It was formally introduced at tonight’s BELLATOR 272: Pettis vs. Horiguchi occasion that subsequent yr’s prestigious BELLATOR World Grand Prix will happen within the promotion’s extremely stacked bantamweight division. The winner of tonight’s 135-Pound World Championship combat between Sergio Pettis and Kyoji Horiguchi will defend their title subsequent yr within the Bantamweight World Grand Prix that includes a gauntlet of the eight greatest athletes the burden class has to supply.
Along with each Pettis and Horiguchi, the Bantamweight World Grand Prix is ready to function former divisional champion Juan Archuleta, No. 2 ranked-Raufeon Stots, No. 3 ranked-Patchy Combine, No. 4 ranked-Magomed Magomedov, No. 5 ranked-Leandro Higo, and No. 6 ranked-James Gallagher, who will all vie for the fitting to be named the subsequent BELLATOR Bantamweight World Champion and take dwelling a grand prize of one-million-dollars.
First-round matchups and extra particulars akin to dates, places and event alternates shall be revealed quickly.
All event bouts shall be five-round contests and shall be telecast in the USA completely on SHOWTIME.
Former BELLATOR Bantamweight World Champion Kyoji Horiguchi enters tonight’s contest unranked because of inactivity throughout the promotion. Official BELLATOR Rankings shall be up to date and distributed on Monday, Dec. 6.
Champion – Sergio Pettis (21-5):
Preventing out of Milwaukee, Wisc., Sergio Pettis captured the BELLATOR bantamweight crown in Could 2021 by outpointing former champion Juan Archuleta in a fast-paced contest at BELLATOR 258. Throughout a virtually six-year, 14-fight UFC stint, the Roufusport-product competed in each the flyweight and bantamweight lessons, accumulating 9 victories and a pair of “Combat of the Night time” honors towards Alex Caceres and Matt Hobar in 2014. Previous to his UFC tenure, Pettis, the youthful brother of former UFC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis, earned world titles in Resurrection Preventing Alliance’s flyweight division and North American Preventing Championship’s 135-pound class. Following a trio of spectacular triumphs over among the division’s elite, BELLATOR’s bantamweight champion is ready to guard his belt and an unblemished 3-0 promotional mark getting into the event.
Former BELLATOR Bantamweight Champion – Kyoji Horiguchi (29-3):
Hailing from Takasaki, Japan, the 31-year-old Kyoji Horiguchi is the reigning RIZIN bantamweight champion who notoriously turned a simultaneous, two-promotion champion in 2019 after taking down and upsetting then-BELLATOR champion Darrion Caldwell at Madison Sq. Backyard. Sadly, an damage would drive Horiguchi to relinquish his BELLATOR title in 2019, and he now appears to reclaim his belt in a most important occasion conflict with present champion Sergio Pettis at BELLATOR 272. Whereas with RIZIN, the American High Group-product amassed a formidable 10-1 promotional mark, highlighted by eight finishes and 5 first-round knockouts. Moreover, greater than half of Horiguchi’s profession victories have come by way of knockout. Now, after reclaiming his RIZIN bantamweight strap and avenging solely his third loss in 32 outings with a highlight-reel, opening-round knockout over Kai Asakura on New Yr’s Eve 2020, the Japanese sensation combating out of Coconut Creek, Fla., goals to get his fingers again on BELLATOR’s title
No. 1 Ranked Bantamweight – Juan Archuleta (25-3):
With the Bantamweight World Grand Prix set, former BELLATOR World Champion and No. 1-ranked Juan Archuleta sees a transparent path towards regaining the 135-pound crown. Armed with 25 skilled victories, together with 12 by the use of Ok.O. or submission, the “Spaniard” has no points stopping opponents contained in the BELLATOR cage. The previous four-division King of the Cage world champion, who holds victories over Patchy Combine, Henry Corrales, and Ricky Bandejas, strives to maintain that pattern going all through the Grand Prix.
No. 2 Ranked Bantamweight – Raufeon Stots (17-1):
Thought of one of many world’s greatest 135-pound fighters, Raufeon “Supa” Stots has been within the title dialog since his 2019 BELLATOR debut. At the moment driving a nine-fight profitable streak, the No. 2-ranked bantamweight has defeated a few of BELLATOR’s most interesting, together with Magomed Magomedov and Josh Hill, by smothering opponents with top-tier grappling skill. Sporting a near-perfect 17-1 file, the Roufusport product and two-time NCAA Division II Champion now has a chance to compete for a long-awaited crown.
No. 3 Ranked Bantamweight – Patchy Combine (15-1):
Set to make his sixth promotional look beneath the BELLATOR umbrella, the pleasure of Angola, N.Y., has collected two-first spherical submission victories whereas compiling a 4-1 file with the Scott Coker-led promotion. The 28-year-old Buffalo, N.Y. native appears to construct off his most up-to-date win at BELLATOR 270 over James Gallagher in his opponent’s hometown of Dublin, Eire, final month. Previous to his time with BELLATOR, Combine dominated the competitors whereas on the regional scene by accumulating 9 of his 15 skilled victories, together with 5 first-round finishes. Now, the submission specialist will face the hardest problem of his profession, a shot on the event’s $1 million prize and BELLATOR’s 135-pound strap.
No. 4 Ranked Bantamweight – Magomed Magomedov (18-2):
After capturing belts in several organizations, Dagestani phenom Magomed Magomedov hopes so as to add to his assortment by taking dwelling BELLATOR gold. Amassing a formidable 18-2 profession file with 12 by way of end, “Tiger” has made a swift affect on the BELLATOR 135-pound division since his December 2020 promotional debut by climbing to No. 4 within the rankings. Possessing each a blistering tempo and superior grappling, Magomedov has the potential to be a nightmare matchup for anybody within the BELLATOR Bantamweight World Grand Prix.
No. 5 Ranked Bantamweight – Leandro Higo (21-5):
After dropping in weight to 135-pounds, Leandro Higo has been on a tear by profitable three consecutive fights and placing your entire bantamweight division on discover. Underneath the tutelage of the famed Pitbull Brothers camp, the Brazilian is coming off a hard-fought, split-decision victory over former Bantamweight World Champion Darrion Caldwell at BELLATOR 259 in Could 2021. As 12 of Higo’s 21 professional victories have come by submission, your entire bracket is aware of that the No. 5-ranked bantamweight is not going to be a simple out.
No. 6 Ranked Bantamweight – James Gallagher (11-2):
Hailing from Strabane, Eire, certainly one of MMA’s brightest younger fighters strives to notch his twelfth profession victory in a event stacked with 135-pound expertise. Following a end over Anthony Taylor at BELLATOR 169 in December 2016 and a pair of first-round submissions the next yr, “The Strabanimal” has tallied 4 victories over his previous six contests, together with three first-round finishes and a spotlight reel 35-second win at BELLATOR 227. Poised for the largest check of his younger profession, the previous SBG Eire-product goals to shed the shadow of former coaching accomplice, Conor McGregor, and add to his personal legacy with a shot at BELLATOR bantamweight gold.
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