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The MMA Vivisection - Bellator 227 + 228 picks, odds, & analysis

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Zane Simon, Victor Rodriguez, and the irresistibly adorable Eddie Mercado break down the Bellator doubleheader working both sides of the Atlantic.

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Bellator has an all-out assault on the combat sport senses this weekend with a Friday and Saturday show, featuring a ton of their Irish standouts, established vets and sensational prospects. Bellator 227 also has a very intriguing main event in a battle of former UFC talents Myles Jury and former champ Benson Henderson.

SBGi standout James Gallagher returns to action against Roman Salazar in the co-main event on this Ireland vs the world card. The card has been split into two pieces due to broadcast rights: Bellator 227 & Bellator Dublin.

Bellator Dublin’s full card is as follows:
James Gallagher vs Roman Salazar - Featherweight
Michael “Venom“ Page vs Richard Kiely - Welterweight
Ryan Scope vs Peter Queally - Lightweight

And here’s the Bellator 227 card:
Benson Henderson vs Myles Jury - Lightweight
Leah McCourt vs Kerry Hughes - Featherweight
Kiefer Crosbie vs Hugo Pereira - 165lb catchweight
Dominique Wooding vs Frans Mlambo - Bantamweight
Norbert Novenyi Jr. vs Will Fleury - Middleweight

Prelims:
Ian Coughlan vs Constantin Gnusariov - Welterweight
Keith McCabe vs Philip Mulpeter - Welterweight
Richie Smullen vs Adam Gustab - Featherweight
Lee Chadwick vs Karl Moore - Light Heavyweight
Camila Rivarola vs Danni Neilan - Strawweight
Blaine O’Driscoll vs Ciaran Clarke - Featherweight
Vitalic Maiboroda vs Ilias Bulaid - Featherweight
Ryan Roddy vs Patrik Pietilä - Lightweight
George Courtney vs. Ciaran Clarke - Featherweight
Dylan Logan vs. Adam Gustab - Featherweight

Bellator 227’s early prelims will be available on DAZN starting at 11:45, with the main card on the Bellator app starting at 5:05pm EST. This event will also be available with tape delay for those of us stateside starting at 9:00pm EST, also on DAZN.



Inglewood hosts Bellator 228, which fires off the second bracket of the first round in their very stacked featherweight Grand Prix. It also features a rematch that could be considered a possible #1 eliminator at middleweight between former Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi and former UFC champ Lyoto Machida.

Full card is as follows:

Patricio Pitbull vs Juan Archuleta - Featherweight title fight/GP bout
Lyoto Machida vs Gegard Mousasi - Middleweight
Henry Corrales vs Darrion Caldwell - Featherweight GP bout
Daniel Weichel vs Saul Rogers - Featherweight GP bout
Georgi Karakhanyan vs AJ McKee - Featherweight GP bout

Prelims:

Antonio McKee - William Sriyapai - Middleweight
AJ Agazarm vs Jonathan Quiroz - Lightweight
Joshua Jones vs Dominic Clark - Lightweight
Castle Williams vs Weber Almeida - Bantamweight
Adrian Najera vs Jason Edwards - Bantamweight
Ian Butler vs Emilio Williams - Welterweight
Ozzy Diaz vs Andre Walker - Middleweight
Mike Jasper vs Johnny Cisneros - 175lb catchweight
Leandro Higo vs Shawn Bunch - Bantamweight
Benji Gomez vs Johnny Santa Maria - 130lb catchweight
Ava Knight vs Shannon Goughary - Strawweight
James Barnes vs David Duran - 133lb catchweight

(Be sure to check out our Bellator 228 coverage on our BE Presents YouTube channel with interviews with the event’s top contenders)

Bellator 228 will be streamed in its entirety exclusively on DAZN starting at 7:30pm EST.