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Bellator 301 Betting Preview: Patricky Pitbull vs. Alexander Shabliy

November 17, 2023

Bellator 301 boasts many compelling betting options, especially in the main card when top-ranked Patricky Pitbull (25-11-0) takes on second-ranked Alexander Shabliy (24-3-0) for the lightweight World Grand Prix fight. At the moment, Shabliy is heavily favored to win at -600.

  • Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023

  • Main Card: 9:00 PM ET

  • Prelims: 5:00 PM ET

  • Coverage: Showtime

Patricky Pitbull Betting Preview

Freire has gone 3-3 over his previous six fights, which is not the consistency he needs as he enters this battle. His previous fight, however, was a third round TKO win over Roberto Satoshi de Souza in July earlier this year at Bellator MMA x Rizin 2.

The 37-year-old has accumulated 25 wins that consist of 17 knockouts, one submission, and seven decisions. He has turned eight of these wins into first round finishes and seven of his 11 defeats have come by decision.

“Pitbull” has put together a compelling resume against some of the best fighters in the division. He has gone 2-1 in Rizin and is currently 16-9 in Bellator, which is not the best record to have in the promotion but has built a great reputation despite the amount of losses.

He is currently ranked as the 53rd best lightweight fighter in the world. This would be a much-needed win for his career, as he is arguably slipping in his current state.

Alexander Shabliy Betting Preview

Shabliy has been successful in his last eight fights and is aiming to make it nine in a row. His most recent win was a third round TKO over Tofiq Musayev back at Bellator 292 in March of this year.

His fighting resume is showing 23 wins consisting of 12 knockouts, seven submissions, and four decisions. In 14 of these wins, he has finished the fight in the first round which makes him a deadly opponent to face.

“Peresvet” has quickly climbed near the top of the division with his previous success. He has gone 2-1 in the Absolute Championship Berkut and is currently 4-0 in Bellator.

He ranks 33rd globally for his talents as a lightweight fighter. This would be another quality win to add to his resume and eventually set up a title shot.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie showcases Alexander Shabliy as a heavy favorite to win this battle. Bettors should consider adding him to a parlay with other fights on the night to potentially improve his payout. In addition, more prop bets on the day of the fight could prove to be more appealing.

  • Patricky Pitbull: +425

  • Alexander Shabliy: -600

Pitbull has a great resume, but is arguably outmatched here. Consider adding Shabliy to a parlay or wait for a prop bet for an early finish.

Spooky Express Pick: Alexander Shabliy in a Parlay to Win or Prop