Do we choose Nemkov to keep his title? – .

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Do we choose Nemkov to keep his title? – .


Bellator is back in the United States this week with the continuation of their light heavyweight tournament.

Bellator 268 takes place Saturday at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The main card airs on Showtime after preliminaries on MMA Junkie.

(Click here to open a PDF of the Staff Selection Grid in a separate window.)

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.

Check out all of the choices above.

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