MMASucka’s Bellator London 2 Staff Picks

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Part two of MMASucka staff picks this weekend are in. Tomorrow afternoon, November 23 will see Bellator London 2 take place from The SSE Arena in England. The main card will begin at 5:00pm ET (2:00pm PT) live on Bellator’s app free to download for both iPhone and Android providers. Check out part one of staff picks from earlier this morning’s ONE Championship: Edge of Greatness.

The Fights

The always-entertaining Michael “Venom” Page is ready to defend in home territory against the invading Gianni Melillo of Italy. Page’s undefeated run came to a terrifying halt in May after getting knocked out in vicious fashion to now-three time Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima. Although his run in the promotion’s Grand Prix came to an end, eh successfully rebounded with a sensational flying knee finish over Richard Kiely in September; his second of that form with Bellator. His opponent, Melillo, is ready to make his promotional debut in fight number eighteen of his career. Competing on the regional scene has seen improved performance including prior main event slots and capturing of promotional titles. Melillo looks to back up his recent decision win over Will “The Kill” Chope with another solid name to his resume.

A thrilling showdown in the co-main event is in store between former two-divisional BAMMA champion Terry Brazier and former two-divisional Cage Warriors champion Soren Bak. Brazier looks to find victory number two of 2019 at home while Denmark’s Bak hopes to add a sixth straight win to his name.

The final main card fight sees rivals Fabian Edwards and Michael Shipman set for battle at 185 pounds. Lightweights Charlie Leary and Tim Wilde are set to steal the show on the preliminary card. Although not on the main portion, this felt as a must to include as both men always deliver inside the cage. See our picks for Bellator London 2 below.

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 London 2 below.

Staff Records after UFC Fight Night 164:

Michael DeSantis: 285-160
Connor Deitrich: 282-163
Ed Gallo: 274-167
Mike Skytte: 261-184
Jeremy Brand: 257-187
Mitchell Banuelos: 256-160
Matt Bricker: 247-185
Ash Camyab: 232-175
Frazer Krohn: 158-119
Ryan Hobbs: 141-126
Andrew Benjamin: 116-84
McKenzie Guardiero: 112-88
Tanner Russ: 91-52
Dan Rose: 81-48

*ONE Championship: Edge of Greatness picks will be added NEXT weekend*

Tim Wilde (12-4) vs. Charlie Leary (16-10-1)

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

Staff picking Leary: 5
Staff picking Wilde: 10

Terry Brazier (11-2) vs. Soren Bak (12-1)

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

Staff picking Brazier: 4
Staff picking Bak: 11

Fabian Edwards (8-0) vs. Michael Shipman (13-2)

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

Staff picking Edwards: 13
Staff picking Shipman: 2

Michael Page (15-1) vs. Giovanni Melillo (13-4)

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

Staff picking Page: 15
Staff picking Melillo: 0


Bellator London 2

Fabian Edwards (left) and Mike Shipman face-off ahead of their co-main event slot at Bellator London 2 taking place Saturday, November 23rd from the The SSE Arena in London, England (photo credits to Bellator MMA)



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Wesley Riddle is a 29-year-old writer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina from Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has been part of the MMASucka team since the fourth quarter of 2016. Additionally, he serves as a writer with partner site Last Word on Motorsports.

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