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The MMA Vivisection: Bellator 207 & 208 picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon, Eddie Mercado, & Victor Rodriguez are back to breakdown this week’s pair of Bellator cards in Connecticut and New York. With picks and odds for both main cards.

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If it weren’t for UFC 229, Bellator’s back to back fight cards this week might really steal the spotlight. Two talent-heavy events on consecutive nights should mean a real chance for a few notable fighters to shine. However, it’s hard to shake the feeling that the fallout from Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor has overshadowed everything else. Even with fights like Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione vs. Ryan Bader, Roy Nelson vs. Sergei Kharitonov, and Ben Henderson, Alexander Shlemenko, and Lorenz Larkin all in interesting bouts, it may take something truly remarkable to break out from under the UFC 229 narrative.

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Here’s a look at the Friday, October 12th & Saturday, October 13th Bellator 207 & 208 Fight Cards as they stand right now, via

BELLATOR 207 | Uncasville, CT

Friday, October 12th

Matt Mitrione vs Ryan Bader - 22:42
Roy Nelson vs Sergei Kharitonov - 17:38
Lorenz Larkin vs Ion Pascu - 7:26
Baby Slice vs Corey Browning - 14:19
Carrington Banks vs Mandel Nallo - 10:29

Kristi Lopez vs Sarah Click
Andre Fialho vs Javier Torres
Lisa Blain vs Alexandra Ballou
Nicholas Giulietti vs Alex Ortiz
Tim Caron vs Vinicius De Jesus
Sinead Kavanagh vs Janay Harding
Kastroit Xhema vs Pat Casey
Mike Kimbel vs Alex Potts
Sean Lally vs Kemran Lachinov

BELLATOR 208 | Uniondale, NY

Saturday, October 13th

Fedor Emelianenko vs Chael Sonnen - 50:55
Benson Henderson vs Saad Awad - 46:54
Alexander Shlemenko vs Anatoly Tokov - 35:21
Cheick Kongo vs Timothy Johnson - 41:43
Henry Corrales vs Andy Main - 31:47

Robson Gracie vs Jamal Pottinger
Suhrob Aidarbekov vs Tommy Espinosa
Frankie Buenafuente vs James Gonzalez
Jeremy Puglia vs Eric Olsen
Mike Diorio vs Drews Rodriguez
Ryan Castro vs Dennis Buzukja
Zarrah Adashev vs Christian Medina
Jerome Mickle vs Nick Fiore
Shaquan Moore vs David Meshkhoradze
Jennifer Chieng vs Jessica Ruiz