Bellator will make its way to San Jose, California for Bellator 220. This card is head lined by Bellator welterweight world champion, Rory MacDonald who will defend his belt against MMA veteran, Jon Fitch. In the co-main event women’s flyweight champion, Ilima-lei Macfarlane will defend her title against up-and-coming title challenger, Veta Arteaga.
Check the Bellator 220 predictions below.
Gaston Bolanos vs Nathan Stolen (Lightweight)
Bolanos is a very exciting up-and-coming lightweight prospect and a product of the famous CSA gym. Bolanos is best known for his spectacular spinning elbow knockout that was a widely seen highlight. Bolanos is a decorated Muay Thai specialist, 4-1 as a mixed martial artist, and is getting better every fight with his overall game. Nathan Stolen is a very tough lightweight, this will be his second fight for Bellator and is looking to put on a great show, ending the hype train that is Gaston Bolanos.
Gaston Bolanos def. Nathan Stolen via TKO in round 2.
Benson Henderson vs Adam Piccolotti (Lightweight)
This lightweight bout features former WEC and UFC lightweight world champion, Benson Henderson, who will be looking to go on a 3-fight win streak, continuing to build his momentum at an attempt to rematch Michael Chandler. Henderson is 3-2 in his last five fights and is looking to make another run at becoming a world champion. As for Adam Piccolotti, he is also riding a 2-fight winning streak. He only has 2 losses on his record, so I don’t expect this to be an easy fight for Henderson. If Henderson comes with less than 100 percent, Piccolotti could run away with this one.
Benson Henderson def. Adam Piccolotti via unanimous decision.
Phil Davis vs Liam McGeary (Light Heavyweight)
Phil Davis is a former top UFC contender and a former Bellator light heavyweight world champion. Davis also won the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, he lost his world title to the current light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader. Since losing his title, Davis is 2-1 in his last 3 fights, only dropping a decision to Vadim Nemkov. As for Liam McGeary, this will be his chance to avenge his loss to Davis, who beat McGeary for the 205-pound title back in 2016. Since then, McGeary has a record of 2-2 in his last four fights. He will be looking to put on a show and take it to Davis, putting his name at the top of the list of title contenders.
Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary via submission in round 3.
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (C) vs Veta Arteaga (Flyweight)
Macfarlane is hands down one of the best flyweights in the world, despite not being in the UFC. She has a perfect 9-0 record and is looking to put on show. She is coming off a big win of former UFC strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau. As for Veta (5-2), she’s a great young up-and-coming fighter who has much potential. At this stage in Veta’s young career, she is looking to add a world title to her resume, although some people might say it’s too early. This is a sport were anything can happen. She is 3-2 in her last five fights and is definitely looking to upset the Hawaiian champion.
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Veta Arteaga via unanimous decision.
Rory MacDonald (C) vs Jon Fitch (Welterweight)
I expect this fight to be a great welterweight showdown. Fitch is looking to add another world title to his resume. Fitch won the WSOF welterweight title back in 2016, defended the belt, and defended it one more time but as the PFL champion. Fitch is one of the rare men who has fought for a major world title in every organization. As for the always tough MacDonald, he is looking to get back to his winning ways, defending his welterweight crown. He moved up to middleweight for the first time in September to try and become a champ-champ, however was unsuccessful against Gegard Mousasi. I expect both men to come out and look their best, I just feel that Fitch’s time has passed. MacDonald is an elite fighter and I just don’t see Fitch having enough weapons to beat him.
Rory MacDonald def. Jon Fitch via unanimous decision.