By: Matt Erickson |
June 21, 2019 3:15 pm
Bellator is back in London this week, and the middleweight title is on the line.
Bellator London takes place Saturday at The SSE Arena in London. The Bellator Europe 3 main card streams on MMA Junkie. The Bellator 223 main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN via tape delay following live prelims on MMA Junkie.
In the Bellator Europe 3 main event, middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) puts his title on the line against the undefeated Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA). Mousasi is more than a 5-1 favorite from the oddsmakers, and he is a unanimous choice to retain his belt from our 14 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.
Also on the Bellator Europe 3 portion of the show, Kent Kauppinen (11-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) takes on veteran light heavyweight Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1 MMA, 2-3 BMMA). It’s a close fight at the betting window, and our pickers are right down the middle at 7-7.
The top fight on the Bellator 223 portion of the show is a welterweight fight between the hard-hitting Paul Daley (40-17-2 MMA, 6-4 BMMA) and Erick Silva (20-10 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). Only two of our staff pickers are taking Silva to upset the more than 3-1 favorite, Daley.
Another unanimous pick is James Gallagher (8-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) in his 140-pound catchweight fight with Jeremiah Labiano (12-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA), which picked up some new bad blood earlier this week. And Fabian Edwards (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) has a 14-0 nod over Jonathan Bosuku (7-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in their middleweight bout.
Mousasi protege Costello van Steenis (11-1 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) has a heavy 10-4 edge over Mike Shipman (13-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in their middleweight bout. And Charlie Ward (6-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) is a near-unanimous pick at 13-1 in his middleweight fight with Justin Moore (7-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Mousasi (81 percent), Daley (75 percent), Gallagher (81 percent), Manhoef (63 percent), Van Steenis (53 percent), Edwards (90 percent), Chalmers (88 percent) and Ward (81 percent) are the choices.
Check out all the picks above.