Chris Honeycutt vs. Leonardo Leite Bellator 202 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/13/18
Leonardo Leite vs. Chris Honeycutt
Bellator: Friday, July 13, 2018 (WinStar World Casino)
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TV: Paramount Network
Chris Honeycutt and Leonardo Leite fight Friday during Bellator 202 at WinStar World Casino.
Chris Honeycutt enters this fight with an 10-2-1 record and has won five of his fights by knockout. Honeycutt has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a December loss to Rafael Lovato Jr. Honeycutt is coming off a tough loss that snapped a four-fight winning streak and will now fight for the first time this year. Honeycutt hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Honeycutt is a quality wrestler that dates back to his high school days and is very polished with his takedowns and grappling ability. Honeycutt is well conditioned and usually has the edge when he can force a fight on the canvas, as he’s won four of his five career decisions. Honeycutt also has a decent ground and pound and has produced five knockouts, so he’s more than pure wrestling and looking for a submission hold. There’s some pop in those hands for the soon-to-be-30-year-old Honeycutt. This will be Honeycutt’s third career fight in Oklahoma.
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Leonardo Leite enters this fight with an 10-1 record and has won four of his fights by decision. Leite has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a November loss to Phil Davis. Leite is coming off the first loss of his career, which happened to be his Bellator debut and only fight last year. Leite has a deep background in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as he’s won several medals and championships in both areas, which includes an impressive victory over Mario Sperry. Leite obviously is a polished grappler with a very solid ground game that’s allowed him to produce four submission victories and win four of his five career decisions. Leite has improved his striking ability over the years, but he’s much more comfortable on the canvas where he can control the fight and allow his experience to takeover. Eight of Leite’s 11 fights have gone past the first round. This will be Leite’s second career fight in Oklahoma.
This should be a fun wrestling match between two quality grapplers with the ability to finish. Honeycutt is probably the more balanced fighter of the two, but when Leite gets the fight where he wants it and can fight his style, he’s very tough to beat. He’s one of the more experienced fighters in terms of ground game and there’s nothing he hasn’t seen at this point.
I like Leite to win this fight.