MMASucka’s Bellator 210 & 211 staff picks

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Chidi Njokuani, left, and John Salter, right, face off after weigh-ins ahead of their main event Bellator 210 fight taking place on Friday, November 30th from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma (photo credits: Bellator MMA Facebook page)

For the first time ever in MMASucka staff picks history, we have a quadruple-header weekend. Bellator 210 will take place on Friday night from Thackerville, Oklahoma, while Bellator 211 goes down on Saturday from Genoa, Italy. In pair with these two fight cards, the UFC also has two events set for Friday and Saturday. Make sure to check out our picks for these cards as well, as 21 total main card fights will be accounted for this weekend.

Bellator 210

The first of two Bellator fight cards will take place tonight, November 30th, featuring a middleweight clash between dangerous striker Chidi Njokuani and submission specialist John Salter. Njokuani came into the promotion back in November of 2015, earning four victories under its banner within a 19-month span. He would suffer his first loss in four years to Andrey Koreshkov last August but rebounded with a decision victory months later over Hisaki Kato. Njokuani will be returning to the cage after a 364 day hiatus from competition. His opponent, Salter, rode an impressive seven-fight finishing from August of 2013 to November of 2017 including six first-round stoppages. His last victory came over Jason Radcliffe back in November of 2017, earning his fourth rear-naked choke victory. However, he would suffer a submission loss in his last outing to Rafael Lovato Jr. in September of this year.

Bellator 211

The second of Bellator’s weekend cards will take place in Italy, airing on tape delay later in the evening live on Paramount Network and DAZN. The hybrid card will feature both kickboxing and mixed martial arts, seeing an MMA main event between light heavyweights Alessio Sakara and Kent Kauppinen. Sakara was best known for his 15-fight run in the UFC, earning notables wins over names like James Irvin and Thales Leites. He now has four fights for Bellator, holding a 3-1 record through that span. His only loss in the promotion came to Rafael Carvalho in December of last year for the Bellator middleweight championship. Sakara’s opponent tonight, Kauppinen, will be looking to snap a two-fight losing skid after submission losses here in 2018. He was the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of Raged UK, an on-the-rise organization out of Swindon, England.

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Check out our MMASucka staff picks for both Bellator 210: Njokuani vs. Salter and Bellator 211: Sakara vs. Kauppinen below, as well as our current records compiled throughout the 2018 year. Clicking the link immediately below will show our picks from the previous Bellator or UFC event.


Staff Records after UFC Fight Night 141

1. Michael DeSantis: 175-83
2. Ryan Wagner: 169-89
3. Wesley Riddle: 166-92
4. Mitchell Banuelos: 163-95
5. Omar Villagrana: 157-101
6. Mike Skytte: 151-107
7. Jeremy Brand: 148-101
8. Ed Gallo: 144-114
9. Justin Pierrot: 126-108
10. Matt Bricker: 94-58
11. Brian Gerson: 89-75
12. Connor Deitrich: 50-26
13. Patrick Auger: 14-18
14. Sasha Moksyakov: 6-15


BELLATOR 210: NJOKUANI VS. SALTER


Kristina Williams (2-1) vs. Bruna Ellen (4-1)

Jeremy Brand: Ellen via Round 2 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Ellen via SD
Mike Skytte: Williams via UD
Justin Pierrot: Ellen via SD
Michael DeSantis: Ellen via UD
Ryan Wagner: Williams via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Williams via UD
Ed Gallo: Williams via UD
Omar Villagrana: Williams via UD
Brian Gerson: Williams via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Ellen via UD
Connor Dietrich: Williams via UD
Patrick Auger: Williams via UD
Sasha Moksyakov: Ellen via SD

Staff picking Williams: 8
Staff picking Ellen: 6


Juan Archuleta (19-1) vs. Jeremy Spoon (21-4)

Jeremy Brand: Archuleta via UD
Wesley Riddle: Archuleta via Round 3 TKO
Mike Skytte: Archuleta via Round 2 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Archuleta via UD
Michael DeSantis: Archuleta via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Archuleta via Round 2 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Archuleta via Round 1 TKO
Ed Gallo: Archuleta via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Archuleta via Round 2 TKO
Brian Gerson: Archuleta via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Archuleta via Round 1 TKO
Connor Dietrich: Archuleta via Round 2 TKO
Patrick Auger: Archuleta via Round 3 TKO
Sasha Moksyakov: Archuleta via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Archuleta: 14
Staff picking Spoon: 0


David Rickels (19-5) vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos (10-4)

Jeremy Brand: Rickels via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Vasconcelos via UD
Mike Skytte: Rickels via SD
Justin Pierrot: Rickels via UD
Michael DeSantis: Rickels via UD
Ryan Wagner: Rickels via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Rickels via UD
Ed Gallo: Vasconcelos via UD
Omar Villagrana: Rickels via UD
Brian Gerson: Vasconcelos via UD
Matt Bricker: Vasconcelos via UD
Connor Dietrich: Vasconcelos via Round 3 TKO
Patrick Auger: Rickels via UD
Sasha Moksyakov: N/A

Staff picking Rickels: 8
Staff picking Vasconcelos: 5


Chidi Njokuani (18-5) vs. John Salter (15-4)

Jeremy Brand: Njokuani via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Salter via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Salter via UD
Justin Pierrot: Njokuani via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Salter via Round 2 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Salter via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Njokuani via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: Njokuani via UD
Omar Villagrana: Salter via Round 3 SUB
Brian Gerson: Salter via UD
Matt Bricker: Njokuani via SD
Connor Dietrich: Salter via UD
Patrick Auger: Salter via UD
Sasha Moksyakov: N/A

Staff picking Njokuani: 5
Staff picking Salter: 8


BELLATOR 211: SAKARA VS. KAUPPINEN


Luca Vitali (11-4) vs. Pedro Carvalho (8-3)

Jeremy Brand: Carvalho via UD
Wesley Riddle: Vitali via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Carvalho via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Carvalho via UD
Michael DeSantis: Carvalho via UD
Ryan Wagner: Carvalho via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Carvalho via UD
Ed Gallo: Carvalho via UD
Omar Villagrana: Carvalho via UD
Brian Gerson: Carvalho via UD
Matt Bricker: Vitali via Round 3 SUB
Connor Dietrich: Vitali via Round 1 SUB
Patrick Auger: Carvalho via UD
Sasha Moksyakov: Carvalho via UD

Staff picking Vitali: 3
Staff picking Carvalho: 11


Alen Amedovski (6-0) vs. Ibrahim Mane (7-1)

Jeremy Brand: Amedovski via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Amedovski via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: Amedovski via UD
Justin Pierrot: Amedovski via UD
Michael DeSantis: Amedovski via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Amedovski via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Amedovski via UD
Ed Gallo: Amedovski via UD
Omar Villagrana: Amedovski via UD
Brian Gerson: Amedovski via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Amedovski via Round 2 TKO
Connor Dietrich: Mane via Round 1 TKO
Patrick Auger: Amedovski via Round 2 TKO
Sasha Moksyakov: Amedovski via UD

Staff picking Amedovski: 13
Staff picking Mane: 1


Kiefer Crosbie (4-0) vs. Orlando D’Ambrosio (7-3)

Jeremy Brand: Crosbie via UD
Wesley Riddle: Crosbie via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Crosbie via Round 2 SUB
Justin Pierrot: Crosbie via UD
Michael DeSantis: Crosbie via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Crosbie via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Crosbie via UD
Ed Gallo: Crosbie via UD
Omar Villagrana: Crosbie via Round 2 TKO
Brian Gerson: Crosbie via Round 3 TKO
Matt Bricker: D’Ambrosio via UD
Connor Dietrich: Crosbie via Round 2 SUB
Patrick Auger: Crosbie via Round 1 SUB
Sasha Moksyakov: Crosbie via UD

Staff picking Crosbie: 13
Staff picking D’Ambrosio: 1


Hesdy Gerges (0-0) vs. Domingos Barros (5-0)

Jeremy Brand: Gerges via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Barros via UD
Mike Skytte: Gerges via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Gerges via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Gerges via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Gerges via Round 1 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Barros via UD
Ed Gallo: Gerges via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Gerges via UD
Brian Gerson: Gerges via UD
Matt Bricker: Gerges via UD
Connor Dietrich: Barros via Round 1 TKO
Patrick Auger: Gerges via Round 2 TKO
Sasha Moksyakov: Gerges via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Gerges: 11
Staff picking Barros: 3


Alessio Sakara (20-12) vs. Kent Kauppinen (10-4)

Jeremy Brand: Sakara via UD
Wesley Riddle: Sakara via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: Sakara via Round 2 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Sakara via UD
Michael DeSantis: Sakara via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Sakara via Round 1 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Sakara via UD
Ed Gallo: Sakara via Round 1 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Sakara via Round 2 TKO
Brian Gerson: Sakara via Round 3 TKO
Matt Bricker: Sakara via Round 2 TKO
Connor Dietrich: Sakara via Round 2 TKO
Patrick Auger: Sakara via Round 1 TKO
Sasha Moksyakov: Sakara via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Sakara: 14
Staff picking Kauppinen: nada

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