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Bellator 299 Betting Preview: Kenny Mokhonoana vs. Josh O'Connor

September 23, 2023

Get ready for Bellator 299, where the preliminary lineup is brimming with enticing betting prospects. One must-watch bout that is generating buzz is the electrifying clash between featherweights Kenny Mokhonoana and Josh O'Connor, setting the stage for a prime betting opportunity.

Date: Saturday, September 23

Venue: 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland

Prelims: 11:00 AM ET

Main card: 4:00 PM ET

Coverage: Showtime

Kenny Mokhonoana Betting Preview

Mokhonoana has won his first five battles in his professional career and is looking to impress with his third straight Bellator win. His most recent victory was a first round TKO against Craig McIntosh at Bellator 291 back in February this year.

His five wins have all been early finishes, with one knockout and four submissions. All but one of his wins  have resulted in a first round finish.

“Black Diamond” went 11-6-0 in his amateur career before stepping into the octagon professionally in 2021. He has moved through various fighting leagues throughout the years, but has notably gone 2-0 in Bellator. He has established other quality wins in UAE Warriors, Cage Conflict, and Clan Wars.

His ranking in Ireland and the United Kingdom shows him as the 25th best professional featherweight fighter. He has a good opportunity to improve upon that here.

Josh O'Connor Betting Preview

Josh O'Connor will be making his professional debut in Bellator with this upcoming showdown. He has four victories without a loss to kickstart his resume, with his most recent win being a first round TKO against Aratz Garmendia back at Budo Fighting Championships 55 in March earlier this year.

He also has four wins that ended early, with three knockouts and one submission. Three of his four wins have resulted in first round finishes.

He went undefeated in seven amateur battles before turning professional in 2022. His professional wins have been lackluster to say the least, as he has wins against terrible fighters. One opponent had a 7-35 record while another had a 11-17.

His ranking through Ireland and the United Kingdom shows that he is 38th best professional featherweight currently. However, this will be put to the test to see if he is ready for improved competition.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's latest odds suggest that Kenny Mokhonoana stands as a strong candidate for victory in this match. For those considering supporting Mokhonoana, adding him to a multi-fight parlay could potentially boost the odds in your favor.

Josh O'Connor: +163

Kenny Mokhonoana: -243

Mokhonoana has looked good against other Bellator contenders and has won against fighters with a few wins under their belts. As for O’Connor, his resume is suspect since he has three wins against terrible fighters. Look for Mokhonoana to take care of business here.

Spooky Express Pick: Take Kenny Mokhonoana to Win at -242