Bellator 233 predictions: Do we like John Salter or Costello van Steenis in Oklahoma?

Salter

vs.

Van Steenis
Kapel

vs.

Lawal
Blencowe

vs.

Smith
Anyanwu

vs.

Fortune
MMA Junkie readers’

consensus picks

2019: 189-115 (62%)
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Salter

(54%)
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Lawal

(69%)
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Smith

(67%)
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Fortune

(89%)
Simon Head

@simonhead

2019: 104-58 (64%)
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Van Steenis
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Lawal
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Blencowe
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Fortune
Dan Tom

@DanTomMMA

2019: 194-110 (64%)
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Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
smith2019

Smith
fortune2019

Fortune
Nolan King

@mma_kings

2019: 100-57 (64%)
salter2019

Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
smith2019

Smith
fortune2019

Fortune
Ken Hathaway

@kenshathaway

2019: 192-112 (63%)

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Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
blencowe2019

Blencowe
fortune2019

Fortune
Brian Garcia

@thegoze

2019: 192-112 (63%)

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salter2019

Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
smith2019

Smith
fortune2019

Fortune
Simon Samano

@SJSamano

2019: 189-115 (62%)
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Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
blencowe2019

Blencowe
fortune2019

Fortune
John Morgan

@MMAjunkieJohn

2019: 188-116 (62%)
salter2019

Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
blencowe2019

Blencowe
fortune2019

Fortune
Mike Bohn

@MikeBohnMMA

2019: 187-117 (62%)

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salter2019

Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
smith2019

Smith
fortune2019

Fortune
George Garcia

@MMAjunkieGeorge

2019: 184-120 (61%)
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Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
smith2019

Smith
fortune2019

Fortune
Farah Hannoun

@Farah_Hannoun

2019: 91-60 (60%)
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Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
smith2019

Smith
fortune2019

Fortune
Abbey Subhan

@kammakaze

2019: 178-126 (59%)
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Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
blencowe2019

Blencowe
fortune2019

Fortune
Dave Doyle

@davedoylemma

2019: 116-96 (55%)
salter2019

Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
smith2019

Smith
fortune2019

Fortune
Matt Erickson

@MMAjunkieMatt

2019: 161-143 (53%)
salter2019

Salter
lawal2019

Lawal
smith2019

Smith
fortune2019

Fortune

Bellator is back in Oklahoma this week for the third time this year, and middleweights are at the top of the bill.

Bellator 233 takes place Friday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.

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

In the main event, John Salter (16-4 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) takes on Costello van Steenis (12-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in a fight between 185-pound contenders. Despite van Steenis’ unbeaten Bellator record, only one of our 13 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers is picking him to beat Salter in the headliner.

In the co-main event, Muhammed Lawal (21-9 MMA, 10-6 BMMA) returns for what he says will be his retirement fight in a 195-pound catchweight bout. He retired earlier this year after a loss, but wants to go out with a win against promotional newcomer Andrew Kapel (14-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). And “King Mo” is one of two unanimous picks from our staff members on the main card.

The other unanimous nod goes to Tyrell Fortune (7-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) in his heavyweight fight against Azunna Anyanwu (15-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Fortune is a 13-0 pick to stay unbeaten.

Also on the main card, former women’s featherweight title challenger Arlene Blencowe (12-7 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) takes on Leslie Smith (11-7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who will try to make it 2-0 under the Bellator banner. It’s our most contentious fight, picks-wise, but it’s Smith with an 8-5 lead.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Salter (54%), Lawal (69 percent), Smith (67 percent) and Fortune (89 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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