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Bellator 278: Velasquez vs. Carmouche predictions

Bellator women’s flyweight champion Juliana Velasquez takes on former military veteran Liz Carmouche tonight in Honolulu at Bellator 278, part of the company’s double-header weekend.

Bellator 278 is a special event dedicated to the men and women in the American armed forces. There have been a few late cancellations, but the main event is ready to go.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD

LUIS MURO (16-7-0) VS. NATE ANDREWS (16-4-0)

Andrews: This is a catchweight bout at 160 pounds. Andrews is older but I think has the maturity and experience to overcome some early trouble. And I have no relation to Nate.

Andrews Prediction: Nate Andrews via UD

GRANT NEAL (6-1-0) VS. CHRISTIAN EDWARDS (5-1-0) 

Andrews: Edwards has a 5-inch height advantage but was stopped in his last fight despite having the same advantage. So I think Grant will use the same playbook to chop down Edwards.

Andrews Prediction: Grant Neal via submission

JOMEL LUGO (8-0-0) VS. DANNY SABATELLO (11-1-0)

Andrews: A good one on paper. Sabatello has been hurt to the body before and the slight advantage has to go to A1 here.

Andrews Prediction: Jomel Lugo via UD

 ENRIQUE BARZOLA (17-5-2) VS. NIKITA MIKAHILOV (8-1-0)

Andrews: This is a catchweight at 140 pounds and Nikita is coming in on short notice. The advantage has to go to Barzola, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Mikhailov pulled it off. But I have to lean on the experience of Enrique.

Andrews Prediction: Enrique Barzola via UD

MAIN EVENT

JULIANNA VELASQUEZ (12-0-0) VS. LIZ CARMOUCHE (16-7-0)

Andrews: Carmouche says she has an advantage in training with former champion  Iiima Lei-Macfarlane. It is indeed helpful, but it won’t be enough. Velasquez is a certified beast, and Camouche needs to be extremely prepared on the ground, which is where the fight will be won for Velasquez.

Andrews Prediction: Juliana Velasquez via UD

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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