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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bellator brings the unabashed guilty pleasure fights to town, either without much divisional or sporting implications. The main event features a third meeting between two fighters who started it all while the co-main event is a grudge match.

What: Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX.

When: Friday, the preliminary card starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on MMA Fighting. The five-fight main card starts on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie

There's not much to say in the way of specificities here. Shamrock probably has one solid offensive push in him and not much more. Gracie is thin, wears his age and hasn't been competitively active in years. Shamrock's carrying a weight advantage to boot. There's no singular scenario anyone can argue is much more likely than any other, but Shamrock can't claim he doesn't have the advantages he needs to win.

Pick: Shamrock 

Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000

Another fight where lots of speculation isn't warranted. Dhafir Harris is big, will wildly wing and tire quickly. Within the first 30 seconds, his recklessness is a weapon. After that, it's Kimbo's fight to lose.

Pick: Slice

Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez

This is a legitimate, interesting scrap. Pineda is a tested competitor. His flaws are real and have held his career back at times, but there's lots to like about the grinding, proactive offense he can bring. The problem for him, though, is hard to ignore. Sanchez has a much better gas tank. Pineda is good at top control when he needs to be, but tires easily. Sanchez's defensive escapes and scrambling ability, generally, are good enough to compete with Pineda even when the UFC veteran is fresh. Sanchez should push this late and take over.

Pick: Sanchez

Melvin Guillard vs. Derek Campos

I don't know about Guillard these days. His version of events during media obligations this week was that he was finally healthy, with a good team and on weight. It turns out only part of that trio is certifiably true. Campos shouldn't be much of a direct threat ordinarily, but it's very hard to gauge how the UFC veteran will perform. My guess is his defensive wrestling and punching power should still be enough.

Pick: Guillard

Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell

This one feels a little more difficult to call, too. In the end, we can likely surmise Vassell wants to attain top position on the ground and ride out some kind of decision. Newton wins this fight to the extent he stops that. His takedown defense isn't superb, but should be enough over time to use his unorthodox striking to sneak in real damage along the way.

Pick: Newton