Bellator 220 Odds, Preview & Expert Predictions

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 25, 2019 in

In the main event of Bellator 220, former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch takes on the reigning Bellator welterweight champion, UFC veteran Rory MacDonald. MacDonald is coming off a loss against Gegard Mousasi in a fight where MacDonald took a step up in weight in an attempt to become a two-division champion but failed in his bid. Fitch won his Bellator debut against Paul Daley via unanimous decision. Jon now has five consecutive victories.

Fitch may not have lost a fight in well over four years, but he has only fought five times in this span. His victories came over the likes of Yushin Okami, Jake Shields, and Paul Daley. These are some good veterans, but nobody at the level of MacDonald, clear Bellator Betting favorite.

Bellator 220 Odds, Preview & Expert Predictions

MacDonald Back inside the Ring

MacDonald has also fought sparingly over the past few years. The Bellator welterweight champ has made three appearances with the promotion and won two of those fights. He will be looking to bounce back from a loss against Gegard Mousasi where he stepped up to the middleweight division. Mousasi was able to dispatch MacDonald in the second round.

Fitch isn’t going to be able to do the same to MacDonald. Fitch fights a very safe game in every outing. He will seek to bring this fight to the ground and use his wrestling to ride out a decision victory. It’s Fitch’s bread and butter and remains the reason why he has been so successful over the course of his career and continues to fight at age 41. Fitch doesn’t take a lot of punishment, but if he can’t bring the fight to the ground, there really isn’t another avenue for success for him.

High Expectations

When Bellator announced the array of talent participating in their Welterweight Grand Prix, it was hard to think of a fight that you wouldn’t want to see the champion Rory MacDonald (20-5) competing in. “The Red King” has the ability to make each and every fight entertaining; he kicked the door of Bellator wide open in 2017, submitting Paul Daley in his debut. He was awarded a title shot against then-champion Douglas Lima, who he defeated in a war of attrition.

MacDonald has a clear edge in every area, and this even includes the grappling department. He is a tough out for anybody, and it’s hard to see Fitch being the type of fighter to do stop MacDonald. The fight will be contested on the feet, and the champion will retain his crown.

The winner of this championship match will face Neiman Gracie in the next round of the Welterweight Grand Prix.

Women Can Fight on Bellator 220

In the women’s headliner, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane puts her women’s flyweight title on the line in the co-headlining affair against Veta Arteaga. Macfarlane defended her belt for the second time in her native Hawaii in her last fight, which ended in a triangle-choke victory over UFC veteran Valérie Létourneau. Arteaga is riding a two-fight winning streak that includes victories over Emily Ducote and Denise Kielholtz.