Bellator 293 predictions: What are our two down-the-middle picks in Cali?
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Bellator is back in Southern California this week with a heavyweight tilt at the top of the lineup.
Bellator 293 takes place Friday at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
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Photos: Bellator 293 official weigh-ins
Bellator 293 weigh-in results: One main card bout canceled but all others on weight
Video: Watch Friday's Bellator 293 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMA Junkie at 4 p.m. ET
In the main event, Marcelo Golm (10-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) takes on Daniel James (14-6-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) at heavyweight. Golm is a -150 favorite at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on James is +120. Our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are divided and have Golm with the slimmest possible lead at 6-5 in the picks.
In the co-feature, Leah McCourt (7-2 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) meets former UFC title challenger Cat Zingano (13-4 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) in a women’s featherweight bout that could determine the next title challenger. Zingano is the biggest favorite on the main card at -450, but she doesn’t have a shutout. One of our pickers is taking McCourt in an upset.
Also on the main card, Aaron Jeffery (13-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) takes on former middleweight title challenger John Salter (18-6 MMA, 8-3 BMMA). Jeffery is a -420 favorite, but he has just a narrow 6-5 lead in the picks from our staff members.
Our first of two unanimous picks is Archie Colgan (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), who nearly is a 3-1 favorite in his lightweight bout against Justin Montalvo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). Their fight was elevated to the main card Friday.
And to open the main card, Sullivan Cauley (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is our second unanimous pick in his light heavyweight bout against Luke Trainer (6-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA). Cauley is a 2-1 favorite at the betting window.
In the MMA Junkie consensus picks, James (52 percent), Zingano (72 percent), Jeffery (65 percent), Colgan (77 percent) and Cauley (72 percent) are the choices.
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