MMASucka’s Bellator 219 Staff Picks

UNCASVILLE, CT - APRIL 20: Saad Awad pose for photos at the weigh-in. Saad Awad will be challenging Ryan Quinn at Lightweight in Bellator 178 on April 20, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

MMASucka’s staff picks are in for this evening’s Bellator 219. The fight card takes place at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Prelims will begin at 8:00 pm ET with the main card following at 9:00. All of the action can be streamed live on DAZN.

Bellator 219 Staff Picks

The Fights

Though there are no title fights at Bellator 219, there are multiple former champions and action-packed match-ups. The card’s main event is a lightweight showdown between Saad Awad and the always-fun Brandon Girtz. Girtz is fighting for the first time in almost a year after undergoing shoulder surgery, while Awad is looking to rebound from an October loss to Benson Henderson.

Elsewhere on the card, fan favorite Daniel Straus will be making his return to action following a motorcycle accident. The former featherweight champion will be taking on Shane Kruchten in a lightweight bout. Another former champion, Andrey Koreshkov, will be taking on Mike Jasper in a welterweight fight. Kicking off the main card is a middleweight fight between Joe Schilling and Keith Berry.

Staff Picks

Throughout the year, staff picks will be composed of four different MMA promotions: UFCBellatorONE, and RIZIN. Main cards will make up both UFC and Bellator picks, while the biggest fights to make up ONE and RIZIN events will be used. The WINNER of staff picks will have a choice between receiving a championship belt from ProAmBelts or a championship chain from Championship Chains. The 2018 winner was awarded to Michael DeSantis, compiling a record of 202-101.

Staff Records After UFC Fight Night 148

Michael DeSantis: 69-23
Ed Gallo: 67-25
Connor Deitrich: 63-29
Brian Gerson: 62-30
Wesley Riddle: 61-31
Ryan Wagner: 61-23
Mitch Banuelos: 60-27
Mike Skytte: 59-33
Omar Villagrana: 58-34
Matt Bricker: 58-34
Jeremy Brand: 55-37
Patrick Auger: 52-35
Justin Pierrot: 50-32
Ash Camyab: 48-28
Suraj Sukumar: 34-13
Sasha Moksyakov: 31-16
Idrees Crawley: 12-4

Joe Schilling (3-5) vs. Keith Berry (15-14-1)

Jeremy Brand: Schilling via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Schilling via Round 3 TKO
Mike Skytte: Schilling via Round 3 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Schilling via UD
Michael DeSantis: Schilling via Round 1 KO
Ryan Wagner: Schilling via Round 1 KO
Ed Gallo: Schilling via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Schilling via UD
Brian Gerson: Schilling via Round 1 KO
Matt Bricker: Schilling via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Schilling via UD
Patrick Auger: Berry via UD
Ash Camyab: Schilling via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Schilling: 12
Staff picking Berry: 1

Andrey Koreshkov (21-3) vs. Mike Jasper (13-4)

Jeremy Brand: Koreshkov via UD
Wesley Riddle:  Koreshkov via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte:  Koreshkov via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot:  Koreshkov via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis:  Koreshkov via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner:  Koreshkov via Round 1 TKO
Ed Gallo:  Koreshkov via Round 1 Death
Omar Villagrana:  Koreshkov via UD
Brian Gerson:  Koreshkov via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker:  Koreshkov via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich:  Koreshkov via Round 1 TKO
Patrick Auger:  Koreshkov via Round 1 KO
Ash Camyab:  Koreshkov via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Koreshkov: 13
Staff picking Jasper: 0

Daniel Straus (24-8) vs. Shane Kruchten (12-4)

Jeremy Brand: Straus via UD
Wesley Riddle: Straus via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Straus via Round 3 SUB
Justin Pierrot: Straus via UD
Michael DeSantis: Straus via UD
Ryan Wagner: Straus via UD
Ed Gallo: Straus via UD
Omar Villagrana: Straus via UD
Brian Gerson: Straus via UD
Matt Bricker: Straus via UD
Connor Deitrich: Straus via UD
Patrick Auger: Straus via Round 2 SUB
Ash Camyab: Straus via UD

Staff picking Straus: 13
Staff picking Kruchten: 0

Saad Awad (23-10) vs. Brandon Girtz (15-8)

Jeremy Brand: Awad via UD
Wesley Riddle: Awad via UD
Mike Skytte: Girtz via UD
Justin Pierrot: Awad via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Awad via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Girtz via UD
Ed Gallo: Awad via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Awad via UD
Brian Gerson: Awad via UD
Matt Bricker: Awad via UD
Connor Deitrich: Awad via UD
Patrick Auger: Awad via UD
Ash Camyab: Girtz via UD

Staff picking Awad: 10
Staff picking Girtz: 3

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