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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for Bellator NYC at Madison Square Garden

We want your predictions for this week’s Bellator NYC event in New York City.

In late 2015, we expanded upon our traditional staff picks to include the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the Bellator NYC staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. Bellator NYC takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 portion on Spike and MMAjunkie.

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Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva

Records: Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA)
Past five: Sonnen 1-4, Silva 3-2
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione

Records: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA)
Past five: Emelianenko 5-0, Mitrione 3-2
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Mitrione No. 14

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Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin

Records: Douglas Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA), Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA)
Past five: Lima 4-1, Larkin 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Larkin No. 8, Lima No. 12

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Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus

Records: Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA), Brent Primus (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA)
Past five: Chandler 4-1, Primus 5-0
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Chandler No. 11

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Aaron Pico vs. Zach Freeman

Records: Aaron Pico (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), Zach Freeman (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA)
Past five: Pico 0-0, Freeman 3-2
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None

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Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader

Records: Phil Davis (17-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA)
Past five: Davis 4-1, Bader 4-1
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Davis No. 3, Bader No. 4

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For more on Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator NYC's Matt Mitrione hopes for 'awesome, badass' Emelianenko after camp do-over

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Faced with the less-than-ideal task of preparing twice in a row for the same opponent, Matt Mitrione is trying to focus on the bright side.

Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) was supposed to meet heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in the headlining scrap of Bellator 172 in February. Hours before the event, however, kidney stones forced Mitrione out of the bout. In spite of multiple candidates offering to step up, Emelianenko’s highly awaited Bellator debut was put on hold.

The heavyweight scrap ended up getting rebooked, now set to take place at Bellator NYC at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 24. A highly respectful Mitrione is thankful to Emelianenko for taking it. But he also understands the scenario isn’t exactly ideal for either.

“Unfortunately for Fedor and for myself, we had to go through two camps for the same person,” Mitrione said during a conference call with the media today. “That kind of sucks – especially without having a payoff, at least having to get the fight before having to go through another one and running back for a second fight.”

The situation, Mitrione says, required some adjustments to keep the do-over camp interesting. But now, feeling “fantastic” and seemingly fully healed from the painful stones, he tries to focus on the ways that both fighters may have benefitted from the extra time to prepare.

“I might be a little more prepared for the ground stuff,” Mitrione said. “As far as armbar defense, rear-naked defense, kimura defense, takedown defense – I feel like I was pretty solid there already, as far as takedown defense. But we worked a lot of defensive grappling. You always come up with something new. A new kind of counter, a new kind of work, a new kind of angle to work on. You kind of have to.

“You kind of have to create something in order to keep it interesting, keep it fresh. And I remember before – it might have been hype or not, I don’t know – but I remember hearing before that Fedor was busy with his life and didn’t get a chance to get much training in, only got a month in. So hopefully now, Fedor is back to being awesome, badass Fedor that he’s always been.”

The heavyweight affair will serve as Bellator NYC’s co-headliner, with veterans Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva clashing on the main event. It will be the promotion’s second pay-per-view event.

Ranked No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, UFC vet Mitrione comes off back-to-back knockout wins in his first two Bellator fights. Emelianenko, considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, rides a five-win run.

Keeping his respectful attitude  toward Emelianenko, Mitrione took the time to thank him for a vote of confidence given earlier, when the PRIDE legend was asked whether a contingency plan was in place should Mitrione face health issues again.

“By the way: I really appreciate Fedor’s response to a question asked earlier about, ‘Has Bellator approached you about another set-up in case this happens again?,’” Mitrione said. “And his response was, ‘No, this fight is going to happen. We’re going to make it work.’ It just shows why he’s the greatest of all time.

“He’s humble, he’s got incredible answers to questions and he’s about as genuine as they get in this game. Thanks a lot. I really appreciate the confidence in that and I’m glad we can finally get this thing going.”

For more more on Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

'Countdown to Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva' full special, also featuring Fedor and Mitrione

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Bellator will host just its second pay-per-view on June 24 when Bellator NYC takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the promotion has released a “Countdown to Bellator NYC” special to promote the event.

In the headliner, Chael Sonnen (29-14-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will settle their longstanding feud that dates back to their UFC days on the “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3,” which resulted in one of the most serious physical clashes between opposing coaches in the show’s history.

And in the co-main event, legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will make his promotional debut when he takes on knockout artist Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in a rescheduling of their previous bout that fell through earlier this year.

“Countdown to Bellator NYC” goes behind the scenes and inside the lives of all four fighters as they prepare for what Bellator President Scott Coker is calling “the biggest event in the history of this company.”

Check out the full special above.

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