Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader

Preview and Predictions for Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader by Danny Rourke and Darell Garner 

The Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final takes place this weekend at the Forum in Inglewood, California to determine the next Bellator Heavyweight Champion. Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader has some great matchups throughout, and on paper, could be one of the promotion’s best cards of 2019. Former Ohio State wrestling standout, AJ Agazarm makes his professional MMA debut on the Prelims, and Jake Hager, formerly known as the WWE’s Jack Swagger makes his pro debut on the Main Card against J.W. Kiser. Juan Archuleta will face Ricky Bandejas which should be an incredible matchup, and Bellator’s rising star Aaron Pico faces a stern test in the Co-Main event against Henry Corrales.  Action starts with: 

Prelims                          7:00PM/ET    Bellator App
Main Card                     9:00PM/ET    Paramount Network

Bellator 214 Main Card Predictions 

Brandan McMahan vs. Adel Altamimi 

Brandan McMahan (5-6-0) and Adel “Kyokushin” Altamimi (7-5-0) will meet in a Featherweight matchup to kickoff the Main Card.Both fighters will be making their promotional debuts, but it is Brandan “Golden Boy” McMahan who will  also be making his professional MMA debut.  McMahan went 0-2 on the amateur fight scene in 2018, but the Golden Boy does have three Submission wins to his credit, and has been granted an awesome opportunity to fight on such a big stage. Adel Altamimi will have his first fight since a TKO to current Bellator standout Juan Archuleta at King of the Cage Never Quit in September 2017. Adel is literally an all or nothing fighter. Altamimi has a 100% in his seven professional wins, with one knockout and six Submission wins. On the flip side, Adel has been knocked out in all five of his pro losses. Fortunately for  “Kyokushin”, Brandan McMahan has zero knockouts on his MMA record to date. Altamimi trains alongside color commentator Jay Glazer and Hollywood Star Chris Pratt under Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, so Altamimi will also have the hometown advantage. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Altamimi via First Round Submission 

D’Bo’s Picks: Altamini via Decision 

Juan Archuleta (-215) vs. Ricky Bandejas (+165)

This fight should be amazing! I expect young studs Juan Archuleta (20-1-0) and Ricky Bandejas (11-1-0) to put on a  heck of a show. Both fighters enter their Bantamweight contest on impressive win streaks. A product of Nick Catone MMA in New Jersey, Ricky Bandejas derailed the James Gallagher hype train at Bellator 204 in August 2018 to extend his current win streak to six. Ricky would like to claim another big scalp and keep his momentum rolling by taking out BANG Muay Thai talent, and training partner of UFC Champ TJ Dillashaw, Juan Archuleta. “The Spaniard” Juan Archuleta improved to 3-0 inside the Bellator cage and extended  his current streak to a gaudy sixteen straight wins  in lopsided decision win over Jeremy Spoon at Bellator 210 in late November 2018. Both of these guys should have great careers, win or lose come Saturday. I’m rolling with the East Coast sleeper Ricky Bandejas to shock the Cali crowd and put an end to the Spaniard’s tremendous run. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Bandejas via Second Round TKO 

D’Bo’s Picks: Archuleta via Second Round Submission 

Jake Hager vs. J.W Kiser 

More famously known as the WWE’s Jack Swagger, Jake Hager (0-0-0) will attempt to make a successful crossover in the professional MMA debut against J.W. Kiser (1-1-0). By now, we are all pretty aware of how CM Punk’s foray into mixed martial arts turned out. Hager will have the advantage competing at Heavyweight, and having a NCAA Division 1 Wrestling background. Kiser has an interesting amateur background, compiling a 8-6 record, and having never made the distance in any of his wins or losses. One has to assume that Hager will be the more well conditioned athlete, and should have a decent opportunity to show what he’s got in his professional MMA debut in front of viewers. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Hager via First Round KO 

D’Bo’s Picks: Hager via Decision 

Aaron Pico (-585) vs. Henry Corrales (+385)

Mega prospect Aaron Pico (4-1-0) plans on going from prospect to title contender by taking another step up in competition to take on veteran Henry “OK” Corrales (16-3-0). With aspirations of becoming the youngest ever MMA Champion at the age of 22, Aaron Pico knows what is at stake this weekend against Henry Corrales. Both Corrales and Pico enter their bout on four fight win streaks. Pico has won his last four, most recently against Leandro Higo at Bellator 206 in September by knockout. Corrales, who will be making his eighth appearance inside a Bellator cage, has never been knocked out in nineteen professional bouts. Despite his wealth of experience, I don’t think that Corrales has faced someone with the terrifying knockout power of Aaron Pico. Corrales is definitely a game opponent, but I can’t see this fight ending any other way, besides Pico getting his hand raised. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Pico via Decision

D’Bo’s Picks: Pico via Decision 

MAIN EVENT— Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final

Fedor Emelianenko (+320) vs. Ryan Bader {C} (-380)

“The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (38-5-0), one of the all time greatest in Mixed Martial Arts has the opportunity to become a Heavyweight World Champion again at the age of 42. Fedor took out Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir by TKO to advance to the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix against Ryan “Darth”Bader (26-5-0), who is favored to become the first ever Champ, Champ. A win over Fedor, and Bader would simultaneously hold the championship titles in both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight division. Bader is on six fight win streak that dates back to September 2016. Bader won the Light Heavyweight belt by defeating Phil Davis by Split Decison at Bellator NYC, and later successfully defended his title by finishing Linton Vassell at Bellator 186 via Second Round TKO. Bader sounds tremendously confident and determined to become Champ, Champ. Bader has only lost to UFC Champions and Champion caliber opponents five times in 31 professional fights. They have called Fedor the Greatest of All Time for a reason, and I think the Last Emperor will remind us so once again with a memorable performance in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Fedor via First Round KO 

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

The promotion heads to the United Kingdom in two weeks for Bellator Newcastle: Pitbull vs. Scope, and will feature the return of Aaron Chalmers. Share your thoughts and predictions with us in the Comments section below and enjoy the fights! 

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One Comment

  1. Great read gentleman! Can always count on my man Dan coming through with some tasty nuggets of info and insight that I crave. Love getting hyped for the upcoming fights with these articles. Thanks boys!

    Sweet Len’s 🔮 Predictions

    Altamimi 1st Round SUB
    Archuleta DEC
    Pico 1st Round TKO
    Kiser 1st Round TKO
    Bader 2nd Round TKO

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