Bellator 63: MJ's Picks & Parlays
Bellator’s Season is picking up steam and after a tremendous card last week, Bellator 63 promises to deliver with the Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals. There are no lines set for this weeks tournament (UPDATE . . . Lines are up now. Parlay to follow!) with the biggest name of the night being Ben Saunders, but we’ll make our picks as usual. Although many of the fighters in this years Welterweight Bracket are new to Bellator, there are several fighters returning to mix it up for a chance at Douglas Lima later this year . . . err, scratch that, I mean for a chance to face the winner of Ben Askren and last years tourney champ Lima. I guess I let my pick for next weeks championship fight slip a little early, but I digress.
MJ’s picks for this weeks tournament:
Chris Lozano VS. Karl Amoussou
With a win over Weedman and then a loss to Lima in last years tournament, I’m giving Lozano the edge to Amoussou. Amoussou is a solid fighter, but I think Lozano will outwork him and come away with either a unanimous decision or catch him with his heavy hands and end it early.
Ben Saunders VS. Raul Amaya
Losing to a future Bellator Champ and in my opinion a future UFC contender in Lima takes the sting out of Killa B’s last loss. I’m looking for Ben to rebound with some Killa clinch work and an early finish. The combination of being undersized and taking a big step up in competition may be just too much to handle for the newcomer Raul. Ben Saunders by TKO.
Jordan Smith VS. David Rickels
This fight is by far the hardest to pick in my book as I’ve never seen either of these guys fight. Much hoopla has been made about Smith taking a split decision win over Karo Parisyan last year, but I’m going with David Rickels in this one. Rickels has finished every opponent he’s ever fought in Bellator and I’m expecting the same here.
Bryan Baker VS. Carlos Pereira
With recent wins over Jeremy Horn and Joe Riggs, I have to give the edge to Baker. “The Beast” has also faced the likes of Alexander Schlemenko and Chael Sonnen over the course of his career and as long as he effectively uses his reach and size, he should come away with the Win. Pereira may have a punchers chance here, but I just don’t see this going his way.
PARLAY PICK UPDATE!
The lines are now up!
Conservative 3 pick: Lozano, Saunders & Baker – $100 to win $180
Stretch 4 pick: Lozano, Saunders, Baker & underdog Rickels - $100 to win $576
All in all, Friday’s card should be entertaining as usual. Bellator has been doing a great job bringing in the best of the rest and then giving them the opportunity to shine. We’ll be back next week with our Bellator 64 picks.
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