Bellator MMA capped off a great year with one of the wildest finishes in recent memory. Now, the promotion turns toward 2022 with big fights already lined up to kick off the new year and plenty more to come.
First up will be a heavyweight title unification battle between undisputed champion Ryan Bader and interim titleholder Valentin Moldavsky. The pair will meet in the main event on Jan. 29 from the FootPrint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Moldavsky earned interim gold with his win over Tim Johnson in 2021 while Bader was competing in the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix. Bader, 38, has lost two of his last three with both defeats coming at 205 pounds.
The other title bout already on the docket is in the middleweight division where champion Gegard Mousasi is set to take on top contender Austin Vanderford. Those two are set to meet in late February from Dublin, Ireland, although the COVID-19 pandemic could affect where the fight takes place. Vanderford has exploded onto the scene since joining the promotion in 2019 with five straight wins. Mousasi, meanwhile, remains as dominant as ever with three straight wins after the shocking defeat to Rafael Lovato Jr. in 2019. He's 11-1 since 2016.
Plus, a May clash is set for London when Michael "Venom" Page will get his second crack at the welterweight title when he takes on champion Yaroslav Amosov. The two will throw down from the SSE Arena on May 13 as Page looks to finally breakthrough on the title level. He came up short in his bid during the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix in 2019 when he was viciously knocked out by then champ Douglas Lima. Page got his revenge in 2021 with a decision win over Lima to secure his spot as the No. 1 contender. Amosov, meanwhile, will look to make his first defense of the title since winning against Lima by decision in June 2021.
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 273||Jan. 29||Ryan Bader (c) vs. Valentin Moldavsky (ic)||Heavyweight unification||Phoenix||Showtime|
|Bellator 274||Feb. 19||Logan Storley vs. Neiman Gracie||Welterweights||Uncasville, Connecticut||Showtime|
|Bellator 275||Feb. 25||Gegard Mousasi (c) vs. Austin Vanderford||Middleweight title||Dublin, Ireland||Showtime|
|Bellator London||May 13||Yaroslav Amosov (c) vs. Michael "Venom" Page||Welterweight title||London||Showtime|