Bellator 256 predictions: Ryan Bader or Lyoto Machida in tournament rematch?

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Matt Erickson
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Bader
vs.
Machida

Carmouche
vs.
Porto

Borics
vs.
Kennedy

Parker
vs.
Zingano

Moret
vs.
Yamauchi

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 31-26

bader2021


Bader
(64%)

carmouche2021


Carmouche
(69%)

borics2021


Borics
(72%)

zingano2021


Zingano
(90%)

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi
(88%)

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 35-22

trophy copy

2020 Champion

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 35-22

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 34-23

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 34-23

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 34-23

trophy copy

2018 Champion

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 34-23

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 33-24

trophy copy

2017 Champion

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 32-25

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 32-25

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 29-28

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 29-28

trophy copy

2014 Champion

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 27-30

bader2021


Bader

carmouche2021


Carmouche

borics2021


Borics

zingano2021


Zingano

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi

BetMGM
Betting Favorites

bader2021


Bader -300

carmouche2021


Carmouche -185

kennedy2021


Kennedy -125

zingano2021


Zingano -800

yamauchi2021


Yamauchi -400

Bellator keeps its 2021 rolling Friday, and a former light heavyweight champion will try to get back on track at the top of the bill.

Bellator 256 takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.

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

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion and current heavyweight champ Ryan Bader (27-6 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) takes on Lyoto Machida (26-10 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in the opening round of Bellator’s 205-pound tournament. The two first fought in the UFC nearly nine years ago, and Machida won by knockout. This time, Bader is a -300 favorite at BetMGM in the rematch, and our 12 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts are taking him unanimously – one of three 12-0 nods on the main card.

In the co-feature, former UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche (14-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is a -185 favorite against former Invicta FC women’s flyweight Vanessa Porto (22-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), and Carmouche is a near-unanimous pick on the main card at 11-1 from our staff members.

Also on the main card, our only truly contentious fight from a picks standpoint takes place at lightweight with Adam Borics (16-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) just a -125 favorite against Jeremy Kennedy (16-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Borics has a slim 7-5 picks lead.

Our second unanimous nod is former UFC title challenger Cat Zingano (11-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who is a huge -800 favorite against promotional newcomer Olivia Parker (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a women’s featherweight bout. Zingano, not surprisingly given the odds, is a 12-0 pick.

And to open the main card, our third 12-0 unanimous pick is Goiti Yamauchi (25-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) in a lightweight bout against Dan Moret (14-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Yamauchi is a -400 betting favorite.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Bader (64 percent), Carmouche (69 percent), Borics (72 percent), Zingano (90 percent) and Yamauchi (88 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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