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Bellator 298 Betting Preview: James Gallagher vs. James Gonzalez

August 11, 2023

Bellator 298 is preparing for an assortment of captivating bouts that present excellent betting opportunities. Keep a keen eye on the opening matches of the main card, particularly the featherweight feature bout between James Gallagher and James Gonzalez. 

  • 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

James Gallagher Betting Preview

Gallagher is coming off of a third round guillotine choke submission defeat against Patrick Mix back in November of 2021. This snapped his previous four fight winning streak dating back to 2019.

His fighting resume shows that 11 of his victories consist of nine submissions and two decisions. Eight of his 11 wins have resulted in a first round finish and he has one loss each by knockout and submission.

"The Strabanimal” has spent a majority of his career under the Bellator banner, going 8-2 against respectable opponents. He has not fought in a while, but that is because three consecutive bouts were canceled following his most recent defeat.

Gallagher has shown to be deadly on the ground, but was heavily tested in his battle against Mix. He is also ranked as the 105th best bantamweight fighter, where he normally fights, in the world.

James Gonzalez Betting Preview

Gonzalez is aiming to find some consistency after going 2-2 in his last four battles. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision defeat against Aaron Pico back in April of 2023.

His fighting resume shows that he has 10 wins that consist of three knockouts, two submissions, and five decisions. Three of his 10 wins have resulted in a first round finish and all six of his losses have come by decision.

“The Alley Cat” has moved around quite a bit over the years. His best experiences so far have been 1-1 in Bellator, 1-0 in the PFL, and 6-4 with the Ring of Combat.

This will arguably be one of the toughest battles he has encountered. For comparison, he has struggled against fighters with established resumes of over 10 wins. In addition, he is also ranked as the 129th best featherweight fighter in the world.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie reveals that James Gallagher is a moderate favorite to win this battle. If betting on Gallagher, you could look to add him to a parlay on the night with other fights to give your odds a boost.

  • James Gonzalez: +140

  • James Gallagher: -190

  • *odds are subject to changes

Both of these fighters have qualities that make them stand out, but one is clearly more of a threat than the other. Gonzalez has stumbled lately in recent fights and has not done well against established fighters. Look for Gallagher to potentially end this quickly by submission.

Final Pick: Take James Gallagher to Win at -190