Bellator 285 predictions: There’s one fight we’re not unanimous on in Dublin

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Henderson
vs.
Queally

Manhoef
vs.
Romero

McCourt
vs.
Silva

Burnell
vs.
Carvalho

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
147-90

henderson2022


Henderson
(68%)

romero2022


Romero
(87%)

mccourt2022


McCourt
(87%)

burnell2022


Burnell
(82%)

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
162-86

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2018 Champion

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

mccourt2022


McCourt

burnell2022


Burnell

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
158-90

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

mccourt2022


McCourt

burnell2022


Burnell

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohn
156-92

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2014 Champion

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

mccourt2022


McCourt

burnell2022


Burnell

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
154-94

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

mccourt2022


McCourt

burnell2022


Burnell

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
153-95

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

mccourt2022


McCourt

burnell2022


Burnell

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
152-96

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

mccourt2022


McCourt

burnell2022


Burnell

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
152-96

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

mccourt2022


McCourt

burnell2022


Burnell

Nolan King
@mma_kings
146-102

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

silva2022


Silva

burnell2022


Burnell

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
145-103

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2017 Champion

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

silva2022


Silva

burnell2022


Burnell

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
135-113

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

mccourt2022


McCourt

burnell2022


Burnell

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
121-126

henderson2022


Henderson

romero2022


Romero

silva2022


Silva

burnell2022


Burnell

(Editor’s note: The fight between Ciaran Clarke and late opponent Rafael Hudson was added too late for our staff picks deadline.)

Bellator returns to Ireland this week with a former title challenger at the top the card.

Bellator 285 takes place Friday at 3Arena in Dublin. 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 UFC lightweight champion and two-time Bellator title challenger (at lightweight and welterweight) Benson Henderson (29-11 MMA, 6-6 BMMA) takes on Peter Queally (13-6-1 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in a lightweight bout. Henderson is more than a 2-1 favorite at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Queally is +160. Our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers have Henderson as one of three unanimous picks at 11-0.

The co-main event is a light heavyweight bout between former Bellator middleweight title challenger Melvin Manhoef (32-15-1 MMA, 4-4 BMMA) and former UFC title challenger Yoel Romero (14-6 MMA, 1-1 BMMA). Romero is a massive -800 favorite and, not surprisingly, is one of our three unanimous picks.

Also on the main card is the only contentious fight among our pickers at women’s featherweight between Leah McCourt (6-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) vs. Dayana Silva (10-7 MMA, 1-2 BMMA). Although Silva is a -140 favorite at the betting window, It’s McCourt who has a big 8-3 lead in the picks.

And former Cage Warriors featherweight champ Mads Burnell (16-4 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) will try to get back on track against former title challenger Pedro Carvalho (12-6 MMA, 5-3 BMMA). Burnell nearly is a 5-1 favorite and our third unanimous pick.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Henderson (68 percent), Romero (87 percent), McCourt (87 percent) and Burnell (82 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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