Patchy Mix retains Bantamweight World Championship at Bellator Champions Series Paris

At Bellator Champions Series Paris, Patchy Mix (20-1) hammered home his status as one of the premier fighters on earth by edging out Magomed Magomedov (16-2) in a nail-biting split decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47) to hang onto his Bellator Bantamweight Championship. The headline fight was a seesaw battle, where Mix clinched the win in their fiery rematch, marking his seventh win on the trot and his second title defense.

In the co-main spectacle, Cédric Doumbé (6-1) electrified the masses on his Bellator debut by stopping Jaleel Willis (16-6) with a TKO at 3:33 in the first round. Post-fight, Anthony Pettis stormed into the Bellator Cage, throwing down the gauntlet for a faceoff with Doumbé in Paris, boldly marking his territory.

The evening saw Costello Van Steenis (15-3) hush the Parisian crowd by subduing Gregory Babene (23-12) with a Von Flue Choke at 2:16 of the second round, earning a shot at the Bellator Middleweight World Championship held by the unvanquished Johnny Eblen.

Over in the Featherweight division, veteran Yves Landu (21-9) claimed his fifth straight win by nipping Jonas Bilharinho (11-3-1) in a split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27). Not just his fists, but his breakdancing moves were on display, leaving a memorable mark with his declaration, “My name is Yves Landu, if you don’t know, now you know.”

Kicking off the main card, Colorado’s own Archie Colgan (10-0) kept his record spotless by overpowering Thibault Gouti (17-7) with a display of superior grappling, delivering seven takedowns and a barrage of ground strikes, cruising to a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).

As the dust settles on tonight’s clashes, eyes turn to the upcoming Bellator Champion Series Dublin on June 22 at the 3Arena. The event will be headlined by Welterweight Champion Jason Jackson (18-4), who’s riding an impressive eight-fight win streak, set to defend his title against the unbeaten Ramazan Kuramagomedov (12-0). The spotlight also falls on Paul Hughes (11-1), a rising star from Derry, as he makes his promotional debut against seasoned fighter Bobby King (12-6) in the co-main event

The complete 2024 Bellator Champions Series schedule is as follows:

– Saturday, June 22 – Bellator Champions Series Dublin – 3Arena
– Saturday, September 7 – Bellator Champions Series San Diego – Pechanga Arena
– Saturday, September 14 – Bellator Champions Series London – OVO Wembley
– Saturday, October 12 – Bellator Champions Series Chicago – Wintrust Arena
– Saturday, November 16 – Bellator Champions Series Paris – ADIDAS Arena
– Tuesday, December 31 – Bellator Champions Series – TBD

Preliminary Card Results:
Slim Trabelsi (7-0) defeated Louie Sutherland (6-3) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mansour Barnaoui (21-6) defeated Yusuke Yachi (26-14) via submission (D’arce Choke) at 4:08 of round one
Mike Shipman (16-4) defeated Steven Hill (7-1) TKO at 5:00 of round one
Aspen Ladd (12-5) defeated Ekaterina Shakalova (8-2) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Asael Adjoudj (8-1) defeated Bruno Fontes (6-1) via KO (punch) at 1:11 of round two