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Bellator 198 staff picks: How many are picking Fedor to top Frank Mir?

Emelianenko
vs.
Mir
Sanchez
vs.
Sicilia
Gracie
vs.
Torres
Harris
vs.
Lovato Jr.
Danis
vs.
Walker
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2018: 43-27
emelianenko2018
Emelianenko
(56%)
esanchez2018
Sanchez
(63%)
ngracie2018
Gracie
(86%)
lovato2018
Lovato
(54%)
danis2018
Danis
(72%)
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2018: 47-23
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2018: 45-25
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Steven Marrocco
@MMAjunkieSteven
2018: 44-26
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2018: 43-27
mir2018
Mir
sicilia2018
Sicilia
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2018: 42-28
trophy copy2014 Champion
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Ben Fowlkes
@BenFowlkesMMA
2018: 41-29
trophy copy2016 Champion
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2018: 41-29
trophy copy2015 Champion
emelianenko2018
Emelianenko
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Trent Reinsmith
@TrentReinsmith
2018: 41-29
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2018: 40-30
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Fernanda Prates
@nandaprates_
2018: 39-31
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2018: 38-32
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2018: 37-33
trophy copy2017 Champion
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
harris2018
Harris
danis2018
Danis
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2018: 37-33
mir2018
Mir
esanchez2018
Sanchez
ngracie2018
Gracie
harris2018
Harris
danis2018
Danis
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2018: 36-34
emelianenko2018
Emelianenko
sicilia2018
Sicilia
ngracie2018
Gracie
lovato2018
Lovato
danis2018
Danis

(This story was originally published on April 27, 2018.)

Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix continues this week with its third opening-round matchup, and it’s between a pair of legends.

Bellator 198 takes place Saturday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fight in the opening round of the heavyweight tournament. Mir is just a slight betting favorite at -145, and is returning after a layoff of more than two years for his Bellator debut. But he’s got 12 votes from our 14 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

In the co-feature, Emmanuel Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) meets 12-fight UFC veteran Sam Sicilia (16-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in a key featherweight fight. Only a pair of our 14 pickers are taking Sicilia to win in an upset.

Also on the main card, Neiman Gracie (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is a unanimous pick in his welterweight bout against Javier Torres (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), and is the biggest favorite on the card at 12-1. Dillon Danis (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is a 10-1 favorite in his MMA debut against Kyle Walker (2-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a 175-pound catchweight fight, and he’s a unanimous choice, as well.

Gerald Harris (23-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) came out of retirement for a short-notice middleweight fight against Rafael Lovato Jr. (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) on just a few days’ notice when John Salter pulled out. But it’s the favored Lovato who is a 12-2 pick.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Emelianenko, Sanchez, Gracie, Lovato Jr. and Danis are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on Bellator 198, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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