Bellator 267 betting preview: MVP to gain welterweight revenge in London

Bellator returns to the UK this Friday as MVP and Douglas Lima face off in the Octagon for a much anticipated rematch.

Michael 'Venom' Page was handed his first career defeat by Lima back in May 2019 - he now seeks revenge, coming off of five consecutive wins.

Our Planet Sport tipsters will analyse the standout fights below. Maybe one of the bouts below will catch your eye.

(Text odds are correct at time of publishing, the odds in the pretty blue boxes are up-to-date)

Here's a snapshot of our selections:

Yves Landu (13/8) vs Tim Wilde (1/2) - Lightweight

Luke Trainer (2/9) vs Yannick Bahati (10/3) - Light heavyweight

Robert Whiteford (2/5) vs Andrew Fisher (2/1) - Featherweight

Leah McCourt (2/13) vs Jessica Borga (9/2) - Featherweight

Douglas Lima (5/6) vs MVP (1/1) - Welterweight main event

Douglas Lima vs Michael 'Venom' Page

We will start off with the long awaited rematch between Lima and MVP. Two of best welterweight challengers will clash heads this Friday night at Wembley's SSE Arena Octagon.

The two fighters are hard to separate, both showing considerable attributes that could swing the bout in their favour.

MVP faced his first career defeat to the Brazilian in 2019. However, since he tasted the canvas, the Englishman has won his last five fights in the Octagon - the most recent being against Derek Anderson in May, winning via TKO.

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His impressive 19 wins have included 12 knockouts - four of them have been in his last five. And with the home fans cheering him on in London, we may see one of his eye-catching celebrations on Friday night.

Lima, on the other hand, has not been up to standard in recent fights. In his previous two, he has lost both through decision - his most recent to Yaroslav Amosov in June this year, losing his Bellator welterweight world championship.

But what Lima does have that MVP doesn't is 41 fights worth of experience. His 32-9 record is impressive, and after defeating MVP last time through a Knockout of the Month worthy strike, the Brazilian will be looking to redeem himself.

The last time the pair faced one another, they were in the Octagon for 35 seconds. I'd expect it to last longer than that.

Leah McCourt vs Jessica Borga

Another fighter who looks to continue their unbeaten run to six this Friday Fight Night is Leah McCourt as she takes on the American Jessica Borga.

Since her debut loss to Rizlen Zouak in June 2017, McCourt, 2/13, has risen to the top and has certainly made a name for herself in the MMA scene, winning five professional bouts in a row.

The Northern Irish women's last victory was over Janay Harding in May this year, winning by submission at Bellator 259. She has become the fastest rising prospect in Bellator, however, Friday will not be an easy task.

Although Borga, priced at 9/2 with Planet Sport Bet, comes into this fight from a defeat to Talita Nogueira, she will be looking for redemption.

Her professional record currently holds at 3-3, and the only American to be competing at Bellator 267 will want to represent her country and get back on track for a positive record.

However, despite Borga having a hard heart to break, McCourt should edge it in the Octagon. She has mastered her takedowns and submissions, winning two out of the last three that way, which will go hand in hand with her devastating striking power.

Robert Whiteford vs Andrew Fisher

After leaving Bellator in 2014, Andrew Fisher, priced at 2/1 with Planet Sport Bet, returns for his second fight in his second Bellator term, looking to extend his impressive win streak.

The Englishman returned to Bellator in October 2020 - winning his second debut against Ashleigh Grimshaw by unanimous decision at Bellator Euro series nine.

His first win back at Bellator also extended his impressive win streak to four and he will certainly be looking to make it five this Friday.

Scotsman Robert Whiteford, 2/5, also has the opportunity to extend his streak to five at the SSE Arena, and he may have the upper hand.

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Whiteford made it four from four after knocking out Sam Sicilia at the SSE Arena in November 2019 - also his Bellator debut.

After leaving the UFC in 2016 with a record of 0-2, Whiteford fought in ACB, gaining three wins out of three, before joining Bellator in 2019. It is safe to say that his confidence is high right now.

The Scotsman's hard-hitting punches may do more damage on the night than Fisher's grappling and takedown style. Whiteford is favourite to have his hand raised when the bell is rung.

Luke Trainer vs Yannick Bahati

'The Gent' Luke Trainer, priced at 2/9 with Planet Sport Bet, comes in as favourite for this all-English bout as he looks to continue his great start to Bellator.

After making his debut at Bellator Euro Series Eight in September 2020, Trainer has the opportunity to extend his win streak to five as well as to remain undefeated.

In his previous bout, the Englishman was also the clear favourite, defeating Alex O'Toole via KO/TKO convincingly in the first round.

And this may also be the case this Friday as his opponent, Yannick Bahati, 10/3, has lost four out his last five, three of those being in the first round.

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His English opponent, the 'Black Mamba', lost three in a row before joining Bellator in May 2019 and has since gone onto win and lose another - his last to Melvin Manhoef in November 2019.

However, after not fighting for two years, Bahati could turn his MMA career around with a potential surprising victory this Friday.

Yves Landu vs Tim Wilde

With both fighters having won four out of their last five - this bout will certainly be tasty.

Yves Landu, priced at 13/8 with Planet Sport Bet, comes into the Octagon this Friday back off of a Flying Knee victory against Terry Brazier, and will be looking to replicate this in London.

The Frenchman hasn't fought for almost a year now, however will be raring to go come fight night. This will be his second Bellator bout, and in the last two years he has really picked up form.

The Frenchman likes to fight from distance, and if he can keep that up throughout the fight, he could have one hand on the win.

Whereas for Tim Wilde, the Englishman likes to throw punches at close range to gain an early round finish.

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The Englishman, priced at 1/2 with Planet Sport Bet, has also won four out his last five - his last victory was claimed against Charlie Leary at Bellator London in 2019.

The clear favourite arguably has more power and strength against Landu, but only if he can eliminate fighting from distance.

With a record of 13-4, winning six of those through KO/TKO, Tim Wilde could finish Yves Landu early on Friday.