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Bellator 298 Betting Preview: Marcirley Alves Da Silva vs. Jerrell Hodge

August 11, 2023

Intriguing fights will be on display for betting opportunities in the prelims for Bellator 298. One battle to check out is a bantamweight showdown between Marcirley Alves Da Silva and Jerrell Hodge.

  • 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

Marcirley Alves Da Silva Betting Preview

Alves is currently on a two-fight winning streak heading into this matchup. His most recent win was a second round TKO against Julio Pereira de Almeida back in December of last year.

His fighting resume shows that 11 of his victories consist of nine knockouts and two decisions. Six of his 11 wins have resulted in a first round finish and two out of his three losses have come by submission.

"Durin” will be making his debut in Bellator after recent success in the Jungle Fight Championships, where he is 5-0 in that promotion. His last loss was back in the summer of last year, which was his debut in the Legacy Fighting Alliance.

In his last three battles, he has faced consistent challenges from solid opponents. According to world rankings, he is the seventh best bantamweight fighter from Brazil.

Jerrell Hodge Betting Preview

Hodge has won his most recent five fights and is aiming to extend his streak. His most recent victory was a unanimous decision against Rafael do Nascimento back in March of this year.

His fighting resume shows that he has 10 wins that consist of one knockout, four submissions, and five decisions. He only has one victory that has resulted in a first round finish and two of his three losses have come by decision.

“Thundercat” is also making his debut in Bellator and has a good test on his hands. He previously went 3-0 in the Ohio Combat League and 1-0 in the Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Hodge has faced a variety of fighters along the way and has a good boxing background. He is currently ranked as the 147th best bantamweight in the world.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie shows that this battle is a toss up, with Marcirley Alves Da Silva being slightly favored here. Both fighters are evenly matched, as shown by the odds.

  • Jerrell Hodge: -105

  • Marcirley Alves Da Silva: -115

  • *odds are subject to changes

Looking at both fighters, Hodge has consistently faced solid competition. He also has been working on his boxing throughout his MMa career and engaging in exhibition matches.

Alves has an appealing resume as well, but has only recently been challenged by good fighters. Overall, Hodge has a lot to like here and is likely the better striker to take over this fight.

Final Pick: Take Jerrell Hodge to Win at -105