Bellator 286 – Pitbull vs. Borics Betting Odds: Pitbull Surrounded by Rivals

The Champ Defends Title on Same Night as Top Contenders

The king has returned. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defends his Bellator Featherweight Championship against Adam Borics all while watching a trio of his old and potentially new rivals fight for title shots – two in different divisions. That’s how great Pitbull has been – the man many consider as the greatest fighter outside of the UFC. The Pitbull vs. Borics betting odds favor Pitbull and as well as A.J. McKee, his last opponent, and Aaron Pico, who he could be fighting next.

Bellator 286: Pitbull vs Borics Event Info

  • Location: Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, CA, USA
  • Day/Time: Saturday 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Broadcast: Showtime, YouTube (Prelims)

Pitbull Remains Peerless

Pitbull is not invincible. Far from it as he has lost five times in his career including three times in a title fight. But what makes a fighter great isn’t invincibility but resilience. The diminutive champ came back from those losses and avenged most of them. When McKee choked him out in two minutes, it appeared like the dawn of a new era. Pitbull corrected that by soundly beating McKee and sending him up a weight division.

The Hungarian will also have a size advantage – five inches of reach and height – but again, nothing new for Pitbull.

Against Borics, Pitbull will take on a hot contender who has won four straight. Borics puts on a frenetic pace and will look to outwork Pitbull. But it’s not something the Brazilian has not seen. The Hungarian will also have a size advantage – five inches of reach and height – but again, nothing new for Pitbull.

We can’t underestimate Borics. The Pitbull vs. Borics betting odds have him as a slight underdog. But Pitbull has been one of the best favorites to back. Outside of his loss to McKee, which he avenged emphatically, Pitbull has turned back his challengers with no controversies. As a slight favorite, he beat Juan Archuleta by a wide decision and finished Emmanuel Sanchez in a rematch. Pitbull has been golden on the sportsbook.

Old Rivals: McKee, Pico, and Archuleta All Seeking Title Shots

Setting the stage for Pitbull’s main event are two of his old opponents: McKee and Archuleta. The two are involved in potential title eliminator fights if they can impress. McKee is debuting at lightweight and is a big favorite against Spike Carlyle. While neither are ranked, McKee may have a shorter path to the title thanks to being a former champion. A win here, maybe even a finish, will set him up nicely.

As for Archuleta, the former bantamweight champion is ranked third in the division. He may have a harder time booking a title shot as he’s lost to the two men who hold the belts: Sergio Pettis and Raufeon Stots (interim); however, if he gets past Enrique Barzola as a slight underdog, he’ll be one step closer to a rematch.

And finally, Aaron Pico is this close to a title shot. The longtime blue-chip prospect has won six in a row with his last loss coming against Borics. Pico is the largest favorite on the main card per the opening odds for Bellator 286. He should dominate Jeremy Kennedy, who has also lost to Borics.

Which Prospect Can Impress Most?

Several Irish prospects for the Bellator show in Ireland last week and it’s not often that we see consecutive events on the Bellator schedule. So, Scott Coker and co. made sure to make this count as they stacked the prelims with plenty of top prospects.

It starts with Sumiko Inaba, the unbeaten Hawaiian is favored by 8-1 against Nadine Mandiau, who is only 2-5-0 as a fighter. Inaba should make short work of Mandiau as she looks to crack the rankings at women’s 125 pounds.

Canadian Lance Gibson Jr. will also have plenty of opportunities to impress. The lightweight is undefeated at 6-0 as a professional and fights journeyman Dominic Clark (15-12-0). Gibson is a training partner of former Bellator champion Julia Budd and has an 83.3 percent chance of success per his Bellator 286: Pitbull vs. Borics betting odds.

Lastly, Bellator also ensured the locals are well represented with Bobby Seronio III. The 2-0 fighter is the second-largest favorite behind Inaba as he looks to turn back Miguel Peimbert, who is 1-1 as a professional.

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