After Bellator 180 kicks things off on Spike TV, Bellator MMA returns to PPV with Bellator NYC: Silva vs. Sonnen.

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva square off in a grudge match in the main event of Bellator NYC, the promotion’s second PPV. In the co-main event, heavyweight GOAT Fedor Emelianenko meets Matt Mitrione in a fight that could either launch the Russian legend back to stardom, or signal the end of his illustrious career.

We’ve got our staff picks in below! Be sure to check out our Bellator NYC preview as well.

Staff WriterAaron Pico vs. Zach FreemanDouglas Lima (c) vs. Lorenz LarkinMichael Chandler (c) vs. Brent PrimusFedor Emelianenko vs. Matt MitrioneChael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
Jay Anderson (17-9)
Dan Doherty (13-7)
Mike McClory (11-9)
Heath Harshman (18-8)
Harry Davies (16-8)
Eddie Law (15-11)
Paarth Pande (12-8)

It should come as no surprise that highly touted prospect Aaron Pico has been selected as a lock to win; he turned out to be a unanimous pick with all our writers this week. Cageside Press staff were also heavily in favor of debuting welterweight Lorenz Larkin, with only a single staff member selecting incumbent champ Douglas Lima to win.

On the flip side, all but one writer tabbed reigning lightweight champion Michael Chandler to win.

In the co-main event, only one writer sees Fedor Emelianenko returning to glory. The biggest division came with the main event, where four of seven writers sided with Chael Sonnen, while three see the fight going in favor of Wanderlei Silva, who has been out of action the past four years.

Be sure to check back tonight for full coverage of the event!


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