Sergio Pettis, left, lands a punch to the head of Joseph Benavidez during their flyweight UFC 225 Mixed Martial Arts event Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)
Sergio Pettis looks to defend his bantamweight title against Kyoji Horiguchi
A key featherweight fight between Emmanuel Sanchez and Jeremy Kennedy serves as the co-main
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Bellator is back in Uncasville, Connecticut for Bellator 272 on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 where the bantamweight title is on the line. In the main event, Sergio Pettis looks to defend the belt for the first time against former Bellator and RIZIN bantamweight champ, Kyoji Horiguchi who had to vacate both titles due to a knee injury, so he’s looking to get back what’s his. Horiguchi is listed as the -175 betting favorite in the Bellator 272 odds.
Bellator 272 airs live on Showtime in the States and on YouTube in Canada on December 3, 2021 at 10 PM EST. The table below shows odds for the main card followed by best bets.
Let’s take a look at all the Bellator 272 odds at BetMGM, along with our best bets for the card.
Bellator 272 Odds
Jay Jay Wilson
All odds as of Nov. 30 at BetMGM
Pettis vs Horiguchi Pick & Prediction
Sergio Pettis vs. Kyoji Horiguchi is a phenomenal fight as both men have proven to be among the best bantamweights in the world. They are also very similar in the fact both men started to get the respect they deserve once they left the UFC and became champions elsewhere.
Pettis vs Horiguchi Recent Fights
Juan Archuleta, win by decision (title fight)
Kai Asakura, win by TKO (RIZIN title fight)
Ricky Bandejas, win by decision
Kai Asakura, loss by TKO
Alfred Khashakyan, win by submission
Darrion Caldwell, win by decision (Bellator title fight)
Tyson Nam, win by decision
Ben Nguyen, win by TKO
Both Pettis and Horiguchi are very well-rounded as both men are great strikers with underrated ground games, which makes this fight so interesting. It should be noted that Horiguchi hasn’t fought since New Year’s Eve 2020 so he is coming off a bit of a layoff, but he has done it before it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.
Pettis vs Horiguchi Stats
Early on, I expect both men to have a feeling out process of sorts as Horiguchi will look to get his foot movement and range going once again due to the time off. Pettis, meanwhile, has never been that much of a fast starter as he is more patient and uses his jab and leg kicks well.
This fight will be super competitive and be back-and-forth, but I just think Horiguchi is lightly better than Pettis everywhere. On the feet, Pettis doesn’t have KO power while Horiguchi does. However, Horiguchi doesn’t get tired, so he has the cardio to go five hard rounds. Ultimately, I expect Horiguchi to piece up Pettis on the feet and mix in some wrestling to control the scrap and win a decision to reclaim his Bellator bantamweight title.
Pick: Kyoji Horiguchi (-185)
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Sanchez vs Kennedy Pick & Prediction
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Jeremy Kennedy is a pivotal fight for both men as the loser will likely no longer be a contender in the division and be considered a gatekeeper at best.
Sanchez vs Kennedy Recent Fights
Mads Burnell, loss by decision
Adam Borics, loss by decision
Patricio Pitbull, loss by submission (title fight)
Matt Bessette, win by decision
Daniel Weichel, win by decision
Daniel Pineda, No Contest
Tywan Claxton, win by submission
Luis Rafael Laurentino, win by decision
Kennedy has fought in all the top promotions as he started out in UFC before going to the PFL and now Bellator, while Sanchez has been a perennial contender in Bellator as he’s been with the promotion since 2014.
This should be a good fight as Sanchez will want to keep it standing while Kennedy will want to take it to the ground. I do expect Kennedy to be able to use his wrestling and take Sanchez down as his takedown defense is a concern. It will be a close scrap, but the wrestling of Kennedy will be the difference as he’ll edge out a decision.
Pick: Jeremy Kennedy (+185)
Other Bellator 272 Picks:
Johnny Eblen (-1000): Eblen should win this fight by decision but Huckbody is no joke, he even was awarded a UFC contract, but declined because he didn’t feel he was ready. Eblen will be able to grind out a decision, but no way should this line be -1000.
Jay Jay Wilson (-275): Wilson is moving up to lightweight after missing weight at 145lbs, he’s the real deal and will get the TKO win here.