MMASucka’s Bellator 232 Staff Picks

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Paul Daley (left) and Sabah Homasi (right) with Bellator president Scott Coker (middle) ahead of their Bellator 232 co-main event fight taking place Saturday, October 26th from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut (photo credits to Bellator MMA)

Our fourth and final MMASucka staff picks card of the weekend is in. Later tonight, October 26th, Bellator 232 will go down from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The six-fight main card will begin at 10:00pm ET (7:00pm PT) live on DAZN. Check out the other concluded staff picks from this weekend including Bellator 231 and UFC Fight Night 161.

The Fights

One of the most anticipated fights of 2019 is in store for the main event between welterweight champion Rory MacDonald and challenger Douglas Lima. The two previously met in January of 2018, MacDonald taking the belt from Lima in a back-and-forth “Fight of the Year” contender by unanimous decision. This fight comes as the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix finals, the two respectively working their ways through the eight-man tournament.

MacDonald sits at 1-1-1 in his last three fights following the Lima fight, suffering a middleweight title defeat to now-former champion Gegard Mousasi and a majority draw with Jon Fitch. The victory came by unanimous decision halting the undefeated run of Neiman Gracie. His opponent, Lima, will look to claim the 170-pound Bellator title for the third time in his lengthy promotional tenure. His run in the tournament started with a dominant performance over Andrey Koreshkov, finishing the trilogy with a submission in the fifth round. He backed it up with a brutal “Knockout of the Year” in May derailing the hype train of Michael Page.

A thrilling clash at 175 pounds between Paul Daley and Saad Awad is set for the co-main event slot. The two share a combined 39 knockouts in 54 total victories, that being a knockout rate of 72%. Look for the two to exchange massive shots, Daley in search of his second victory of 2019 with Homasi to back up his recent 17-second knockout in August.

Also on the main card includes the undefeated Patrick Mix, fan-favorite submission wiz Nick Newell, and son of the late Kimbo SliceBaby Slice.” See the remaining Bellator 232 fights counted further below.

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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 MMASucka staff picks for Bellator 232 below.


Staff Records after ONE Championship: Dawn of Valor:

1. Connor Deitrich: 257-143
2. Michael DeSantis: 256-144
3. Ed Gallo: 246-150
4. Mitchell Banuelos: 244-144
5. Mike Skytte: 238-162
6. Jeremy Brand: 235-165
7. Matt Bricker: 221-166
8. Ash Camyab: 205-157
9. Frazer Krohn: 134-98
10. Ryan Hobbs: 117-105
11. Andrew Benjamin: 102-66
12. McKenzie Guardiero: 94-74
13. Tanner Russ: 64-34
14. Dan Rose: 50-34
15. Mike Lynch: 27-26

**Staff picks for the remaining cards will be added NEXT weekend**


Nick Newell (16-2) vs. Manny Muro (10-6)

Jeremy Brand: Newell via Round 1 SUB
Mike Skytte: Newell via Round 1 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Newell via Round 1 SUB
Mitchell Banuelos: Newell via Round 2 SUB
Ed Gallo: Newell via UD
Matt Bricker: Newell via Round 2 SUB
Connor Deitrich: Newell via UD
Ash Camyab: Newell via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Newell via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Newell via Round 1 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Newell via Round 2 SUB
McKenzie Guardiero: Newell via Round 3 SUB
Tanner Russ: Newell via Round 1 TKO
Dan Rose: Newell via UD

Staff picking Newell: 14
Staff picking Muro: 0


Patrick Mix (11-0) vs. Isaiah Chapman (7-3)

Jeremy Brand: Mix via UD
Mike Skytte: Mix via Round 2 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Mix via Round 1 SUB
Mitchell Banuelos: Mix via UD
Ed Gallo: Mix via UD
Matt Bricker: Mix via UD
Connor Deitrich: Mix via UD
Ash Camyab: Mix via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Chapman via Round 3 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Mix via Round 1 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Mix via UD
McKenzie Guardiero: Mix via UD
Tanner Russ: Mix via UD
Dan Rose: Mix via Round 1 SUB

Staff picking Mix: 13
Staff picking Chapman: 1


Paul Daley (41-17-2) vs. Saad Awad (23-12)

Jeremy Brand: Daley via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Daley via UD
Michael DeSantis: Daley via Round 1 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Daley via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: Awad via UD
Matt Bricker: Daley via Round 3 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Daley via UD
Ash Camyab: Daley via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Daley via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Daley via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Daley via Round 2 TKO
McKenzie Guardiero: Daley via Round 2 TKO
Tanner Russ: Daley via Round 1 TKO
Dan Rose: Daley via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Daley: 14
Staff picking Awad: 0


Rory MacDonald (21-5-1) vs. Douglas Lima (31-7)

Jeremy Brand: MacDonald via UD
Mike Skytte: Lima via UD
Michael DeSantis: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: MacDonald via UD
Ed Gallo: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Matt Bricker: Lima via Round 2 TKO
Connor Deitrich: MacDonald via Round 3 SUB
Ash Camyab: MacDonald via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Lima via UD
Frazer Krohn: Lima via UD
McKenzie Guardiero: Lima via Round 2 TKO
Tanner Russ: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Dan Rose: Lima via UD

Staff picking MacDonald: 4
Staff picking Lima: 10

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Paul Daley (left) and Sabah Homasi (right) with Bellator president Scott Coker (middle) ahead of their Bellator 232 co-main event fight taking place Saturday, October 26th from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut (photo credits to Bellator MMA)
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Wesley Riddle is a 24-year old writer out of Harrisonburg, Virginia and a recent graduate from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, having obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education. Watching the draw between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard from 2011 sparked his interest in the sport of mixed martial arts. He created "All That MMA" on Twitter, which came to birth in December of 2013. He would join with MMASucka in the later quarter of 2016. Some of Riddle's hobbies include music, playing golf, watching horror movies, and working with non-profit organizations throughout his community. You can follow him on Twitter at @AllThatMMA or @WesleyRiddleMMA, and on Instagram @WesleyRiddle.

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