The hits keep on coming for Bellator MMA. The promotion capped off its Featherweight World Grand Prix in July by crowning a new champion when AJ McKee stopped two-division king Patricio Pitbull in the first round by submission. McKee is arguably the hottest fighter in the division now with a perfect 18-0 record while streaking to the title -- and collecting the $1 million prize.
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The promotion is ready to head back to London this fall when a pair of top welterweight contenders rematch in the main event as Douglas Lima takes on Michael "Venom" Page at the SSE Arena. Lima scored a thrilling second-round TKO over Page in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix en route to reclaiming his title as champion. He lost the belt in June to Yaroslav Amosov and this could be a de facto No. 1 contender's bout.
Plus, we finally have a date for the semifinals of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix where all four combatants will be in action on the same night. Champion Vadim Nemkov, Ryan Bader and Corey Anderson will all hit the cage on Oct. 16 in Phoenix with the right to advance to the final and the $1 million prize still alive. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson was expected to face Nemkov in the main event, however, an illness has forced Johnson out of action with Julius Anglickas taking his place.
And as the calendar turns to November, the promotion makes its return to Dublin, Ireland, for the return of a top bantamweight prospect in James Gallagher. The 24-year-old has bounced back nicely from the lone defeat of his pro career with four straight wins, three of which coming by way of stoppage. He gets a tough customer in Patchy Mix in the main event from the 3Arena in Dublin on Nov. 5.
Be sure to check back in on this page to stay up to date on the upcoming Bellator events throughout the remainder of the year.
Upcoming Bellator MMA schedule
|Event||Date||Main event||Weight class||Location||TV|
|Bellator 267||Oct. 1||Douglas Lima vs. Michael Page 2||Welterweights||London||Showtime|
|Bellator 268||Oct. 16||Vadim Nemkov (c) vs. Julius Anglickas||Light Heavyweights||Phoenix||Showtime|
|Bellator 269||Oct. 23||Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Johnson||Heavyweights||Moscow, Russia||Showtime|
|Bellator 270||Nov. 5||James Gallagher vs. Patchy Mix||Bantamweights||Dublin, Ireland||Showtime|