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Bellator 299 Betting Preview: Darragh Kelly vs. Jelle Zeegers

September 23, 2023


On the preliminary card of Bellator 299, a plethora of exciting betting options await enthusiasts. Among the standout matchups vying for your attention is the thrilling featherweight showdown between Darragh Kelly and Jelle Zeegers. 


  • Date: Saturday, September 23

  • Venue: 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland

  • Prelims: 11:00 AM ET

  • Main card: 4:00 PM ET

  • Coverage: Showtime

Darragh Kelly Betting Preview

Kelly has been successful in all four of his professional battles so far. His most recent victory for Bellator fans was a third round TKO against Jordan Dorval in Bellator 291 back in February of this year. After that, his next encounter leading up to this one was a second round submission win over Andre Ferreira in June a few months back.

Of his four wins, he has compiled one by knockout, two by submission, and one by decision. One of his submission wins is his only first round finish, but he is likely going to produce more as time goes on.

“Moville Mauler” has been perfect in Bellator (3-0) and is aiming to continue his winning ways. Looking back at his rise in amateur combat, he went 9-0 with a majority of his battles with the Clan Wars promotion.

He is considered to be the 27th best professional lightweight out of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Another win here would make this rank improve.

Jelle Zeegers Betting Preview

Zeegers has started his professional career off with a 2-2 record. His most recent showing was a unanimous decision defeat back at Fair Fighting Championship 11 against Ahmad Abbas, but this was back in November of 2021.

In his fighting resume, it is composed of one win each by knockout and decision. His knockout happened to be a first round finish and he has one loss each by submission and decision.

“Barbarious” looked great in his amateur run, where he went 5-0 before turning professional in 2019. Since moving up, he has not yet faced anyone with quality experience and has a subpar record to show. This will also be his first battle in Bellator.

He is currently ranked as the 155th best bantamweight and 292nd best welterweight in Western Europe. This is the biggest fight of his career, so he will need to prepare better than before.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's latest betting odds bring Darragh Kelly into the limelight as a heavy favorite poised to claim victory in this match. If you are considering placing a bet on Kelly, incorporating him into a multi-fight parlay might be a savvy move to enhance your potential winnings.


  • Jelle Zeegers: +850

  • Darragh Kelly: -1500

Zeegers might have a puncher's chance hovering. However, look for Kelly to win potentially early within the fight.

Spooky Express Pick: Take Darragh Kelly to Win at -1500