Pettis
vs.
Horiguchi
Kennedy
vs.
Sanchez
Hill
vs.
Scoggins
Eblen
vs.
Huckbody

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 200-109

Horiguchi
(68%)

Sanchez
(81%)

Scoggins
(56%)

Eblen
(86%)

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 203-106

Horiguchi

Sanchez

Hill

Eblen

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 197-112

Horiguchi

Kennedy

Hill

Eblen

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 193-116
2014 Champion

Horiguchi

Sanchez

Hill

Eblen

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 192-117

Pettis

Sanchez

Hill

Eblen

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 191-118

Horiguchi

Kennedy

Hill

Eblen

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 190-119
2020 Champion

Horiguchi

Sanchez

Hill

Eblen

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 186-123

Horiguchi

Sanchez

Hill

Eblen

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 184-125
2018 Champion

Horiguchi

Sanchez

Scoggins

Eblen

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 180-129

Horiguchi

Kennedy

Hill

Eblen

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 179-130
2017 Champion

Horiguchi

Sanchez

Scoggins

Eblen

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 179-130

Pettis

Kennedy

Scoggins

Eblen

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 178-131

Horiguchi

Sanchez

Hill

Eblen

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
2021: 120-73

Horiguchi

Sanchez

Scoggins

Eblen

Bellator returns to Connecticut this week with the flyweight title on the line.

Bellator 272 takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. 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, flyweight champion Sergio Pettis (21-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) puts his title up for the first time when he meets former champ Kyoji Horiguchi (29-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Horiguchi is a -180 favorite at Tipico; the comeback on Pettis is +140. Only two of our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are picking Pettis to defend his belt.

In the co-feature, Jeremy Kennedy (16-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) takes on former featherweight title challenger Emmanuel Sanchez (20-6 MMA, 12-5 BMMA). Sanchez is a -210 favorite and has a 9-4 lead in our picks.

Also on the main card, Josh Hill (20-4 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) meets Jared Scoggins (10-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a bantamweight bout that is a virtual pick’em at the betting window. But our staff members have it a little more decisive at 9-4 for Hill.

And to open the main card, Johnny Eblen (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is a massive 11-1 favorite against Collin Huckbody (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Not surprisingly, he’s a unanimous pick from our pickers.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Horiguchi (68 percent), Sanchez (81 percent), Scoggins (56 percent) and Eblen (86 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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