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MMA Preview: Bellator 292 – Valentin Moldavsky (11-2-1) vs Linton Vassell (31-8-1)

Valentin Moldavsky vs Linton Vassell is one of the most interesting matchups of Bellator 292, an MMA event taking place this Friday at Sap Center in San Jose, California

Bellator 292: Nurmagomedov vs Henderson is stacked with amazing fights. The main event, though, seems a bit mismatched as Usman Nurmagomedov is priced at -2000.

Valentin Moldavsky vs Linton Vassell Odds
Moneyline Odds
Valentin Moldavsky -300
Linton Vassell +220

When, Where, and How to Watch?
Place: SAP Center in San Jose, California
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
Time: ~10:00 PM ET
How to Watch: Showtime

Moldavsky is 11-2-1 in his professional career, and one of those 11 victories came against Linton Vassell, who is Moldavsky’s next opponent. We witnessed Moldavsky defeat him by unanimous decision in March 2019.

The Russian fighter certainly possesses what it takes to be regarded as the betting favorite, but there is one thing that should concern him. Since almost two years ago, he has not won a single game. In June 2021, Moldavsky defeated Timothy Johnson by unanimous decision to win the interim Bellator Heavyweight title. This was his last victory in a fight.

He then lost to Ryan Bader by consistent choice, subsequently losing the Bellator Heavyweight Big showdown to the American. The fight with Steve Mowry, which was supposed to be a title eliminator, came next. However, after just 54 seconds, Moldavsky accidentally poked his opponent in the eye, so the fight was declared a draw.

Fedor Emelianenko’s protégé gets an opportunity to return to his triumphant ways this approaching Friday while he’s taking on Linton Vassell. Could he at any point pull it off?

Moldavsky is an excellent striker and a former Combat Sambo world champion. He also has a lot of stamina, as evidenced by the fact that two of his fights, two of which lasted five rounds, went all the way to the finish.

Linton Vassell Plotting Retribution
Linton Vassell is 31-8-1 generally speaking with four straight wins, three of which occurred by technical knockout. He lost his last fight to Moldavsky, Vassell’s first heavyweight bout in nearly a decade. He has grown in size since then, but he is still quick and agile.

Within the ring, Vassell has excellent movement and a propensity to land numerous blows in every fight. He also excels on the floor, as evidenced by his portfolio of eight submission victories. The big question is whether he can harm Moldavsky similarly.

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