Bellator is back this week with the welterweight title on the line at the top of the bill.
Bellator 260 takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
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In the main event, welterweight champion Douglas Lima (32-8 MMA, 14-4 BMMA) puts his title up against the unbeaten Yaroslav Amosov (25-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA). Lima is a slight betting favorite at -125 (Place your legal sports bets online in CO, IN, IA, MI, NV, NJ, PA, TN, VA and WV at BetMGM. Bet now!), but he’s got a big 9-4 lead in the picks from our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.
In the co-feature, Paul Daley (43-17-2 MMA, 9-4 BMMA) meets Jason Jackson (14-4 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) in a 175-pound contract weight bout. Jackson is a decent favorite at -250, and he’s got an 11-2 picks lead.
Also on the main card, Aaron Pico (7-3 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) is our only unanimous pick in his featherweight bout against Aiden Lee (9-4 MMA, 2-1 BMMA). Pico is the card’s second biggest favorite at 8-1.
And to open the main card, Demarques Jackson (11-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) meets Mark Lemminger (11-3 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) at welterweight. It’s a pick’em fight at the betting window, and it’s our staff members’ most contentious fight, as well. Jackson has the smallest edge at 7-6.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Lima (58 percent), Jason Jackson (51 percent), Pico (88 percent) and Lemminger (63 percent) are the choices.
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