Bellator MMA invades the S&P Arena in San Jose, CA for one of its best cards of the year, Bellator 206: Mousasi vs. MacDonald.

Mousasi vs. MacDonald features a Superfight in the headliner between Middleweight Champion “The Dreamcatcher” Gegard Mousasi, and “the Red King” Rory MacDonald. (Note: Only the Middleweight title will be on the line).

In the Co-Main Event, “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva meet in the Fourth chapter of the legendary careers. Former Welterweight Champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov collide in the First Round of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix, and phenom Aaron Pico looks to keep his knockout win streak going as he readies for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu veteran Leandro Higo.

The Bellator 206 Main Card will be LIVE Streamed Saturday, September 29 at 10 PM/ET on the DAZN Network. (One month free trials are available)

Bellator 206 Main Card Predictions

Keri Melendez (-850) vs. Dakota Zimmerman (+525)

Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (2-0-0) looks to remain undefeated as she welcomes Dakota Zimmerman (1-0-0) in her first Bellator cage appearance. The wife of former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez, Keri has been making her waves in her own Mixed Martial Arts career with stoppage victories at Bellator 165 and Bellator 201. Fighting for the second time in three months, Taylor-Melendez will try to continue her ascent in the Women’s Flyweight rankings against Zimmerman.

Dakota Zimmerman will participate in her first professional bout in three years. Dakota owns a Third Round TKO win over Michele Swasho in her only professional fight with Shamrock Fighting Championships back in June 2015. Zimmerman currently trains at Arnold BJJ in St. Louis, MO and will need quite the performance to upset Keri Melendez.

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Melendez via First Round KO

D’Bo’s Picks: Melendez via First Round Submission

Aaron Pico (-550) vs. Leandro Higo (+375)

Prized Bellator prospect Aaron Pico (3-1-0) meets “the Pitbull” Leandro Higo (18-4-0), who moves up a weight class for a juicy Featherweight matchup. Despite winning five of his last seven fights, Leandro Higo fell to 1-2 inside the Bellator cage after losing via First Round Submission to Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldwell in his last bout at Bellator 195. Higo has ten submission wins on his fight resume, and his fight ending abilities should make his bout with Pico an exciting affair.

Pico has bounced back quite impressively since his debut loss to Zach Freeman at Bellator NYC last summer. Over the last year, Aaron Pico has had three consecutive First Round knockout wins to improve his professional MMA record to 3-1.

Leandro Higo will be the most skilled and experienced opponent Aaron Pico has faced to date. With Pico currently listed as more than a 5-1 favorite, oddsmakers have the confidence that Pico’s win streak will continue. However, it is important to note that Higo has only been knocked out once in twenty two professional bouts.

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Pico via Decision

D’Bo’s Picks: Pico via First Round KO

Welterweight World Grand Prix, First Round

Douglas Lima (+125) vs. Andrey Koreshkov 3 (-155)

In the Opening Round of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix, former Champions Douglas Lima (29-7-0) and Andrey Koreshkov (21-2-0) meet for a third time inside a Bellator cage.

“The Phenom” Douglas Lima came up just shy of a successful title defense against Rory MacDonald at Bellator 192. Lima is 8-2 in his last ten fights with his only losses to MacDonald and Koreshkov. Koreshkov defeated Lima by unanimous decision at Bellator 140 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT back in July 2015. Lima would later exact his revenge in November 2016 at Bellator 164, defeating Koreshkov via Third Round KO.

Both of these former champs have a ridiculously high finishing rate. (Lima 24/29 wins by Stoppage= 82% finishing rate. Koreshkov was 15/21 wins by Stoppage=71% finishing rate.) I think this will be a great battle to kickoff the Welterweight World Grand Prix. I’m riding with the Phenom

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Lima via Second Round KO

D’Bo’s Picks: Koreshkov via Decision

Quinton Jackson (-260) vs. Wanderlei Silva 4 (+200)

Quinton “Rampage”Jackson (37-13-0) looks to end a two fight losing skid when he faces Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva (35-13-0) in the fourth installment of their rivalry that dates back to their first meeting at Pride FC: Final Conflict in 2003.

Wanderlei won their first two matches in Pride FC by Knockout and TKO, before Rampage got some revenge and finished Silva via First Round KO at UFC 92 in 2008. Ten years later, the two MMA legends are ready to go again.

In his first bout in four years, Wanderlei lost via Unanimous Decision to Chael Sonnen at Bellator NYC in underwhelming performance. In his recent losses to Sonnen and King Mo, the cardio and conditioning of Rampage Jackson has looked to be on a significant decline. And with all that being said, is Rampage gas tank can hold up, he should be able to take down and work on Wandy, who isn’t the quirmiest on the ground or a real threat to pull off a submission from his back. Silva is 3-5 since their last meeting in 2008.

Both of these fighters don’t have much thread left on their tires, so I expect them to both come out blazing, and seek an early finish to avoid the inevitable exhaustion from settling in and prevent from putting the crowd to sleep with a lackluster ho hum performance.

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Rampage via First Round KO

D’Bo’s Picks: Rampage via First Round KO

MAIN EVENT

Bellator Middleweight Championship

Gegard Mousasi {C} (-250) vs. Rory MacDonald {C} (WW) (+210)

Both 2-0 since joining Bellator, “The Dreamcatcher” Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) and “the Red King” Rory MacDonald (20-4-0) headline Bellator 206, in a Superfight between former UFC stars turned Bellator Champions.

Mousasi’s Bellator career began last year with a hard earned victory over former champ Alexander “Storm” Schlemenko at Bellator 185. That victory put Mousasi in line for his title shot. In May, Mousasi defeated Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 200 by First Round TKO to become Middleweight champion.

Since Rory MacDonald will be moving up in weight, only the Mousasi’s Middleweight Championship will be on the line in Saturday’s Main Event. Rory will also be participating and defending his Welterweight belt in the Welterweight World Grand Prix against Jon Fitch in the Opening Round, regardless of this weekend’s outcome.
Rory earned his title shot with a slick Second Round submission against Paul “Semtex” Daley in his promotional debut at Bellator 179 in May 2017. In January, Rory MacDonald showed immense heart and competitive desire to persevere in his Unanimous Decision over Douglas Lima to the 170 pound title at Bellator 192.

Despite fighting in different weight classes, there is real size advantage between MacDonald and Mousasi. They have an identical reach at seventy six inches. Rory stands at 6’0, while Gegard is 6’1. Both are kickboxers who fight out of the Orthodox stance and utilize a balanced attack. One interest of note of interest is that Rory has never been submitted, while half of Mousasi’s losses (3) have come by way of submission.

This could be an instant classic. Both are great martial artists. I feel that the longer the fight goes, the more likely the Red King walks out of the cage as a two division Double Champ.

I see Rory becoming “champ champ” via Third Round Submission. But you never know, should be a good one!

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: MacDonald via Third round submission

D’Bo’s Picks: MacDonald via Decision

Bellator returns with back to back cards on October 12th (Bellator 207–Mohegan Sun,CT) and October 13th (Bellator 208–Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,NY) to determine the two finalists in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix. Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below, and enjoy the fights! 👊🏻