Bellator 268 takes place Saturday at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The main card airs on Showtime after preliminaries on MMA Junkie.
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In the main event, light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov (14-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) puts his title on the line against Julius Anglickas (10-1 MMA, 3-0 BMMA). The bout is also one of the tournament’s two semi-finals. Nemkov is a -600 favorite at Tipico; the return on Anglickas is +400. Unsurprisingly, Nemkov is our only unanimous choice among our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers at 13-0.
In the co-feature, former light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (28-6 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) takes on Corey Anderson (15-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the other semi-final of the tournament. Anderson is a -200 favorite, but it’s Bader with the smallest possible choice advantage at 7-6.
Also on the main card, former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (28-10 MMA, 5-5 BMMA) meets former Bellator champion Brent Primus (10-2 MMA, 8-2 BMMA). Henderson is a -130 favorite and has a small 8-5 lead in picks.
And to open the main card, Henry Corrales (18-6 MMA, 6-6 BMMA) faces Vladyslav Parubchenko (16-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at the featherweight. Corrales is a -150 favorite, but it’s Parubchenko with a big 11-2 lead in our staff picks.
In the consensus choices of MMA readers Junkie, Nemkov (81%), Bader (64%), Primus (55%) and Corrales (53%) are the choices.
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