Bellator 204 staff picks: Who's going rogue in our most lopsided picks ever?

Caldwell

vs.

Lahat
Matthews

vs.

Storley
Bandejas

vs.

Gallagher
Claxton

vs.

Lencioni
MMAjunkie readers’

consensus picks

2018: 102-56
caldwell2018

Caldwell

(87%)
storley2018

Storley

(76%)
gallagher2018

Gallagher

(77%)
claxton2018

Claxton

(73%)
Dan Tom

@DanTomMMA

2018: 105-53
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
Ken Hathaway

@kenshathaway

2018: 100-58
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
bandejas2018

Bandejas
claxton2018

Claxton
Mike Bohn

@MikeBohnMMA

2018: 100-58

trophy copy 2014 Champion
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
Trent Reinsmith

@TrentReinsmith

2018: 100-58
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
Simon Samano

@SJSamano

2018: 98-60
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
Ben Fowlkes

@BenFowlkesMMA

2018: 98-60

trophy copy 2016 Champion
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
John Morgan

@MMAjunkieJohn

2018: 96-62
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
Abbey Subhan

@kammakaze

2018: 96-62
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
Steven Marrocco

@MMAjunkieSteven

2018: 94-64
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
lencioni2018

Lencioni
Fernanda Prates

@nandaprates_

2018: 92-66
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
Matt Erickson

@MMAjunkieMatt

2018: 91-67
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
Brian Garcia

@thegoze

2018: 90-68

trophy copy 2017 Champion
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton
George Garcia

@MMAjunkieGeorge

2018: 90-68
caldwell2018

Caldwell
storley2018

Storley
gallagher2018

Gallagher
claxton2018

Claxton

For the first time, Bellator is in South Dakota this week with a champion at the top of the lineup hoping to start his run toward a second title.

Bellator 204 takes place Friday at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. 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, bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (12-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) is moving up to featherweight to fight Noad Lahat (12-3 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) in a non-title bout. Caldwell said he’s hoping for a win, then a shot at the 145-pound belt to go with his 135-pound strap. He’s one of two unanimous picks among our 13 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

The co-feature gives us our other unanimous nod. Logan Storley (8-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), a protege of Brock Lesnar, is a 13-0 pick to beat 10-fight Bellator veteran A.J. Matthews (9-7 MMA, 5-5 BMMA) in their welterweight bout.

Also on the main card, only one brave picker is taking Ricky Bandejas (10-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) to beat Conor McGregor teammate James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in their bantamweight bout. And only one is taking Cris Lencioni (4-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) to beat highly touted prospect Tywan Claxton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in their featherweight bout to open the main card.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Caldwell (87 percent), Storley (76 percent), Gallagher (77 percent) and Claxton (73 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on Bellator 204, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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