Bellator 252: Pitbull vs. Carvalho Preview

Bellator will resume their “Featherweight Grand Prix” on Thursday, holding their two remaining quarterfinal fights. In the main event of Bellator 252, Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio Pitbull will aim to advance in the tournament against Pedro Carvalho.

Here’s a preview of the entire show, which is scheduled to take place from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.

Click here to skip to a preview of the main card.

Preliminary Card (4:00PM EST) (Youtube)

Bout 1: Khonry Gracie (2-1) vs. Trevor Gudde (1-1) (Welterweight)

Looking for his third-straight win in Bellator, Khonry Gracie will fight Trevor Gudde on the prelims. Gracie won his last two fights in Bellator, defeating Oscar Vera and Ron Becker. Gudde won his last fight a year ago, defeating Montoyia Swilling on a Cage Titans card.

Bout 2: Roman Faraldo (3-0) vs. Pat Casey (6-3) (Welterweight)

Undefeated through three fights in his career, Roman Faraldo will make his Bellator debut on the prelims when he fights Pat Casey. Faraldo picked up his third win in February, defeating Gerrick Bontekoe on a Titan FC card. All three of his wins as a pro have come via stoppage thus far.

Casey has lost his last two fights. He dropped a split decision in September to Daniel Madrid in his last fight, at Bellator 246.

Bout 3: Lucas Brennan (3-0) vs. Andrew Salas (6-4) (Featherweight)

Lucas Brennan will look for his fourth Bellator win on the prelims when put against Andrew Salas. Brennan has fought all three of his bouts as a pro in Bellator, finishing all of his opponents. His last win was in August, defeating Will Smith via stoppage.

Salas enters the fight after having lost three of his last four matchups. He has competed in Bellator once before, defeating Ethan Goss via split decision in 2017.

Brennan missed weight for the fight, per MMA Junkie, coming in two pounds over the non-championship featherweight limit.

Bout 4: Jornel Lugo (4-0) vs. Schyler Sootho (4-0) (Bantamweight)

Rising fighters Jornel Lugo and Schyler Sootho will look to take each other’s undefeated records on the prelims. Sootho has won all four of his fights in regional promotion Shogun Fights.

The fight will be Lugo’s return to Bellator. His last fight, an October 2019 win, came against John Douma. He has since defeated Cortavious Romious on an SFT card.

Bout 5: Devin Powell (10-4) vs. Manny Muro (11-6) (Lightweight)

Both returning after Bellator debut wins, Devin Powell and Manny Muro will fight on Thursday’s prelims. Powell, a former UFC fighter, made his Bellator debut in 2019 with a mounted guillotine victory over Marcus Surin. His UFC run was four fights, losing three of the bouts from 2017 to 2018.

Muro won his Bellator debut a year ago, defeating Nick Newell via split decision.

Bout 6: Keri Melendez (4-0) vs. Emilee King (4-3) (Strawweight)

Undefeated Keri Melendez will take her fifth Bellator fight on Thursday, facing Emilee King. Melendez made her MMA debut in 2016, defeating Sheila Padilla within a minute. She has since won three more fights, with the most recent one being a year ago over Mandy Polk.

King won her Bellator debut in January, catching former boxer Ava Knight in the third minute with a rear naked choke.

The bout was scheduled for a May card before Bellator had to cancel events due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

Melendez missed weight for the fight, coming in just under a quarter-pound over the 116-pound limit.

Bout 7: Aaron Pico (6-3) vs. John de Jesus (13-8) (Featherweight)

After both putting on good wins in the summer, Aaron Pico and John de Jesus will collide to finish the preliminary card. Pico’s last fight was in July, catching Solo Hatley Jr. in the first round with a rear naked choke to win. Throughout his nine-fight career, all fights no matter the winner have came via stoppage.

De Jesus made his Bellator debut in August, putting on a good performance to win on scorecards over Vladyslav Parubchenko. He could extend his win streak to four-in-a-row on Thursday.

Main Card (7:00PM EST) (CBS Sports Network)

Bout 8: Daniel Weichel (40-11) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (19-4) (Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal)

Thursday’s main card will kick off with one of the two grand prix bouts. In the bout, Daniel Weichel and Emmanuel Sanchez will compete to move up into the round of four.

Weichel snapped a two-fight skid in the opening round of the tournament, defeating Saul Rogers via decision in September of 2019. Previous losses were against Goiti Yamauchi and featherweight champ Patricio Pitbull.

Sanchez won his opening round via triangle choke, taking the five-fight undefeated record of Tywan Claxton. Having fought in Bellator since 2014, Sanchez has an impressive promotional record of 11 wins and three losses.

Bout 9: Yaroslav Amosov (24-0) vs. Logan Storley (11-0) (Welterweight)

A high-stakes fight is in the co-main event, as undefeated fighters Yaroslav Amosov and Logan Storley will compete.

Amosov won his 24th fight as a pro in August, as a doctor stoppage following one round of action gave Mark Lemminger a loss. Amosov has competed five times in Bellator.

The fight will be Storley’s return to action, as he last competed in November of 2019. That fight, his sixth in Bellator, was a win over EJ Brooks.

Bout 10: Patricio Pitbull (30-4) vs. Pedro Carvalho (11-3) (Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal)

In the most important fight of the tournament currently, Patricio Pitbull will fight Pedro Carvalho. The fight is a quarterfinal match in the 145-pound grand prix, but it is also a title fight since Pitbull currently holds the Bellator Featherweight Championship.

Pitbull has held the belt close since 2017, defeating Daniel Strauss via guillotine choke to start his second run as champ. He has since defeated four-straight fighters, including now-UFC fighter Michael Chandler and now-Bellator Bantamweight Champion Juan Archuleta.

While Carvalho has a smaller resume, he has a strong one since his 2018 Bellator debut. He has picked up four-straight wins in the promotion within the two-year timespan. His last fight, a win in the first round of the tournament, saw him defeat Sam Sicilia via face crank.

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