Bellator 245 predictions: Whos picking Lyoto Machida over Phil Davis in their rematch? – MMA Junkie

Bellator is back this week with back-to-back events in Connecticut, the first of which features a light heavyweight rematch.

Bellator 245 takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.

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In the main event, former Bellator light heavyweight champion Phil Davis (21-5 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) takes on former UFC champ Lyoto Machida (26-9 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in a rematch. The two first met in the UFC, and Davis took a controversial decision in Brazil. Davis is a -350 favorite, and our 14 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts have him with a big lead at 12-2.

In the co-main event, former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano (10-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes her promotional debut at featherweight against Gabrielle Holloway (6-5 MMA, 1-2 BMMA). Zingano is by far the biggest favorite on the card at 9-1, and she’s got a 13-1 picks lead.

Also on the main card, Ed Ruth (8-2 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) is a 3-1 favorite at middleweight against Taylor Johnson (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), and Ruth has a 13-1 picks lead.

And kickboxing standout Raymond Daniels (2-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) is a -365 favorite against Peter Stanonik (5-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), and only one picker is taking Stanonik in an upset.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Davis (56 percent), Zingano (88 percent), Ruth (86 percent), and Daniels (N/A) are the choices.

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