Bellator 199 Card Fight, Event Information and Betting Picks
It’s a great week to be a fight fan, as we call sorts of great battles ahead of us this weekend. We have a major title fight at Madison Square Garden, UFC 224 beaming in from Brazil, and a great looking card on tap for Bellator 199. We will cover the other two events in separate articles, but for the purposes of this piece, we are going to focus on Bellator 199 and the 5 fights that will be on the main card. All of these bouts can be seen on the Paramount Network this Saturday, May 12 starting at 9 PM EST. This event is part of the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament, with the winner of the headline fight (Bader Vs Lawal) moving on to the semi-finals to face Matt Mitrione. Let’s get right to the action.
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Aaron Pico Vs Lee Morrison
The main card begins with a featherweight bout between Aaron Pico and Lee Morrison. Pico is considered an up and comer in this weight class and will be looking to continue his climb over Morrison, who will be making his promotional debut. This is a very good test for Pico, as he will be going against a veteran fighter with a career record of 19-8. Pico was hammered in his UFC debut but has steadied the ship since then with back to back wins. I’m going with Pico here.
Adam Piccolotti Vs Carrington Banks
Carrington Banks comes into this fight with a perfect 7-0 record, which includes a pair of wins at Bellator. The latest of those came at Bellator 184, where he handed Steve Kozola the first loss of his career. Piccolotti knows how that feels, as he took his first loss last year, followed by another defeat that took his career record to 9-2. It goes without saying that Piccolotti needs this one in a big way, but I think he is going to be out of luck against a very good fighter in Carrington.
Cheick Kongo Vs Javy Ayala
Kongo has made a bit of a name for himself in Bellator, posting a 7-1 record in his eight fights. The big heavyweight will have a real battle on his hands this time, though, as he will go against a fighter looking to bounce back after a tough loss. Ayala stunned the MMA world with a 16-second knockout over Sergei Kharitonov, but he then went on to lose at Bellator 183 last September. This has the makings of a great heavyweight battle, but I have a tough time looking past how well Kongo has performed on the Bellator stage, which is why I like him to win.
Paul Daley Vs John Fitch
This one is a welterweight battle that will see John Fitch make his first Bellator appearance. Fitch had to vacate his WSOF/PFL Title to take this fight on, but a win here would certainly help advance his career. He is going to have a tough time, though, against a fighter who likes to get the job done early. Daley has been busy in his career, fighting in no less than 57 MMA events, which is astonishing when you consider that he is 5 years younger than Fitch. Bit of a toss-up here, but I am going with Daley.
Ryan Bader Vs King Mo Lawal
Ryan Bader is the current Bellator Light Heavyweight champ, but this fight is all about moving on to the next battle in the quest to win the Heavyweight Tournament. Bader has posted an impressive 24-5 record in MMA, but is against a powerhouse in Lawal, who also has a solid record of 21-6. These two appear to be petty evenly matched, but I think it is Bader who has more tools, which is why I am taking him to win.