Fedor vs. Johnson with Betting Tips and Analysis

| October 20, 2021 2:32 pm PDT

Fedor Emelianenko takes on Tim Johnson at Bellator 269 this Saturday, October 23 from Moscow.

Although “The Last Emperor” is well over the hill, the odds for Fedor vs. Johnson show that he’s favored to win this clash. It will be the first time we have seen the Russian all-time great in action since he stopped Quinton “Rampage” Jackson back in December 2019.

Former UFC fighter Johnson, a native of Las Vegas, fights for the second time this year. Russia’s Valentin Moldavsky beat the American by decision to win the Bellator interim-heavyweight title in June.

Let’s check out the latest odds for the fight before I make my predictions for Fedor vs. Johnson.

Once we’ve covered those, I’ll be providing my top picks for Bellator 269’s main event and breaking the fight down as I see it going.

Fedor vs. Johnson Odds Analysis

  • Fedor Emelianenko -104
  • Timothy Johnson -126

The odds above come courtesy of MyBookie.

As you can see, the odds for Fedor to win his next fight make him, near enough, an even-money shot.

Although the 45-year-old was arguably the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time, Father Time remains unbeaten.

I’m not sure those odds are reflective of the task at hand. His opponent is bigger, younger (ish), and more powerful than the Russian. But then again, would you want to beat The Last Emperor in Moscow?

I’m joking, of course. 

What’s not a laughing matter is the price you can get for the 37-year-old to win this fight.

Johnson’s odds to beat Fedor look very nice at -126. But can he deal with the partisan crowd at the VTB Arena? 

Predictions for Fedor vs. Johnson

  • Winner: Timothy Johnson
  • Method of Victory: KO/TKO
  • Round: 2

As a longtime fan of the Russian, it kinda sucks to see him carry on well past his prime.

But I can’t bring myself to make Fedor vs. Johnson predictions that result in the legendary heavyweight winning this fight. There is so much working against him here that it’s almost common sense to recommend backing the American.

Fedor Emelianenko Tale of the Tape Timothy Johnson
45 Age 37
6′ 0″ Height 6′ 3″
76″ Reach 78″
Orthodox Stance Southpaw
Russia Nationality USA

I’ll expand on my Bellator 269 predictions for Fedor vs. Johnson further down the page.

Let’s look at the best bets for the fight before we get to that.

Top Betting Tips for Fedor vs. Johnson

  • Johnson to Win -126
  • Johnson to Win in Round 2 +525

My first recommended betting pick for the Fedor vs. Johnson fight is the American on the moneyline.

If anything, I think makes the most sense to just take him for the win. It’s more than likely to come by stoppage, by the odds aren’t that much better at +120. 

If you’re gambling on Johnson to beat Fedor but want better odds, I’d go for him to get the win in Round 2. I think he’ll show the Russian great a lot more respect in Moscow meaning this one will probably make it past the first round.

The odds are more than enough to justify the plunge, with +525 sounding good on the top online sites for betting on MMA.

Breaking Down Fedor vs. Johnson

The great Fedor Emelianenko ruled over his peers during the prime of his career.

But the only problem is that those days are long gone. 

Although Timothy Johnson is not someone who picks up knockouts for fun like Francis Ngannou, he is still relatively close to his own prime. The bottom line here is that he should win this fight.

Emelianenko is approaching two years out of the cage. All of his last five fights have ended with first-round knockouts. Of the five, three have gone in his favor. But the iconic, former PRIDE heavyweight champion just doesn’t have much to offer these days other than a puncher’s chance.

Two years ago he was slow and uninspiring. I don’t expect much to change this time around, given he has recently turned 45. 

One of the predictions for Fedor vs. Johnson I have yet to make is that I think the fight will stink. But I’ll be as brazenly honest as I can here, as always, and say that might not be a bad thing if you’re looking to place wagers on the fight.

If you are, betting on Johnson to beat Fedor seems the only option. It will take just one well-timed shot to finish this fight.

More MMA Predictions and Picks

If the Bellator 269 headline fight isn’t quite your cup of meat, there’s good news.

UFC Vegas 41 has a potential classic topping the bill, with Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori promising to be a barnburner.

I’ve made my predictions and best bets for all of the other fights on the card, too. You can find those among our top UFC betting picks, or by hitting the buttons, below.

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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