Bellator 220: Preview

Bellator 220 goes down Saturday night April 27 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Headlined by not one but two huge title fights.
Welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will defend his title in the first round of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix against former UFC veteran Jon Fitch. Two experienced fighters with impressive records and resumes clash for the gold in this exciting main event.

The co-main event showcases undefeated Flyweight Champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane as she defends her title against rising star and top contender Veta Arteaga.

Bellator 220 Main Card

Rory MacDonald (20-5) vs. Jon Fitch (32-7-1)  Welterweight title 🏆

After making a huge splash in Bellator with wins over Paul Daley and Douglas Lima Rory had not only taken Bellator by storm but also taken the Welterweight title. Trying to land the champ champ title Rory took a shot at the Middleweight title but feel short against Gegard Mousasi. Bouncing back in a tournament style system with his title on the line “The Red King” looks to solidify his place at the top of the division once again.
Fitch enters the tournament with a shot t win the title in the first round so his motivation is on full tilt. The former UFC veteran will look to steal the thunder and the crown from the red king Saturday night. The winner will advance as champion against Neiman Gracie.

Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (9-0) vs. Veta Arteaga (5-2) – Women’s Flyweight title 🏆

Reigning champion Ilima-Lei rolls in at 9-0 with 7 finishes and over half of her total wins coming via submission. This Hawaiian Goddess has won the hearts of the fans in Bellator and looks to showcase her submission skill set against Veta.
Arteaga comes in winner of her last two fights. One win via decision and one by way of submission. The talented American striker has a ton of confidence and is hungry to upset the champ and prove she belongs on top of the mountain at Bellator. Arteaga’s submission defense will no doubt be tested in this match up and Saturday night we find out just how good she really is.

Benson Henderson (26-8) vs. Adam Piccolotti (11-2)

Henderson is clearly the more experienced fighter in this one. Not only in the number of fights but also the level of competition he has faced. The former UFC champion is looking to make one more run as Bellator champion when he enters the cage with a rising star in Piccolotti.
Piccolotti comes in on a two fight win streak and is hungry for the chance to drop a former UFC champion. With almost half of his wins coming by way of submission I think we all believe that is how Adam will look to attack Benson. Henderson’s experience will prove difficult for a submission win but Piccolotti feels confident he can tap the former champ.

Phil Davis (19-5) vs. Liam McGeary (13-3)

Mr wonderful makes his return to the Bellator cage against another veteran in the way of Liam McGeary. Both men are exciting strikers and can catch their opponent from angles. They both love a highlight reel finish and will look for KO of the night in this battle. A rematch from two and a half years ago where Davis defeated McGeary in a 5 round decision to win the title. This one screams revenge for McGeary while Davis knows a second win shows his dominance against the former champ.

Also on the main card
Gaston Bolanos (4-1) vs. Nathan Stolen (8-4)

Preliminary Card

Mandel Nallo vs. Danasabe Mohammed
Diego Herzog vs. Jordan Williams
Tom Ponce De Leon vs. Jamario Mulder
Justin Tenedora vs. Matt Perez
Abraham Vaesau vs. Justin Roswell
Aviv Gozali vs. Travis Crain
Josh San Diego vs. Brandon Laroco
Boris Novachkov vs. Chris Inocencio
Ignacio Ortiz vs. Roger Severson
Chris Avila vs. Brandon Faumui
Chuck Campbell vs. Bruno Casillas

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Damon Smith

I am the new writer for combat sports such as UFC, Bellator, Boxing and WWE here with MSB. I have been involved in pro wrestling on the Indie circuit for over 20 years as Devin Storm. Owner of Rampage All-Star Wrestling and talent manager and announcer for a few other promotions. An avid sports fan born and raised in Texas. I am married to my beautiful wife Jodi and have two sons Dustin and Dalton. Life long passion for Pro Wrestling and love MMA so getting this gig was amazing for me. You can expect not only WWE and UFC news but also some gems from other promotions in these two sports. So buckle up buttercup it's gonna be a wild ride. Follow me on twitter at @damonsmith34 and @MSBFightClub

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