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Budd
vs.
Cyborg
Borics
vs.
Caldwell
Archuleta
vs.
Corrales
Khashakyan
vs.
Pettis
Daniels
vs.
J. King
E. King
vs.
Knight
MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2020: 3-1
cyborg2020
Cyborg
(57%)
borics2020
Borics
(55%)
archuleta2020
Archuleta
(79%)
pettis2020-1
Pettis
(82%)
daniels2020
Daniels
(62%)
knight2020
Knight
(71%)
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2020: 4-0
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cyborg2020
Cyborg
borics2020
Borics
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2020: 4-0
cyborg2020
Cyborg
borics2020
Borics
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Simon Head
@simonhead
2020: 3-1
trophy copy2019 Champion*
cyborg2020
Cyborg
borics2020
Borics
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Nolan King
@mma_kings
2020: 3-1
cyborg2020
Cyborg
caldwell2020
Caldwell
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2020: 3-1
cyborg2020
Cyborg
borics2020
Borics
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2020: 3-1
cyborg2020
Cyborg
borics2020
Borics
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2020: 3-1
cyborg2020
Cyborg
caldwell2020
Caldwell
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2020: 3-1
trophy copy2014 Champion
cyborg2020
Cyborg
caldwell2020
Caldwell
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2020: 3-1
cyborg2020
Cyborg
borics2020
Borics
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Dave Doyle
@davedoylemma
2020: 3-1
cyborg2020
Cyborg
caldwell2020
Caldwell
corrales2020
Corrales
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2020: 3-1
cyborg2020
Cyborg
borics2020
Borics
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2020: 2-2
trophy copy2018 Champion
cyborg2020
Cyborg
borics2020
Borics
archuleta2020
Archuleta
khashakyan2020
Khashakyan
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2020: 2-2
cyborg2020
Cyborg
caldwell2020
Caldwell
corrales2020
Corrales
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2020: 2-2
budd2020
Budd
caldwell2020
Caldwell
archuleta2020
Archuleta
pettis2020-1
Pettis
daniels2020
Daniels
knight2020
Knight

Bellator’s first event of the new year goes down Saturday, and a dominant champion puts her title on the line against a legend.

Bellator 238 takes place Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The main card streams on DAZN 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 (13-2 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) defends her belt against Cris Cyborg (21-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a former UFC and Strikeforce champ who is making her Bellator debut. Cyborg, regarded by many as the greatest women’s fighter in history, is a 4-1 favorite from the oddsmakers, and she’s nearly a unanimous pick from our 14 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers. Only one picker is taking Budd to retain her title in an upset.

In the co-main event, Adam Borics (14-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) meets Darrion Caldwell (13-3 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) in a quarterfinal fight in Bellator’s ongoing featherweight tournament. The fight nearly is a pick’em from the oddsmakers, and it’s close with our pickers, as well. Borics has just an 8-6 lead.

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In another featherweight fight, Juan Archuleta (23-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) is more than a 2-1 favorite against Henry Corrales (17-4 MMA, 5-4 BMMA). Both fighters are looking to rebound from losses in the tournament’s opening round. Archuleta has a big 12-2 advantage from our staff members.

Former UFC fighter Sergio Pettis (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut at bantamweight against Alfred Khashakyan (11-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). He’s nearly a 3-1 favorite, and all but one of our pickers is taking him to get off on the right foot in the promotion.

We have two unanimous picks on the main card. Raymond Daniels (1-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has the support of all 14 of our pickers in his welterweight bout against Jason King (8-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

And to open the main card, boxing standout Ava Knight (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is a unanimous pick against Emilee King (3-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in their women’s strawweight fight, which is Knight’s second pro MMA bout.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Cyborg (57 percent), Borics (55 percent), Archuleta (79 percent), Pettis (82 percent), Daniels (62 percent) and Knight (71 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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