This Friday’s BELLATOR 288 brings two world championship bouts to Wintrust Arena in Chicago with a main event rematch between Light Heavyweight World Champion Vadim Nemkov (15-2, 1 NC) and No. 1-ranked Corey Anderson (16-5, 1 NC), while the co-main event features Patricky “Pitbull” (24-10) defending his lightweight belt against undefeated, No. 1-ranked Usman Nurmagomedov (15-0).
BELLATOR touched down in the Windy City over the weekend as Lightweight World Champion Patricky Pitbull was hosted by the Chicago Bears yesterday. Patricky and his brother, Featherweight World Champion Patricio Pitbull, spent time with the Bears’ Brazilian placekicker Cairo Santos before the game.
The five-fight main card of BELLATOR 288: Nemkov vs. Anderson 2 / Pitbull vs. Nurmagomedov airs this Friday, November 18, LIVE on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Three additional main card bouts will take place on SHOWTIME before the first of two BELLATOR championship matchups. 16-fight BELLATOR veteran and No. 7-ranked Daniel Weichel (42-13) will face undefeated Timur Khizriev (11-0) at featherweight, former wrestling star and No. 5-ranked heavyweight Tyrell Fortune (12-2, 1 NC) goes toe-to-toe with Chicago’s own Daniel James (13-6-1), and No. 10-ranked welterweight highlight machine Roman Faraldo (8-0) will look to keep his unblemished professional record intact when he faces his toughest test to date in Georgian Levan Chokheli (10-2, 1 NC).
The preliminary portion of BELLATOR 288 is stacked with elite prospects such as No. 10-ranked featherweight Lucas Brennan, No. 10-ranked light heavyweight Sullivan Cauley, and unbeaten lightweight standout Archie Colgan. The preliminary card begins at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT and can be seen on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube Channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel, and Pluto TV.
A previously announced bantamweight fight between Jaylon Bates (6-0) and Jornel Lugo (8-1) has been removed from the card.
Tickets are on sale now and available at Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.
BELLATOR 288: NEMKOV VS. ANDERSON 2 / PITBULL VS. NURMAGOMEDOV MAIN CARD:
Friday, Nov. 18 – 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final: C-Vadim Nemkov (15-2, 1 NC) vs. #1-Corey Anderson (16-5, 1 NC)
Lightweight World Title Bout: C-Patricky Pitbull (24-10) vs. #1-Usman Nurmagomedov (15-0)
Featherweight Bout: #7-Daniel Weichel (42-13) vs. Timur Khizriev (11-0)
Heavyweight Bout: #5-Tyrell Fortune (12-2, 1 NC) vs. Daniel James (13-6-1)
Welterweight Bout: #10-Roman Faraldo (8-0) vs. Levan Chokheli (10-2, 1 NC)
BELLATOR 288: NEMKOV VS. ANDERSON 2 / PITBULL VS. NURMAGOMEDOV PRELIMINARY CARD:
BELLATOR MMA YouTube Channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel | Pluto TV
6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Featherweight Bout: Otto Rodrigues (13-1) vs. Khasan Askhabov (23-2)
Middleweight Bout: Imamshafi Aliev (8-0) vs. Sean Fallon (16-7)
Lightweight Bout: Killys Mota (13-3) vs. Jairo Pachecho (7-0)
Bantamweight Bout: Jaylon Bates (6-0) vs. Jornel Lugo (8-1)
Lightweight Bout: Archie Colgan (5-0) vs. Jesse Hannam (2-1)
Featherweight Bout: #10-Lucas Brennan (7-0) vs. Nick Talavera (5-1)
Light Heavyweight Bout: #10-Sullivan Cauley (4-0) vs. Jay Radick (3-0)
Middleweight Bout: Jordan Newman (4-0) vs. Jayden Taulker (2-2)
Featherweight Bout: Laird Anderson (2-0) vs. Rob Fenicle (2-2)
Featherweight Bout: Isaiah Hokit (1-1) vs. Matias Nader (3-0)
Heavyweight Bout: Wladmir Gouvea (Debut) vs. Kory Moegenburg (2-3)