Emelianenko
vs.
Johnson
Minakov
vs.
Sowma
Nurmagomedov
vs.
Pietila
Davlatmurodov
vs.
Tokov

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 167-97

Emelianenko
(66%)

Minakov
(91%)

Nurmagomedov
(92%)

Tokov
(83%)

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 172-92

Johnson

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 166-98

Emelianenko

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 164-100

Johnson

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 161-103
2020 Champion

Johnson

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 160-104
2018 Champion

Emelianenko

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 160-104

Emelianenko

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 159-105
2014 Champion

Emelianenko

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 155-109
2017 Champion

Johnson

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 154-110

Johnson

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 153-111

Emelianenko

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 151-113

Johnson

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 150-115

Emelianenko

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
2021: 90-58

Emelianenko

Minakov

Nurmagomedov

Tokov

Bellator makes its debut in Russia this week with arguably the most famous Russian fighter of all time at the top of the bill.

Bellator 269 takes place Saturday at VTB Arena in Moscow. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.

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

In the main event, Fedor Emelianenko (39-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) fights in his home country for the first time in more than five years when he takes on Tim Johnson (15-7 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) at heavyweight. Johnson, fighting in hostile territory, is a -160 favorite at Tipico; the comeback on Emelianenko is +125. But it’s Emelianenko who has a 7-6 lead in the picks from our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers at 13-0.

In the co-feature, Vitaly Minakov (22-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) is a big -320 favorite at heavyweight against Said Sowma (7-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA). He’s one of three unanimous picks from our staff members on the main card.

Also on the main card, Usman Nurmagomedov (13-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) will try to keep his unbeaten record intact against Patrik Pietila (11-8 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a 160-pound contract weight fight. Nurmagomedov is a massive -3000 favorite, and not surprisingly he’s a unanimous pick.

And to open the main card, Anatoly Tokov (29-3 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is a huge -750 favorite at middleweight against Sharaf Davlatmurodov (18-3-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and is our third unanimous choice.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Emelianenko (66 percent), Minakov (91 percent), Nurmagomedov (92 percent) and Tokov (83 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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