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MacFarlane v Letourneau Betting Tips & Predictions

Here are our top MacFarlane v Letourneau betting tips. The final Bellator show of the year takes place at the Neal S Blaisdell Arenaon Dec 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii; Bellator 213 promises to close the show in style. There’s lots going on with title fights on the card as well as a couple of former UFC competitors. Furthermore, we’ll see the quarter-final of the Bellator Grand Prix decided on the night.

Armchair fans can watch the best of the night’s action live on DAZN and organisers have set-out no less than 10 fights for our entertainment. The main attraction sees Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defend her women’s flyweight title against the challenge of Valerie Letourneau; this clash promises to be a tense affair.

The top of the bill brawl is backed up by an intriguing supporting act with Lyoto Machida v Rafael Carvalho meeting at middleweight; Neimann Gracie v Ed Ruth giving us a welterweight spectacle; Muhammad Lawal v Liam McGeary from the light heavyweight division and Kona Oliveira v Nainoa Dung going toe-to-toe at lightweight.

That makes up the main card. However, there’s plenty more to hold the interest of die-hard fans on the Preliminary card which can be followed live on, either on the desktop version of their site or the mobile app. Timothy Teves v Canaan Kawaihae do battle at featherweight and there’s also Kai Kamaka III v Shojin Miki bantamweight; Ryan Dela Cruz v Spencer Higa lightweight; Dustin Barca v Isaac Hopps lightweight and Kala Hose v Marcus Gamble light heavyweight.

Make Things More Interesting

No lack of hard-hitting fight action on the night and it promises to be well worth a watch; each of the bouts on the programme offer us something different. Bookmakers have done their bit to mark the occasion by offering attractive betting odds on the main events, giving you the chance to make things more interesting with a winning bet, lining your pockets while enjoying the show.

You can have your say on the winner of a selection of bouts and throw them together in a nice priced accumulator, aiming for a decent pay-out off small stakes; otherwise, you can take a bit of a risk and shoot for the top shelf. Gamble in the method of victory market and you’ll get a bigger price if calling the winner of any fight covered by traders and how they will succeed – submission, KO or decision. Do your homework on both fighters, read the form and make an educated pick. Getting it right is no mean feat; however, it’ll keep you glued to the outcome.

To help you towards a nice profit in time for Christmas our team of MMA enthusiasts and sports betting experts have put their heads together to come up with a preview of the main event, offering their opinions on how the fight should go and the best place to lay your stake money. Let’s find you a winner, and one at a nice price too.

Our Tip: MacFarlane to win – 57/100 at Bet365

Champion Confident of a Successful Defence

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane arrives on a run of form that has earned her the world title;  she’ll prepare with confidence in the camp that a successful defence is on the cards. The 28-year-old American from Hawaii has a fighting style reliant on her Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and wrestling backgrounds, making her the type of all-round fighter perfect for mixed martial arts. She’s as confident on her feet as with her back to the floor and that has been key to her success.

Fighting out of the San Diego Combat Academy, the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu brown belt has a professional MMA record of eight wins from eight fights. Five of her victories to date have come by way of submission with two by decision and only one knockout on her record; that backs up her experience, being more of a technical fighter, rather than one who will go out looking to score hard punches. That should be kept in mind by those eager to back MacFarlane for the win, knowing there’s more to be had in taking her to score by submission and that’s a bet we would suggest having. If following our advice your stake money will enjoy the backing of the form, and that’s not to be taken lightly.

Another Early Night on the Cards?

MacFarlane was last seen beating Alejandra Lara at Temecula, California back in June when snatching another win by submission, a result achieved thanks to an armbar that forced her opponent to call it quits, and no one blamed her either given the brutality of the assault. That was the champion’s first defence of the title she won with a triangle armbar vs Emily Ducote the fight before in November of last year at University Park, Pennsylvania.

A closer look at MacFarlane’s form makes a bet on the submission obvious as that would’ve been paid out as a winner in each of her last three and five of her last six. This is a run that shouldn’t be ignored and it adds serious weight to our selection. Looking for more? Backers after a bigger price may be interested to know the form fighter has won two of six inside the first round. Another early night will earn you a memorable prize.

Any Value in Valerie?

Valerie Letourneau trains for this fight with MMA stats of 10 wins from 16 starts. That winning spell is made up of five by decision, four knockouts and one submission win. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt has campaigned at strawweight, flyweight and bantamweight during a career that can be tracked back to 2007. She has a style that showcases her kickboxing and boxing backgrounds.

The Canadian, based in Coconut Creek, Florida, represents the American Top Team and has won each of her last two fights. She beat Kate Jackson on points in Bellator 191 and Kristina Williams on Bellator 201 in California back in the summer of this year. That double followed a string of defeats and Valerie Letourneau has lost three of her last five which is sure to put a few off backing her, especially when in with an opponent who is yet to taste defeat.

Scorecard Defeats

Two of those three defeats came on the scorecards; with MacFarlane valuing brains over brawn in her approach, we expect this one to go into the latter stages with the scoring judges on standby if we can’t get a winner before the end. Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Viviane Pereira were the two fighters to inflict those points defeats, meaning seven of Valerie’s last eight have gone the distance. This one should fall into line.

The spare result on that run was an inside the distance reverse suffered at the heavy hands of Joanne Calderwood on UFC Fight Night Ottowa in June of this year. That premature end was the result of a sustained attack of punches and kicks in the flyweight division, although that was at a higher level that she’s mixing it in now.

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