Staff picks for Bellator 298: Storley vs. Ward

Bellator 298 is set for action later tonight, August 11th, from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the promotion’s fourth trip to the city and arena since August of 2018. The preliminary card will begin at 6:25pm ET (3:25pm PT) on Bellator’s YouTube channel with the main card to follow at 10:00pm ET (7:00pm PT) on Showtime.

Live results from Bellator 298: Storley vs. Ward can be found here at MMASucka. Stay tuned for our staff picks on Saturday the 12th from UFC on ESPN 51: Luque vs. dos Anjos and on Tuesday the 15th from Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 7, Week 2.

Looking to rebound sees former interim champion and betting favorite Storley set for his second appearance of 2023 after coming up short to Yaroslav Amosov in a unification bout for the welterweight title last February. The former NCAA Division I wrestler and South Dakota native has only faced defeat twice through 16 professional fights, both to the priorly-mentioned Amosov, as he plots another run towards the welterweight peak.

Storley’s opponent, Ward, has earned three consecutive second-round knockouts after making his Bellator return in February of last year following an over four-year absence. Only one time has the former middleweight title challenger seen the distance through 23 matches, and the former D3 Wrestler hopes to continue his resurgence as a contender in what will be his 19th fight with Bellator.

2023 Staff Picks

MMASucka staff picks are composed of five promotions: the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, the Professional Fighters League (PFL), and Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS). UFC and Bellator events feature picks from only main cards. PFL will feature select fights from the main and preliminary card while DWCS sees all fights counted from the event. ONE Championship returns to picks for the first time since 2020 and will feature only mixed martial arts (MMA) fights selected from cards with a minimum three matchups.

The WINNER of staff picks at the end of 2023, who picked the most victorious fighters, will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or a chain from Championship Chains. Staff picks in 2022 was won by Wesley Riddle with a record of 264-135.

Find out who the MMASucka staff have picked to win at Bellator 298: Storley vs. Ward.

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