Bellator recently announced some of the bouts for the upcoming Bellator 223 and Bellator 224 events. Here are the newest fights, Together with my thoughts on the new matchups under: Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr., Bellator 223 Bellator 223 occurs June 22 at SSE Stadium in London, England, and the main event sees Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi carrying on Rafael Lovato Jr.. Read my thoughts on this struggle in a former edition of the MMA odds and endings. Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva, Bellator 223 A fascinating welterweight bout between Paul Daley and Erick Silva has been inserted to Bellator 223. Daley (40-17-2) is currently 5-4 in Bellator and is coming from a close decision loss to Michael Page with a decision loss to Jon Fitch prior to that. He has not won as a KO win over Lorenz Larkin in September 2017. Silva (20-10, 1 NC) is 0-1 in Bellator, having lost by decision to Yaroslav Amosov within his promotional introduction. His last win came in July 2018 over Nick Barnes in LFA. Although Silva has a puncher’s chance, he is a shell of his former self, and despite Daley fighting to win his last couple of fights, he should be favored to win this bout. James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano, Bellator 223 Featherweights James Gallagher and Jeremiah Labiano will fight Bellator 223. Gallagher (8-1) has a 5-1 record in Bellator and rebounded nicely from his furious KO loss to Ricky Bandejas with a submission win over Stephen Graham his out time. Labiano (12-6) is 2-2 total in Bellator and is coming off of a TKO win over Justin Smitley. Even though Gallagher is overrated, he must still be preferred to win this battle. Melvin Manhoef vs. Kent Kauppinen, Bellator 223 Middleweights Melvin Manhoef and Kent Kauppinen also meet at Bellator 223. Manhoef (30-14-1, 2 NC) is 42-years-old now and is coming off of successive losses to former champ Rafael Carvalho. His final win was a knockout victory over Hisaki Kato back in 2015, and he has a 2-3, 1 NC record in Bellator. Kauppinen (11-4) is just 1-1 in Bellator but he is coming from a KO win over Alessio Sakara which was a breakthrough functionality for him. Despite Manhoef’s advantage in experience, you have to favor the younger and more durable fighter here in Kauppinen. Julia Budd vs. Olga Rubin, Bellator 224 And finally, Bellator 224 takes place July 12 in WinStar Resort Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma and the main event features Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd against Olga Rubin. Budd (12-2) has a perfect 6-0 record in Bellator and has not lost since a entry defeat to Ronda Rousey way back in 2011. She’ll be coming to this fight off of a one-year layoff because she has not competed since a TKO win over Talita Nogueira past July, but Budd is still one of the most formidable women’s featherweights in the world irrespective of any layoff. Rubin (6-0) is 4-0 in Bellator, although her degree of competition was sub-par, to say the very least. Still, she received this title shot because of her perfect record and since there’s no one else worthy of fighting Budd, who will undoubtedly be a massive favored to win the fight. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more: