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Bruna Ellen vs. Veta Arteaga Bellator 182 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17

Arteaga vs. Ellen

Bellator: Saturday, August 25, 2017 (Turning Stone Resort & Casino)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Spike

Bruna Ellen and Veta Arteaga fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

Bruna Ellen enters this fight with a 3-1 record and has won 67 percent of her fights by decision. Ellen has split last two fights is coming off a January win over Carmela James. Ellen is 1-1 in Bellator and has a really promising future considering she just turned 21 years old. Ellen is a scrappy grappler who relies on takedowns and fighting on the canvas where she’s shown an impressive ground and pound and ability to gain position. Ellen isn’t the most polished fighter when standing up, but she counters well and has good head movement on the defensive end. Ellen is still very raw in a lot of areas, but that will improve with more experience, and she has to like her chances if she can execute takedowns and get the fight where she wants it. This will be Ellen’s first fight in New York. 

Bruna Ellen vs. Veta Arteaga Bellator 182 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17

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Veta Arteaga enters this fight with a 3-1 record and has won 67 percent of her fights by decision. Arteaga has split her last two fights is coming off a Febuary win over Brooke Mayo. Arteaga is 2-1 in Bellator and has far less upside than her opponent considering she’ll turn 30 years old at the end of the year. Arteaga is a brawler who relies on her powerful striking game to pressure her opponent and did produce a doctor stoppage the last time we saw her. Arteaga throws a ton of strikes throughout her fights and is downright deadly if any land cleanly. Arteaga is a tough fighter with a proven chin and is going to force her opponent to beat her considering she’s always going to be the aggressor. Of course, Arteaga’s only loss was a split decision against Anastasia Yankova. This will be Arteaga’s first fight in New York. 

This is a nice fight between an exciting and powerful fighter in Arteaga, and a promising youngster with a raw ground game in Ellen. This fight will certainly give us a better idea of just how good the 21-year-old can be. But in terms of picking a winner, I have to side with Arteaga. She has a massive edge standing up and her power is going to make it tough for Ellen to counter and get comfortable. I’m just not sure Ellen is ready for this type of slugfest that’s coming at this stage of her career.

I like Arteaga to win this fight.

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