Bellator MMA is off and rolling in 2022. The year has brought exciting action back to the cage in the first four months, and the next two are already packed to the gills with massive matchups.
April kicked off with a massive upset as Patricio Ptibull regained his throne atop the featherweight division by outpointing AJ McKee in their rematch. Pitbull used his patience over five rounds to take down the previously undefeated McKee. Now, he and his brother sit atop both the featherweight and lightweight divisions.
Unfortunately the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix was unable to determine a winner. Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson was ruled a no contest after an accidental clash of heads opened a massive gash on Nemkov's head at the end of Round 3. Had the round been completed, a technical decision would have been rendered. Instead, the title stays with Nemkov and the $1 million prize is still up for grabs.
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June saw one of the bigger upsets on the championship level in recent memory as Johnny Eblen earned the middleweight crown with a decisive decision over Gegard Mousasi. Eblen took just 12 pro fights to reach the championship level after utilizing a complete game to outpoint Mousasi over five grueling rounds.
Now as the promotion prepares to return in July, the cage lands in the state of Washington for the first time when lightweight champion Patricky Pitbull looks to defend his title against top contender Sidney Outlaw. The event goes down from Tacoma, Washington, on July 22. And in August, the promotion returns to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for a welterweight showdown between Neiman Gracie and Goiti Yamuchi.
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 283||July 22||Patricky Pitbull vs. Sidney Outlaw||Lightweight title||Tacoma, Washington||Showtime|
|Bellator 284||Aug. 12||Neiman Gracie vs. Goiti Yamuchi||Welterweights||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Showtime|
|Bellator Dublin||Sept. 23||Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef||Light heavyweight||Dublin||Showtime|