The next edition of the Belarusian Fight Championship – BFC 52 – heads to the Prime Hall in Minsk on Thursday, May 14. There’s a 12-fight card, six of which will be pure kickboxing and the other half-dozen battled out to Mixed Martial Arts rules.
All eyes will be on the headline act Denis Maher, who is unbeaten in six outings and who will be looking to extend his winning record against the debutant, Evgeniy Vorona. A highly respected amateur who has fought in the European Championships, Maher is making waves in the pro ranks too and he will be looking to record another emphatic triumph here.
Elsewhere on the bill, Ivan Semenyuk won on his MMA debut at BFC 50 by forcing Kenan Dzhafarli to tap out in the third round of their contest, and he will be hoping to continue his climb up the bantamweight rankings by following up with victory over Daniil Prohorenko, who will be making his first outing for the organisation.
Maher vs Vorona betting odds
Maher, the 25-year-old middleweight, has compiled an eye-catching win streak that features five victories by way of stoppage or submission. Four of those came in BFC events in 2014 and earlier, but he has since returned with wins at BFC 48 and M-1 Global.
Little is known of his opponent, Evgeniy Vorona, who will be making his debut in the BFC franchise. He has been listed as a light-heavyweight around the 205lbs mark, and that would give him a considerable size advantage over the smaller Maher, who weighs in at around 185lbs.
However, Maher boasts the edge as far as his CV is concerned, with both KO and submission victories, and he should have too much firepower for his inexperienced opponent.
BFC 52 curtain raiser
The opening fight on the BFC 52 card will see light heavyweight action as Alexander Lipskiy tackles Roman Ratushny.
With a 1-1 record in Belarusian MMA promotions, Lipskiy will enter this contest as the betting favourite. The 6ft 2in grappler defeated Anton Nazarenko at All or Nothing 2 in 2017, but his comeback fight in 2019 ended in defeat when he was choked out by Niyaz Ramazanov at the Fight Championship Aslan event in Russia.
Ratushny is another BFC novice who is yet to make his MMA debut, and this unknown quantity is thought to stand at just 5ft 9in – curiously short for a light heavyweight. Will that prove to be the defining factor in this bout?
The middle of the BFC 52 card will feature two bantamweight contests, with the pick of the pair seeing the promising Mikail Bitel take on the experienced Evgeny Manko.
Bitel made his MMA debut in the Slavic Cup in 2019, and that flyweight outing saw him defeat Nikolay Taleronak via unanimous decision. It will be interesting to see how the step up in weight to the 135lb limit will affect his fighting style.
His opponent, Evgeny Manko, has campaigned at the featherweight limit in the past, and his record reads five wins and five losses. He made his debut at BFC 47, where he lost via TKO to Firdavs Khomidov, but he bounced back in February with victory on the MGC: Live 2 Fight bill against Vasiliy Astapets.
Whatever you bet on, enjoy BFC 52 and don’t forget that our prices are subject to fluctuation. Please check Royal Panda sports betting for the most up-to-date odds.