna Shakalova to Win at -200