In sunny San Diego, BELLATOR rocked the house with their milestone 300th event, and boy, were there fireworks! Leading the charge on the three-title fight card was Usman Nurmagomedov, who, with a record still untouched at 18-0, sent former champ Brent Primus back to the drawing board and scooted up to the men’s pound-for-pound No. 3. Cris Cyborg, the GOAT in women’s MMA with her record at 27-2, 1 NC, left no questions unanswered by shutting down Cat Zingano in round one. Holding onto her throne at No. 1 in the women’s pound-for-pound? Check. Liz Carmouche further cemented her legacy by showing Ilima-Lei Macfarlane who’s boss and clutching onto her No. 2 spot in the same rankings.
The prelims brought their own brand of noise. Leah McCourt, after a TKO victory against Sara McMann, now sits pretty as the No. 1 contender in the featherweight division. Kai Kamaka III’s victory dance? A secured No. 9 spot in the featherweight rankings after besting Henry Corrales.
Making splashes on their debut, Slim Trabelsi nabbed the No. 9 spot in heavyweight following a swift win against Davion Franklin. Grant Neal strutted into middleweight with a respectable unanimous decision against Romero Cotton, also snagging a No. 9 rank. Doveltdzhan Yagshimuradov, with his win over Maciej Rozanski, planted his flag at No. 5 in the light heavyweight division.
BELLATOR 301 is gearing up to hit The Windy City. Leading the ticket is undefeated champ Yaroslav Amosov, with an enviable 27-0 record, defending his belt against Jason Jackson. The stakes? Surpassing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legendary undefeated streak. Bantamweight honcho Sergio Pettis will throw down with interim champ Patchy Mix, while former champion Patricky Pitbull and Alexander Shabliy duke it out for a chance to fight Usman Nurmagomedov in the Lightweight World Grand Prix finals. And hey, who doesn’t love a bit of drama? Former champ AJ McKee makes a comeback against Sidney Outlaw. For the cherry on top, Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello reignite their 2022 beef with a rematch on the main card of BELLATOR 301.
Want to be part of the action? BELLATOR 301: Amosov vs. Jackson is set to go live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Early birds can catch the prelims at 5 p.m. ET on BELLATOR’s YouTube and Pluto TV. Don’t miss out; grab your tickets for this grand showdown available at Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com.