Bellator 224 predictions: Two unanimous picks and two blowouts in Oklahoma

Budd
vs.
Rubin
Carvalho
vs.
Njokuani
Velasquez
vs.
Williams
Kunimoto
vs.
Ruth
MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2019: 118-58 (67%)
budd2019
Budd
(71%)
carvalho2019
Carvalho
(77%)
velasquez2019
Velasquez
(70%)
ruth2019
Ruth
(86%)
Nolan King
@mma_kings
2019: 23-6 (79%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Simon Head
@simonhead
2019: 25-9 (74%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2019: 120-56 (68%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2019: 118-58 (67%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2019: 116-60 (66%)
trophy copy 2017 Champion
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2019: 15-8 (65%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2019: 115-61 (65%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2019: 113-63 (64%)
trophy copy 2014 Champion
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2019: 112-64 (64%)
trophy copy 2018 Champion
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Steven Marrocco
@MMAjunkieSteven
2019: 111-65 (63%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2019: 107-69 (61%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2019: 107-69 (61%)
budd2019
Budd
njokuani2019
Njokuani
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth
Dave Doyle
@davedoylemma
2019: 50-35 (59%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
williams2019
Williams
ruth2019
Ruth
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2019: 103-73 (59%)
budd2019
Budd
carvalho2019
Carvalho
velasquez2019
Velasquez
ruth2019
Ruth

Bellator is back in Oklahoma this week, and a title fight headlines the card.

Bellator 224 takes place Friday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMA Junkie.

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

In the main event, women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd (12-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) puts her title on the line against unbeaten challenger Olga Rubin (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA). Budd is fighting in Thackerville for the fourth straight time and fifth time in six fights – all her title bouts have come at WinStar World casino. Budd is more than a 3-1 favorite with the oddsmakers, and all of our 14 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are picking her to retain her belt.

In the co-feature, Rafael Carvalho (15-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) takes on Chidi Njokuani (18-6 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a middleweight bout. The oddsmakers have it as the closest bout on the main card with former champ Carvalho just a slight favorite. But 13 of our 14 pickers are taking him to win.

The unbeaten Juliana Velasquez (8-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) meets Kristina Williams (3-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) in a women’s flyweight bout that may determine the next challenger for champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. Velasquez is a -250 favorite and she’s got a huge 13-1 lead in the picks.

And to open the main card, former UFC fighter Kiichi Kunimoto (20-7-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut in a welterweight fight against Ed Ruth (6-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA). Ruth, looking to rebound from the first loss of his career, is the biggest favorite on the card at more than 6-1, and he’s our other unanimous pick.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Budd (71 percent), Carvalho (77 percent), Velasquez (70 percent) and Ruth (86 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on Bellator 224, check out the MMA Schedule.

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