MMASucka’s Bellator 221 Staff Picks

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MMASucka’s staff picks are back for the third time in this action-packed weekend. Bellator 221 takes place tonight from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The card will be streamed exclusively on DAZN, with the main kicking off at 9:00 pm ET. Also, be sure to check out our staff picks for tonight’s UFC 237 event.

Bellator 221 is a stacked fight card that has been generating a bunch of hype. The card’s main event features a champion vs. champion match-up. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler will put his title on the line against current featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull in what is sure to be an incredible fight. In the co-main event, Douglas Lima will take on the undefeated welterweight Michael Page in first welterweight grand prix semifinal. The winner of their fight will take on either Rory MacDonald or Neiman Gracie in the championship for the title.

Bellator 219 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.

Check out our staff picks for Bellator 221 below, along with our staff picks records to this point.


Staff Records after ONE Championship: Warriors of Light

1. Ed Gallo: 109-49
2. Michael DeSantis: 108-50
3. Connor Deitrich: 103-54
4. Brian Gerson: 102-56
5. Wesley Riddle: 100-58
6. Ryan Wagner: 98-52
7. Mike Skytte: 97-61
8. Jeremy Brand: 96-62
9. Justin Pierrot: 95-63
10. Omar Villagrana: 94-64
11. Mitchell Banuelos: 91-52
12. Patrick Auger: 87-64
13. Matt Bricker: 86-62
14. Ash Camyab: 85-57
15. Suraj Sukumar: 46-16 (inactive)
16. Sasha Moksyakov: 31-16 (inactive)
17. Idrees Crawley: 15-7 (inactive)
18. Frazer Krohn: 15-9
19. Ryan Hobbs: 14-16
20. Andrew Benjamin: 4-2

Tywan Claxton (4-0) vs. James Bennett (3-1)

Jeremy Brand: Claxton via UD
Wesley Riddle: Claxton via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: Claxton via Round 2 KO
Justin Pierrot: Claxton via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Claxton via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Claxton via Round 1 SUB
Mitch Banuelos: Claxton via Round 1 TKO
Ed Gallo: Claxton via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Claxton via UD
Brian Gerson: Claxton via UD
Matt Bricker: Claxton via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Claxton via Round 1 TKO
Patrick Auger: Claxton via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Claxton via Round 1 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Claxton via Round 2 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Claxton via Round 1 SUB
Matheus Costa: Claxton via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Claxton: 17
Staff picking Bennett: 0

Jake Hager (1-0) vs. TJ Jones (1-1)

Jeremy Brand: Hager via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Hager via Round 1 SUB
Mike Skytte: Hager via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Hager via Round 1 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Hager via Round 1 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Hager via Round 1 pinfall
Mitch Banuelos: Hager via Round 1 SUB
Ed Gallo: Hager via Round 1 SUB
Omar Villagrana: Hager via UD
Brian Gerson: Hager via UD
Matt Bricker: Hager via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Hager via Round 1 TKO
Patrick Auger: Hager via Round 1 SUB
Ash Camyab: Hager via Round 1 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Hager via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Hager via Round 1 TKO
Matheus Costa: Hager via UD

Staff picking Hager: 17
Staff picking Jones: 0

AJ McKee (13-0) vs. Pat Curran (23-7)

Jeremy Brand: McKee via UD
Wesley Riddle: Curran via UD
Mike Skytte: Curran via UD
Justin Pierrot: McKee via UD
Michael DeSantis: McKee via UD
Ryan Wagner: McKee via UD
Mitch Banuelos: McKee via UD
Ed Gallo: McKee via UD
Omar Villagrana: McKee via UD
Brian Gerson: McKee via UD
Matt Bricker: McKee via UD
Connor Deitrich: McKee via UD
Patrick Auger: McKee via UD
Ash Camyab: McKee via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: McKee via Round 3 TKO
Frazer Krohn: McKee via UD
Matheus Costa: McKee via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking McKee: 15
Staff picking Curran: 2

Douglas Lima (30-7) vs. Michael Page (14-0)

Jeremy Brand: Page via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Lima via UD
Mike Skytte: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Page via SD
Michael DeSantis: Lima via Round 2 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Lima via Round 3 SUB
Mitch Banuelos: Page via UD
Ed Gallo: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Page via UD
Brian Gerson: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Matt Bricker: Page via SD
Connor Deitrich: Lima via Round 2 SUB
Patrick Auger: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Ash Camyab: Page via SD
Andrew Benjamin: Lima via Round 3 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Lima via UD
Matheus Costa: Lima via UD

Staff picking Lima: 11
Staff picking Page: 6

Michael Chandler (18-4) vs. Patricio Pitbull (28-4)

Jeremy Brand: Chandler via UD
Wesley Riddle: Chandler via UD
Mike Skytte: Pitbull via Round 1 KO
Justin Pierrot: Chandler via UD
Michael DeSantis: Chandler via UD
Ryan Wagner: Pitbull via UD
Mitch Banuelos: Pitbull via UD
Ed Gallo: Pitbull via Round 3 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Chandler via UD
Brian Gerson: Pitbull via Round 2 KO
Matt Bricker: Chandler via UD
Connor Deitrich: Pitbull via UD
Patrick Auger: Chandler via UD
Ash Camyab: Pitbull via SD
Andrew Benjamin: Chandler via Round 4 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Chandler via Round 2 SUB
Matheus Costa: Chandler via Round 4 TKO

Staff picking Chandler: 10
Staff picking Pitbull: 7

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