The Lightweight belt is at stake, plus a Welterweight Grand Prix semifinal also headlines Saturday’s card in Chicago.
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Here’s hoping you have enough wings to get you through both cards this Saturday. Bellator 221, originating from Chicago’s Allstate Arena, will feature what looks to be a great co-main and main event pair.
In the co-main event, the first semifinal in the Bellator MMA Welterweight Grand Prix will take place between 30-7 Douglas Lima and 14-0 Michael Page. This semifinal bout will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
The winner will meet the winner of the second semifinal between Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) and Neiman Gracie (9-0) for the tournament final.
MacDonald vs. Gracie will take place on June 14 during Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The main event will see a Lightweight championship bout matching incumbent Bellator Lightweight champion Michael Chandler (18-4) with incumbent Bellator Featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull (28-4.)
Main card action in Chicago begins at 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT on DAZN after the undercard at 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT on DAZN and the Bellator mobile app.
Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal #1: Douglas Lima vs. Michael
Heading into the semifinal contest, Michael Page is the taller contestant, standing at 6-foot-3, two inches taller than Douglas Lima’s 6-foot-1 frame. Lima has posted a 4-1 record in his last five Bellator MMA appearances, most recently winning by third- round submission vs. Andrey Koreshkov on Sept. 29 in the first match of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix’s quarterfinals during Bellator 206.
In the other corner, Michael Page has gone undefeated throughout his professional MMA career, most recently scoring a decision victory vs. Paul Daley in Bellator 216 on Feb. 16.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Michael Page has a six-inch reach advantage (77 inches to 71 inches) over Douglas Lima heading into the fight.
Prediction: Michael Page by first-round KO.
Lightweight Championship: Michael Chandler vs. Patricio Pitbull
Heading into the main event, Michael Chandler is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-8, three inches taller than Patricio Pitbull’s 5-foot-5 frame.
Chandler has posted a 4-1 mark in his last five fights, most recently scoring a decision win against Brent Primus in Bellator Salutes the Troops on Dec. 14 in Honolulu.
In the other corner, Pitbull has likewise gone 4-1 in his last five appearances. Last time out, he scored a unanimous decision victory against Emmanuel Sanchez during the Nov. 15 Bellator 209 card in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Michael Chandler has a four-inch reach advantage (69 inches to 65 inches) heading into this fight.
Prediction: Pitbull by second-round KO.
Three other fights make up Saturday night’s main card
AJ McKee (13-0) vs. Pat Curran (23-7) [Featherweight]
Jake Hager (1-0) vs. TJ Jones (1-1) [Heavyweight]
Ty-wan Claxton (4-0) vs. James Bennett (4-1) [Featherweight]
Bellator 221 at a Glance
Prelims: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT, DAZN and Bellator app
Main Card: Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT, DAZN
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