A battle of two of Bellator's best is set to go down on Saturday when Patricio Pitbull takes on AJ McKee in the main event of Bellator 263 from The Forum in Inglewood, California. Pitbull's featherweight title will be on the line when he and McKee meet in the final of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix.
The card fills out rather nicely with a slew of top prospects in action. Mads Burnell, a former UFC fighter and Cage Warriors champion, is back in the co-main event against veteran Emmanuel Sanchez. Plus, Usman Nurmagomedov, the younger cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, gets his chance in a showcase opportunity against Luis Muro. Nurmagomedov won his debut in April by unanimous decision while showing off an incredible striking display. Also on this card, former lightweight champion Brent Primus is back when he faces PFL and WSOF veteran Islam Mamedov.
McKee is currently a +105 underdog while Pitbull, the featherweight and lightweight champion, is a -125 favorite to remain a two-division champion. The main event is just one of many fights on the card with tight odds along with a host of intriguing prop bets, making for an enticing event for those interested in making a trip to the sportsbook window.
William Hill Sportsbook has you covered with every angle of Bellator 263 to get in on the action. We're going to give you a few options to consider with this card from our favorite moneyline play, prop play and parlay play. Let's take a closer look at those picks now.
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Best moneyline pick
Chris Gonzalez +140 vs. Goiti Yamauchi
This is a big step-up fight for Gonzalez, with the undefeated lightweight taking on Yamauchi, Bellator's all-time leader in submission wins. It's a dangerous fight for Gonzalez, as utilizing his strong wrestling base will put him in Yamauchi's world. Still, as a Team Alpha Male product, Gonzalez will have been put through his paces in camp and should come into the fight prepared for Yamauchi's ground attack. Gonzalez has also displayed consistent growth in his striking, which was on full display in his most recent fight -- a TKO victory over Roger Huerta. As far as underdogs go, Gonzalez is a live one as a skilled fighter from a good camp with the skills to neutralize his opponent's best assets.
Best prop pick
Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee to not go to decision -200
This is a line that has pressed to just the edge of value but still looks good at -200. McKee has shown repeatedly throughout the tournament that he has fully developed into a finisher -- and a finisher against fighters of an increasing level of difficulty. It's no secret that Pitbull has top-tier finishing skills. Pitbull has scored huge finishes of the best Bellator has to offer, at both 145 and 155 pounds, including a knockout of Michael Chandler to grab the lightweight championship.
There are interesting lines for both men to win by stoppage, with Pitbull at +150 and McKee at +225, but the fight is so tough to call. Both men have such a good chance to finish the other that you're better off playing the fight just to not go to the decision unless you feel like you have a perfect read on how the fight ends.
Best parlay pick
Islam Mamedov -210, Emmanuel Sanchez +105, Chris Gonzalez +140 (+626)
There are some safer parlays, to be sure, including something like mixing Mamedov, Vanessa Porto and Georgi Karakhanyan at +173. But let's swing big with our last bet for the card and mix Mamedov with two small underdogs, including the previously discussed Gonzalez. Since 2017, Sanchez has only lost to Pitbull (twice) and has picked up several quality wins over good fighters. He faces Mads Burnell, who has won six fights since leaving the UFC. Even with Burnell's recent run of success, Sanchez has the better resume with the better -- and more consistent -- quality of wins.
Mamedov is facing a tough fighter in Brent Primus, who won the lightweight title in 2017 when Michael Chandler suffered an injury in their title bout before losing the belt in a rematch. Mamedov is your standard Dagestani on a long winning streak and Primus is a good opponent for the former WSOF and PFL fighter for him to face in a Bellator debut that will be won by grinding out three tough rounds.