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Bellator 261 Predictions & Tips For June 25

  • Bellator 261 takes place on Friday, June 25
  • Bellator 261 is being held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut
  • Moldavsky tipped to win interim heavyweight title
  • Carmouche & Jury tipped to win on main card
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Bellator 261 takes place on June 25 (Getty Images)
Leigh Copson 24 Jun 2021
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Bellator 261 Predictions & Tips

Bellator MMA 261 takes place on Friday, June 25 and is headlined by an interim heavyweight title fight between Timothy Johnson and Valentin Moldavsky.

Our tips for the night’s action are provided by expert MMA analysts and tipsters.

Valentin Moldavsky vs Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson made a rocky start with back-to-back first-round knockouts after signing with Bellator.

He has turned it around in spectacular fashion though, reeling off a three-fight win streak that includes a first-round knockout of Matt Mitrione and decision win over Cheick Kongo.

Johnson is a big-hitting heavyweight but his power could be neutralised here.

Valentin Moldavsky has won five straight fights since joining Bellator and there has been a consistent formula to his success.

Moldavsky takes his opponent down, keeps them there and grinds out the win. He can do that again here.

Liz Carmouche vs Kana Watanabe

Liz Carmouche has made a flying start to life in Bellator, winning back-to-back fights to surge into flyweight title contention.

She can make it three-in-a-row here by using her pressure striking to outpoint one-dimensional Kana Watanabe over three rounds.

Myles Jury vs Sidney Outlaw

Myles Jury has rebounded from the debut defeat to Benson Henderson with a couple of wins.

Surprisingly he is the underdog for this fight with Sidney Outlaw, and Jury could make the bookies regret that.

Jury, in my opinion, is the better of these two fighters and his high-volume striking could earn him the nod.


Moldavsky’s smother grappling game could negate Johnson’s punching power in the main event.

Carmouche’s all-round skillset can see off Watanabe and Jury could catapult himself right into lightweight title contention.

Best Bet: Myles Jury Winner @120.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Winner Treble Moldavsky, Carmouche, Jury @324.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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