The MMA Vivisection – Bellator 222: MacDonald vs. Gracie picks, odds, & analysis

With the UFC taking a week off, it’s the perfect time for a high profile Bellator event, and this week’s in Madison Square Garden…

By: Zane Simon | 4 years ago
The MMA Vivisection – Bellator 222: MacDonald vs. Gracie picks, odds, & analysis
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With the UFC taking a week off, it’s the perfect time for a high profile Bellator event, and this week’s in Madison Square Garden is one of the most stacked cards the promotion has ever put together. In the main event, welterweight champion Rory MacDonald takes on challenger Neiman Gracie for the semi-finals of the promotion’s 170 lb Grand Prix. In the co-main event former UFC champion Lyoto Machida takes on former title contender Chael Sonnen. And the whole main card opens with a bantamweight promotion vs. promotion superfight with RIZIN bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi rematching Bellator Bantamweight champ Darrion Caldwell, having defeated the ‘Wolf’ via submission last December. Throw Eduardo Dantas, Dillon Danis, Aaron Pico, Rena Kubota, and Valerie Loureda in there and it should be a fight card to remember.

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Here’s a look at the Bellator 222 fight card as it stands right now:

DAZN MAIN CARD | 10pm/7pm ET&PT
Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie
Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen
Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey
Ricky Bandejas vs. Patrick Mix
Eduardo Dantas vs. Juan Archuleta
Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

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Brandon Polcare vs. Brandon Medina
Haim Gozali vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer
Heather Hardy vs. Taylor Turner
Mike Kimbel vs. Sebastian Ruiz
John Beneduce vs. Kenny Rivera
Kastriot Xhema vs. Whitney Francois
Phil Hawes vs. Michael Wilcox
Robson Gracie vs. Oscar Vera
Rena Kubota vs. Lindsey VanZandt
Aaron Pico vs. Adam Borics
Valerie Loureda vs. Larkyn Dasch
Marcus Surin vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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