Bellator 263 Picks and Best Bets: Bellator 263 goes down Saturday, July 31st, from the Forum in Inglewood, California. The event is headlined by the finals of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix, as Patricio Pitbull takes on the undefeated AJ McKee.
It’s a chance at history for both Patricio Pitbull and AJ McKee at Bellator 263 Coming into the bout, Pitbull holds the record for most title fight wins under Bellator with 10, while McKee has the most consecutive wins in Bellator history with (17)
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Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee
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Since becoming a main card fighter back in 2017, AJ McKee has gone 11-0, with 7 of his 11 wins coming by way of stoppage. A $100 bettor who has backed McKee on the ‘Inside the Distance’ prop in that stretch has gone 7-4 for +$395 profit.
Patricio Pitbull has won 10 of his last 12 Bellator appearances, with 7 of his last 10 wins coming by way of stoppage. Pitbull has gone ‘Under’ the betting total in 7 of his last 12 Bellator appearances, dating back to 2015.
Chris Gonzalez vs. Goiti Yamauchi Bellator 263 Picks
A lightweight bout kicks off the main card as Chris Gonzalez takes on the Brazillian Goiti Yamauchi. Gonzalez is 6-0 as a professional with four of his six wins coming by way of decision. He takes on the jiujitsu specialist Yamauchi, who is 11-4 in Bellator, with five of his last six wins coming by way of submission. Gonzalez is a wrestle-heavy fighter, but will need to keep this fight off the mat to avoid the dangerous ground game of Yamauchi. If Gonzalez can keep the fight standing, he should have the advantage as far as overall hitting power goes.
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Islam Mamedov vs. Brent Primus Bellator 263 Picks
The former Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus makes his return to the Octagon against rising Russian MMA star Islam Mamedov. Mamedov makes his Bellator debut on Saturday against Primus. The 19-1-1 Dagestani fighting out of New Jersey is undefeated across his time between the World Series of Fighting, PFL, and UAE Warriors promotions. The only recent resemblance of a blemish on his record is a majority draw to Loik Radzhabov back at PFL 8 in 2019. Mamedov has won by decision in five of his last nine professional fights dating back to 2019, he comes in as the betting favorite against the former lightweight champion Primus. Primus is 8-1 in Bellator with his only loss coming in the rematch to Michael Chandler. Primus is 5-1 over the last six years of competition, with three of his last five wins coming by way of stoppage.
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Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Manny Muro Bellator 263 Picks
Usman Nurmagomedov tops off the field of numerous Dagestani fighters on the Bellator 263 card. Nurmagomedov is 12-0 as a professional at just 23 years of age, and is coming off a successful decision win in his Bellator debut back in April. He takes on the surging MMA veteran Manny Muro, who is 12-6 as a professional but is coming off back to back upset wins under the Bellator banner since being brought back to the promotion in 2019 as a short-notice replacement. Muro’s wrestling is probably not going to be enough to keep the young Nurmagomedov at bay. However, if the fight stays standing, Muro is an incredibly tough fighter and can likely last a full 15-minutes in the cage with the Russian prospect. Muro has not much more than a puncher’s chance in this fight, but as a +850 underdog you can’t go wrong backing the grizzled veteran in this spot, even if the Russian wins more times than not.
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Mads Burnell Bellator 263 Picks
Emmanuel Sanchez is coming off the first stoppage loss in his career to Pitbull and will be looking to bounce back with a vengeance against Burnell. The 27-year-old Dane Burnell looks to be on a career resurgence, putting together a six-fight winning streak after being cut by the UFC back in 2018. The former Cage Warriors featherweight champion has won seven of his last nine professional fights, with five of his last seven wins coming by way of stoppage. It’s a match-up that is a sure-fire lock to bring fireworks, and almost certainly won’t go the distance.
Bellator 263 Best Bets
Bellator 263 Free Picks
|2% (0.8u)||Emmanuel Sanchez (to Win Fight)||+130||WilliamHill|
|1.6% (0.64u)||Nurmagomedov/Muro (Fight Goes Distance)||+170||5Dimes|
|1.5% (0.6u)||Chris Gonzalez (to Win Fight)||+135||WilliamHill|
|1% (0.4u)||Manny Muro (to Win Fight)||+850||DraftKings|
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