This week the Bellator Fighting Championships will begin their Welterweight tournament with four quarterfinal fights, with the winner getting a six-figure payday and a shot at undefeated Ben Askren and the Bellator Welterweight title later in the year.
Headlining the Bellator 63 fight card will be Chris Lozano and Karl Amoussou. Lozano lost in the semifinals of last season’s tournament and will be looking for revenge this year. He is currently listed as a -175 favorite at Bovada, while Amoussou comes in as the +145 underdog. Look for Lozano to utilize his speed and footwork to wear down his opponent for a third-round TKO.
Veteran Ben Saunders is being offered a challenge from an undefeated Raul Amaya. Saunders went all the way to the finals in the Welterweight tournament last season, and will be looking to win it all this time around. As the heavy -375 favorite Saunders’ experience is expected to be the difference in this fight. Amaya will pay out a hefty +285 at Bovada if he can find a way to keep his undefeated streak alive.
Bryan Baker may be coming off a one-sided beatdown from the hands of Vitor Vianna last October, but handicappers at Bovada currently have him listed as the -300 favorite this weekend at Bellator 63. He’s expected to be too much for the +230 underdog Carlos Pereira, who is 15-1-1 in his last 17 fights. Based on that, Pereira has some upset value in this fight.
Jordan Smith will look to make a name for himself in his Bellator debut against David Rickels. He is currently handicapped at Bovada as the -160 favorite and may get more expensive as fight time approaches. Rickels is undefeated in eight fights and will be looking to go 4-0 in Bellator matchups. He is currently handicapped as the +130 underdog and looks like the best upset pick on the Bellator 63 fight card.