The First Round of the Heavyweight Grand Prix wraps up this weekend as Bellator 199: Bader vs. King Mo is going down on Saturday night in San Jose, CA.
This stacked fight card is flying under the radar, so make sure to check out this entertaining card. Action starts Saturday 9PM/ET on the Paramount Network.
Bellator 199 Main Card
Adam Piccolotti (+205) vs. Carrington Banks (-285)
Kicking off the Main Card are talented Lightweights Adam Piccolotti (9-2-0) and Carrington “Jetsetter” Banks (7-0-0). After starting his professional career at 9-0, Piccolotti has dropped consecutive bouts to Gauti Yamauchi and David Rickels. A win over undefeated Carrington Banks could certainly get Piccolotti back on track. Banks improved to 3-0 inside the Bellator cagemost recently earning a decision win over Steve Kozola at Bellator 184. All three of Banks’ Bellator wins have come by decision, no surprise considering his wrestling base.
I’m going to take the determined Piccolotti to get back in the win column by way of submission.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮 Piccolotti via Second Round Submission
D’Bo’s Picks: Banks via Decision
Javy Ayala (+155) vs. Cheick Kongo (-195)
I expect Javy “Eye Candy”Ayala (10-6-0) and Cheick Kongo (27-10-2) to put on an old school Heavyweight battle. Ayala’s record inside the Bellator cage fell to 5-4 after losing a decision to Roy Nelson the last time promotion was in San Jose for Bellator 183. Prior to his loss to Nelson, Ayala scored back to back first knockouts against Roy Boughton and Sergei Kharitonov. Even at age 42, Cheick Kongo continues to find a way to keep winning as he is currently enjoying a five fight win streak. Kongo earned a split decision over Augusto Sakai in his last bout a year ago at Bellator 179. I think Cheick will fade Ayala’s haymakers, take the fight to the mat and grind out another decision win.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮 Kongo via Decision
D’Bo’s Picks: Kongo via Second Round KO
Lee Morrison (+355) vs. Aaron Pico (-535)
Lee “The American Bulldog” Morrison (19-8-0) looks to slow down the hype train of mega talent Aaron Pico (2-1-0). Morrison makes his promotional debut on a four fight win streak, and having never been knocked out over his twenty seven fight career. Pico has looked the part of a superstar talent with his one punch knockout of Justin Linn at Bellator 183 and first round finish of Shane Krutchen.
Aaron splits time training in California with TJ Dillashaw at the Treigning Lab ,at the American Kickboxing Academy and with his boxing coach, the legendary Freddie Roach. I continue to expect great things from Aaron Pico.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮 Pico via First Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Pico via Decision
Paul Daley (+120) vs Jon Fitch (-150)
While Paul Daley (40-15-2) has alternated wins and losses over his last four fights, “Semtex” proved that he is still the ever capable destroyer with his impressive finish of Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183. Daley has finished 32 of his 40 career wins, at another knockout is exactly what he will be looking for as he travels over from London to face veteran Jon Fitch (30-7-1). Fitch looks to be in great shape leading up to his promotional debut, and will enjoy the support of his California hometown crowd.
Fitch most recently fought with the PFL and the now defunct WSOF promotion, where Fitch became the WSOF Welterweight Champion. Since his exit from the UFC in 2013, Fitch is 6-2 and is currently on four fight win streak. Daley can certainly end the fight against the veteran Fitch, but will Daley be able to keep the fight on the feet? I think Fitch wins the clash of styles and earns the decision win.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮 Fitch via Decision
D’Bo’s Picks: Daley via Third Round KO
MAIN Event—Heavyweight Grand Prix, First Round
Ryan Bader (-315) vs King Mo (+245)
Current Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan “Darth”Bader (24-5-0) begins his quest to become the first Bellator Champion to hold titles in two weight classes as Bader faces King Mo (21-6-0) in the final matchup of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, First Round. Both fighters are on the smaller side for Heavyweights, but King Mo has definitely the upperhand when it comes to fighting bigger opponents.
King Mo will be facing Bader in the prime of his career, with the confidence of a champion carrying recent wins over Linton Vassell in his first title defense and earning the title against Mr. Wonderful Phil Davis, who is still widely regarded as one of the top 5 Light Heavyweights in the world, regardless of promotional affiliation. King Mo earned a decision over Rampage Jackson in his last bout over a year ago at Bellator 175. I think the inactivity of King Mo in comparison to a fighter of Bader’s caliber will ultimately seal his fate. The two have a old rivalry from collegiate wrestling, but I don’t see King Mo “son”-ing Bader, who will be trying to become the first two weight Bellator Champion. Should be good.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮 Bader via First Round KO
D’ Bo’s Picks: King Mo Second Round KO
Bellator 200 takes place Friday May 25th at the historic Wembley Arena in London,UK 🇬🇧 You won’t want to miss out on this milestone event, featuring the return of Mirko Cro Cop! Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below, and enjoy the fights!! 👊🏻👊🏻