Bellator 231 Free Picks, Facts and Previews for Main Fights

Bellator 231 Free Picks, Facts and Previews for Main Fights

Bellator 231 - Friday, October 25, 2019

Bellator 231 was live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Fight prices below updated on October 25, 2019. With their method of victory listed - fight winners are displayed in red below.

Favorite Win Bellator 231 Win Underdog

Roy Nelson

1.541 Unanimous Decision 2.50 Frank Mir
Phil Davis 1.222 TKO R3 3:06 4.25

Karl Albrektsson

Ed Ruth

1.286 Split Decision 3.65

Jason Jackson

Bec Rawlings

1.435 Submission R2 3:35 2.80

Ilara Joanne

Jake Hager

1.143 No Contest (Groin Strike) R1 1:56 5.50

Anthony Garrett

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It will broadcast from the Paramount Network or the DAZN streaming service and features a five-fight main card with six more fights in the undercard. Learn more about Bellator betting on the Bellator odds page.

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Bellator 231 - All Fights

Main Card

  • Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson
  • Light Heavyweight: Phil Davis vs. Karl Albrektsson
  • Welterweight: Ed Ruth vs. Jason Jackson
  • Women's Flyweight: Bec Rawlings vs. Ilara Joanne
  • Heavyweight: Jake Hager vs. Anthony Garrett

Preliminary Card

  • Middleweight: Tim Caron vs Lucas Borges
  • Flyweight: Brandon Medina vs Brandon Santiago
  • Women's Featherweight: Talita Noguiera vs Jessy Miele
  • Heavyweight: Steve Mowry vs Gokhan Saricam
  • Light Heavyweight: Dalton Rosta vs Ahmed Samir
  • Women's Atomweight: Elise Reed vs Rebecca Bryggman

Bellator 231 - Frank Mir vs Roy Nelson

Bellator: Mir vs Nelson 2 will be headlined by two of the most popular heavyweights to grace MMA.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will rematch fan favourite Roy Nelson. The pair previously fought in 2011 with Mir taking home a unanimous decision victory.

Mir vs Nelson marks the old school "grappler versus striker" mould regardless of the fact that both men are well-versed MMA fighters. Mir is traditionally a submissions specialist (nine of his 18 wins are via submission) but has improved his boxing over the years.

Nelson is a knockout artist with 14 of his 23 wins coming via this method. 

Both fighters need a win badly as they are only a combined 1-5 in their Bellator tenure. With both way past their prime, this fight could either end quickly or drag on. 

Nelson should beat Mir. He still has knockout power and Mir has been susceptible to getting knocked out. 

Roy Nelson Defeats Frank Mir
1.541 Odds
Spin Palace Sports

Bellator 231 - Phil Davis vs Karl Albrektsson

Davis vs Albrektsson pits one of the light heavyweight division's most accomplished veterans against a talented prospect. Although there is no doubting this match in terms of odds: Davis will be a big favourite. 

The former Bellator champion has faced the best light heavyweights and has only lost to future champions or title contenders. This is a stiff test right off the bat for the Swede who has an 8-2 record and is on a three-fight winning streak.

It's too much too soon for Albrektsson. Expect Davis to win this fight using his superior wrestling and athleticism to get a clear-cut decision or a stoppage.

Phil Davis Takes Out Karl Albrektsoon
1.222 Odds

Bellator 231 - Ed Ruth vs Jason Jackson

Arguably Bellator's most talented wrestling prospect, Ed Ruth returns looking to string consecutive victories against Jason "The Ass-Kicking Machine" Jackson.

Jackson gets style points for his nickname, but he will be severely overmatched here against a potential future champion.

Ruth, a three-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion, has only lost to Neiman Gracie, another elite prospect whose only loss is to the champion, Rory Macdonald.

Ruth can always use his wrestling to dominate Jackson, but if he wants to "stand and bang", he can do that.

As a wrestler, Ruth has knockout power and is gifted athletically. But as a smart fighter, he'll take this to the ground for an easy win.

Ed Ruth Defeats Jason Jackson
1.286 Odds

Bellator 231 - Bec Rawlings vs Ilara Joanne

"Rowdy" Bec Rawlings returns to MMA action to take on Brazilian Ilara Joanne. Rawlings, a UFC vet is also a bareknuckle fighter and is one of the more colourful fighters around. Joanne is relatively unknown and has an 8-4 record though against local competition. 

While Rawlings is a journeywoman and not that great of a fighter, she's good enough to beat Joanne who just isn't on her level in terms of skill and experience. 

Rawlings should outbox Joanne and snuff whatever grappling or wrestling the Brazilian will attempt. Although this is the type of fight you should avoid betting by all means.

Bec Rawlings Takes Down Ilara Joanne
1.435 Odds

Where to watch Bellator 231 fights?

When it comes to Bellator, it's almost the same as it is with the UFC. Technically, not really. Where you watch UFC is different from where you catch Bellator. 

Bellator airs mostly on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV) or DAZN, an online streaming service. Occasionally, Bellator will host a pay-per-view you can buy from your local cable subscription. And rarely, but they exist, you can catch Bellator at your local pub.

Scott Coker has mentioned bringing Bellator to Canada more often. But as far as airing it on a Canadian network, it has yet to be done.