It’s been an impressive journey. Over 5,300 days and close to 3,500 exhilarating MMA bouts have led us to this point. San Diego’s Pechanga Arena is poised to host the monumental BELLATOR 300 on October 7, marking over 14 years of mixed martial arts brilliance. For the first time, four gripping world championship fights will headline the promotion’s landmark 300th event.
Ryan Bader, the dominating Heavyweight World Champion, is set for a rematch against Linton Vassell. Notably, Bader has successfully defended titles in rematches, boasting an undefeated record in this territory. Vassell, on the other hand, is fueled by revenge and a successful heavyweight run, intent on seizing the title from Bader.
In another anticipated match-up, top female fighter Cris Cyborg will be defending her featherweight world championship title against Cat Zingano. Cyborg’s reign in MMA is unparalleled, but Zingano is set on clinching that long-coveted championship belt, especially on her home turf in San Diego.
The excitement doesn’t stop there. Usman Nurmagomedov, the reigning Lightweight World Champion, will battle former champion Brent Primus in a semi-final bout for the one-million-dollar BELLATOR Lightweight World Grand Prix. Nurmagomedov, a rising star in MMA and cousin of the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be striving to keep his unblemished record. Primus, on the other hand, aims to reclaim the world title and inch closer to the grand prize.
Lastly, in a unique match-up, Liz Carmouche will be defending her flyweight world championship against close friend and training partner, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. Carmouche’s unmatched run since joining BELLATOR in 2020 has been the talk of the town, but Macfarlane, a standout in her own right, seeks to reclaim the title she held for years.
Fans can catch BELLATOR 300 live on SHOWTIME, with additional undercard actions soon to be unveiled on the BELLATOR YouTube and PlutoTV channels. Those looking to witness the action live can secure their tickets from BELLATOR.com and Axs.com, with an exclusive pre-sale in the offing.
Scott Coker, BELLATOR President, reflects on the brand’s growth since its inception, emphasizing their commitment to showcasing world-class talent. BELLATOR 300 is a testament to that commitment, bringing together an array of champions in what promises to be the biggest event in BELLATOR MMA history.
BELLATOR 300 Main Card:
Saturday, October 7 – Live on SHOWTIME
Pechanga Arena in San Diego, CA
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Heavyweight World Title Quadruple Main Event: C-Ryan Bader (31-7, 1 NC) vs. #1-Linton Vassell (23-8, 1 NC)
Featherweight World Title Quadruple Main Event: C-Cris Cyborg (26-2, 1 NC) vs. #1-Cat Zingano (14-4)
Lightweight World Title Quadruple Main Event: C-Usman Nurmagomedov (17-0) vs. #4-Brent Primus (12-3)
Flyweight World Title Quadruple Main Event: C-Liz Carmouche (19-7) vs. #2-Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (13-2)