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Bellator 259 Predictions & Tips For May 21

  • Bellator 259 takes place on Friday, May 21
  • Bellator 258 is being held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut
  • Cyborg tipped to finish Smith for the second time
  • Caldwell & Edwards both backed for main card wins
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Leigh Copson 19 May 2021
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Bellator 259 Predictions & Tips

Bellator MMA 259 takes place on Friday, May 21 and is headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight.

Our tips for the night’s action are provided by expert MMA analysts and tipsters.

Cris Cyborg vs Leslie Smith

Cyborg needed less than two minutes to take out Smith when these two women met in x.

Smith will have to fight much smarter than she did last time, when she tried to stand and scrap.

But even if she is more cautious, Cyborg has shown that she can knock her out.

The Brazilian can continue her reign over the featherweight division with another convincing win.

Darrion Caldwell vs Leandro Higo

This is a rematch from their bantamweight title fight back in March 2018.

Caldwell needed less than three minutes to take Higo down and submit him on that night.

We could see more of the same here as Caldwell bounces back from his grand prix semi-final loss.

Austin Vanderford vs Fabian Edwards

Edwards suffered the first defeat of his career by dropping a split decision to Costello van Steenis.

He can bounce back here though.

Edwards will use his huge reach advantage to fight at range, keep Vanderford off him and earn the decision.


Cris Cyborg and Darrion Caldwell can both come out on top in their respective rematches.

Fabian Edwards can get back into the win column by outpointing Austin Vanderford over three rounds.

Best Bet: Winner Treble Cyborg, Caldwell & Edwards @284.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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