A series of high-profile Bellator fights have been added to the end of 2022.
The promotion’s fourth-quarter schedule has begun to fill out, including a trio of championship bouts that will take place in the coming months. All of the new matchups were announced earlier this week on “The MMA Hour.”
Light Heavyweight Title Fight Joins Bellator Chicago
A doubleheader of title bouts is scheduled to take place when Bellator heads to the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on November 18th.
In the main event, a rematch between light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov and UFC alum Corey Anderson will take place.
The matchup offers the duo a chance to find a decisive winner in their rivalry.
Nemkov and Anderson first met last year in the grand final of Bellator’s eight-man light heavyweight tournament. Their long-awaited matchup concluded without a winner, as a third-round clash of heads forced the bout to end in a no contest.
Nemkov was aiming to defend his belt for the second time since winning it off Ryan Bader in 2020.
The no-contest ruling for Anderson came after earning three consecutive finish wins in the promotion.
A previously reported title fight between lightweight champ Patricky Pitbull and Usman Nurmagomedov was also confirmed for Bellator 288 by the promotion this week.
Bantamweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals Set For December
The semi-final round of the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix is scheduled to take place late on the 2022 calendar. Grand final fighters will compete on December 9th when the tournament continues at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
Newly-crowned champion Raufeon Stots will headline Bellator 289, facing Danny Sabatello in a grudge match as part of the bracket.
Stots became the interim Bellator Bantamweight Champion in his quarter-final fight, scoring a third-round head kick knockout over Juan Archuleta to earn the vacant belt.
The victory for Stots kept his undefeated Bellator run alive and put a belt around his waist. He has now earned six victories since first entering the promotion in 2019.
Sabatello, a former Titan FC Champion, made it to the quarter-finals by going five rounds against Leandro Higo in June.
There seemingly is bad blood between this pair at bantamweight. The fighters got into a scuffle during Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour,” as tensions boiled over during an in-person face-to-face interview.
In the other grand prix fight, Magomed Magomedov will face Patchy Mix.
Magomedov bounced back from his sole Bellator loss in the first round of the tourney, submitting Enrique Barzola in the fourth round with a guillotine choke.
Mix kicked off his bracket run with a big win, defeating former champion Kyoji Horiguchi in a five-round unanimous decision result. The fight was Mix’s third consecutive win in the promotion.