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Bellator 222 odds, predictions: Proven MMA expert picks MacDonald vs. Gracie

MacDonald (20-5-1) is known for his relentless pressure and punishing style, but the welterweight champ has to be careful against the surging Gracie (9-0), who has submitted six of his seven Bellator opponents.

Just last week at UFC 238, Marley advised SportsLine members to back Calvin Kattar (-170) against Ricardo Lamas +150 in an undercard lightweight bout.

His selections included accurately predicting that Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (+110) would pull the upset of Al Iaquinta (-130) in the main event.

Afterward, MacDonald told a stunned crowd that because of his newfound religious faith, he was struggling with the idea of continuing in a profession that forced him to hurt other human beings.

Gracie, 30, knows his name carries weight because of a family lineage that has seen thousands of pupils, amateurs and professional alike learn jiu-jitsu from one of its famed members.

Danis (1-0) is a brash newcomer who gained a measure of fame by being a jiu-jitsu coach and training partner of UFC icon Conor McGregor.

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