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Bellator 298 Betting Preview: Hamza Salim vs. Sullivan Cauley

August 11, 2023

Fascinating betting prospects await in the prelims of Bellator 298, showcasing captivating fights worth some attention. A notable matchup that is worth considering is the light heavyweight clash between Hamza Salim and Sullivan Cauley.

  • 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

Hamza Salim Betting Preview

Salim is 1-4 in his last five fights and is desperate for consistency, but will be tested once again. His most recent battle was a first round knockout defeat to Saeid Mirzaei back in December of last year.

His fighting resume shows that six of his victories consist of five knockouts and one decision. Four of his six wins have resulted in a first round finish and four out of his six losses have come by decision.

"The Hamza” has not quite made his mark in a few fighting leagues. He has gone 0-2 in Bellator and 0-1 in the Legacy Fighting Alliance. Some of these battles were against subpar competitors, making the losses even worse.

His victories have not been that impressive either, as one of his recent wins was against a fighter who had a 18-48 record. Looking at rankings, he is the 246th best middleweight fighter in the US.

Sullivan Cauley Betting Preview

Cauley just experienced his first career defeat, which was a first round rear naked choke submission against Luke Trainer. This snapped his previous undefeated five-fight winning streak spanning back to 2020.

His fighting resume shows that he has five wins that consist of five knockouts. All of his five knockouts have resulted in a first round finish.

“Sully” has experienced all of his professional battles in Bellator, making him a fan favorite in this battle. He has a few quality wins on his resume that stand out, but this is arguably an easier battle for him coming up.

Cauley is currently the 97th best light heavyweight fighter in the world according to rankings. He has an opportunity to move up a bit if he is able to impress in this battle.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie shows that Sullivan Cauley is an overwhelming favorite to win this battle. Consider adding him to a parlay with other fighters on the night to get the best odds.

  • Hamza Salim: +463

  • Sullivan Cauley: -1000

  • *odds are subject to changes

Salim has a slight chance to win this battle if he can stay aggressive and keep Cauley moving all the way up to a decision. However, this will likely end early since Cauley has been dangerous in the first round so far in his fights. Look for Cauley to finish by knockout.

Final Pick: Take Sullivan Cauley to Win at -1000