Bellator 260 Preview: Douglas Lima – Yaroslav Amosov

Tomorrow night in the headliner of Bellator 260, the welterweight title is on the line. Welterweight champion Douglas Lima (32-8) is back to defend his title against the undefeated top contender Yaroslav Amosov (25-0).

Lima is actually looking to bounce back after his last performance. The welterweight champion moved up to middleweight last October at Bellator 250 to challenge the middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi.

While Lima had his moments in that fight, he lost by unanimous decision. That loss snapped the three-fight win streak that Lima was on that led him to the Bellator welterweight championship. His last fight at welterweight came at Bellator 232 when he defeated Rory MacDonald.

Standing across from Lima tomorrow night is Yaroslav Amosov. Amosov has obviously been perfect for his entire professional career, but he’s really stood out since joining Bellator back in 2018.

Since making his debut with the promotion, Amosov has gone an impressive 6-0. In his last fight at Bellator 252 in November, Amosov took on the tough Logan Storley. It was a grueling back-and-forth fight, but ultimately Amosov walked away with a split decision and a welterweight title shot.

Bellator 260 Prediction

I’m so intrigued by this Bellator 260 main event and I’m expecting a very competitive fight. For Amosov, it’s really no secret as to what he’s going to do. I’m looking for Amosov to immediately pressure Lima when the fight starts.

If Amosov is going to become welterweight champion tomorrow night, it’s going to be through his grappling and activity. In Douglas Lima’s last fight, he was a bit too passive and it allowed Gegard Mousasi to get way out ahead on the scorecards.

If Lima wants to keep his title tomorrow night, he’s going to have to engage with Amosov. One big concern I have about Amosov is his cardio. We saw him completely exhausted at the end of his fight with Storley at Bellator 252.

That was only a three-round fight and if he gets that tired again, I think he’s going to be in massive trouble. I think the first half of this fight is going to favor Amosov, but I think Lima comes on strong late. My prediction is that Amosov will get too tired and Lima was score a championship round TKO to retain his Bellator crown.

Prediction: Douglas Lima by TKO – Round 4

Aaron Pico looks to continue his rise to the top at Bellator 260

Tomorrow night on the main card of Bellator 260, Aaron Pico (7-3) will be making the walk for the 11th time in his professional career. Standing in his way is going to be the tough Aiden Lee (9-4).

Pico comes into the bout as Bellator‘s sixth ranked featherweight while Aiden Lee is just outside the top ten. Aaron Pico will be looking to pick up his fourth consecutive win which would match his longest winning streak of his career.

The last time we saw Pico was at Bellator 252 when he flatlined John de Jesus with a massive overhand right. It seems crazy that we are still only four years into the professional career of Aaron Pico and he’s still only 24 years old.

Bellator signed Pico before he had any professional fighting experience. Pico had been labeled as the future of MMA given his Olympic-Caliber wrestling and his skills in boxing. The promotion rushed him right in against Zach Freeman at Bellator 180 and Pico promptly lost in 24 seconds.

It was a serious back to reality moment for the top prospect. However, Pico would bounce back and win four straight before suffering back-to-back knockout losses. Those losses changed the career of Aaron Pico and made him reevaluate the way he was fighting in Bellator.

Bellator 260

Pico switched to training at Jackson-Wink full time and he changed the way he was fighting. In his losses, Pico was easily drawn into wars and seemed to fall in love with his boxing. Keep in mind, his top skill is his wrestling.

Over this three-fight win streak, Pico has gone back to his routes. He’s mixed in his wrestling which makes his hands look even better. The results have been three straight finishes and Pico is only a win or two away from challenging for a Bellator title.

Tomorrow night isn’t going to be easy for Pico. Aiden Lee has won back-to-back fights in Bellator after dropping his debut with the promotion. In nine professional wins, Lee has submitted five opponents and knocked out two.

This is going to be another tough test for Pico, but it’s one that I believe he will pass. I think the combination of speed, power, athleticism, and technique will win out here. Win or lose, Pico has never gone the distance and I don’t expect that trend to break at Bellator 260.

Prediction: Aaron Pico by TKO – Round 2