Bellator 259 ‘Cyborg vs. Smith 2’: Preston’s Precise Picks+Best Bet

Tonight we have a stacked Bellator 259 card! Todays’ best bet focuses on what I believe will be the most intriguing fight on the Bellator 259 card.

The Line: Jaleel Willis (-122) vs. Maycon Mendonca (+100)

There is a lot of unknowns about both fighters so I do my best to fill in the blanks for you. Jaleel Willis is 14-2 in his Mixed Martial Arts career. Willis trains out of Memphis Judo & Jiu Jitsu. Entering this fight on a 5-fight winning streak while finishing 36% of his fights by KO/TKO.

Maycon Mendonca bolsters an 11-4 MMA record. Mendonca enter this fight on an equally impressive 5-fight winning streak. Mendonca trains out of the phenomenal Black House Association. Something noteworthy about Mendoza is his current winning streak has come after a 3-fight losing streak where he was finished by KO/TKO twice.

Both of these fighters have seen the judges scoredcards in over 50% of their fights. Mendonca has a slight height and standing reach advantage over Willis. Not enough that Willis would have a hard time to overcome. Mendonca won the LFA Welterweight Belt at the end of 2020.

Willis wants to make this fight dirty and close the distance against Mendonca to utilize his striking. Mendonca is well-rounded in the ground game but a submission won’t come easy as Willis has a background in Jiu Jitsu as well. This will be a bump up in competition for both fighters.

Preston’s Best Bet: Jaleel Willis ML (-122)

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