Bellator MMA capped off a great year with one of the wildest finishes in recent memory. Now, the promotion turns toward 2022 with big fights already lined up to kick off the new year and plenty more to come.
First was a heavyweight unification that saw Ryan Bader walk away victorious. The former two-division titleholder upset the upstart interim champ Valentin Moldvasky with a strong wrestling game to reaffirm his spot atop the biggest division. Now, he already has his next title defense lined up for May when he takes on a familiar foe in Cheick Kongo in Paris. The two met in September 2019, but the fight ended in a no contest in the first round after an accidental eye poke.
Then in April, the long-awaited rematch for the featherweight title is on when AJ McKee battles Patricio Pitbull in San Jose, California. McKee won the title from Pitbull in their last meeting with a resounding performance to also complete the Featherweight World Grand Prix. Now, he’ll look to repeat it against arguably the best fighter in promotional history.
One week later, the Bellator cage makes its return to the islands with a jam-packed event on tap for Hawaii. The Bantamweight World Grand Prix kicks off with training partners turned competitors as champion Sergio Pettis takes on Raufeon Stots. Plus, former titleholder Kyoji Horiguchi battles rising contender Patchy Mix. The card also sees the return of women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg when she rematches Arlene Blencowe.
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Upcoming Bellator MMA schedule
|Bellator 277||April 15||AJ McKee (c) vs. Patricio Pitbull||Featherweight title||San Jose, California||Showtime|
|Bellator 279||April 23||Sergio Pettis (c) vs. Raufeon Stots||Bantamweight title||Honolulu, Hawaii||Showtime|
|Bellator Paris||May 6||Ryan Bader (c) vs. Cheick Kongo||Heavyweight title||Paris||Showtime|
|Bellator London||May 13||Yaroslav Amosov (c) vs. Michael “Venom” Page||Welterweight title||London||Showtime|