Bellator 202 staff picks: Does anyone dare pick against champ Julia Budd?

Budd

vs.

Nogueira
Dantas

vs.

McDonald
Honeycutt

vs.

Leite
James

vs.

Moldavsky
MMAjunkie readers’

consensus picks

2018: 80-47
budd2018

Budd

(70%)
mcdonald2018

McDonald

(60%)
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt

(81%)
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky

(80%)
Dan Tom

@DanTomMMA

2018: 82-45
budd2018

Budd
mcdonald2018

McDonald
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Simon Samano

@SJSamano

2018: 81-46
budd2018

Budd
dantas2018

Dantas
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
james2018

James
Trent Reinsmith

@TrentReinsmith

2018: 80-47
budd2018

Budd
mcdonald2018

McDonald
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Mike Bohn

@MikeBohnMMA

2018: 79-48

trophy copy 2014 Champion
budd2018

Budd
mcdonald2018

McDonald
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Ken Hathaway

@kenshathaway

2018: 79-48
budd2018

Budd
dantas2018

Dantas
leite2018

Leite
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Ben Fowlkes

@BenFowlkesMMA

2018: 79-48

trophy copy 2016 Champion
budd2018

Budd
mcdonald2018

McDonald
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Steven Marrocco

@MMAjunkieSteven

2018: 78-49
budd2018

Budd
dantas2018

Dantas
leite2018

Leite
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Abbey Subhan

@kammakaze

2018: 76-51
budd2018

Budd
mcdonald2018

McDonald
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Dann Stupp

@DannStupp

2018: 76-51

trophy copy 2015 Champion
budd2018

Budd
mcdonald2018

McDonald
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Matt Erickson

@MMAjunkieMatt

2018: 75-52
budd2018

Budd
mcdonald2018

McDonald
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
james2018

James
John Morgan

@MMAjunkieJohn

2018: 74-53
budd2018

Budd
dantas2018

Dantas
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
Fernanda Prates

@nandaprates_

2018: 73-54
budd2018

Budd
dantas2018

Dantas
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
james2018

James
Brian Garcia

@thegoze

2018: 70-57

trophy copy 2017 Champion
budd2018

Budd
mcdonald2018

McDonald
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky
George Garcia

@MMAjunkieGeorge

2018: 69-58
budd2018

Budd
dantas2018

Dantas
honeycutt2018

Honeycutt
moldavsky2018

Moldavsky

Bellator is back in Oklahoma this week, and a women’s featherweight title fight headlines the card.

Bellator 202 takes place Friday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd (11-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) puts her belt on the line when she meets challenger Talita Nogueira (7-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). It wasn’t an easy outing for Budd the last time she defended her belt, but she got by. This time, the champion is the only unanimous pick on the card among our 14 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

In the co-feature, former bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) meets former UFC interim title challenger Michael McDonald (18-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). McDonald, fighting for Bellator for just the second time, has just a slight 8-6 edge in the picks.

Also on the main card, Chris Honeycutt (10-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) takes on Leo Leite (10-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a middleweight bout. Only two of our staff pickers are taking Leite to beat Honeycutt for his first Bellator victory.

And to open the main card, only three of our pickers are taking Ernest James (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) to top Valentin Moldavsky (7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in their heavyweight meeting on Paramount.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Budd (70 percent), McDonald (60 percent), Honeycutt (81 percent) and Moldavsky (80 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on Bellator 202, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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