On Saturday, Patricio Pitbull (34-5) showcased why many MMA pundits and followers alike take into account him to be the best fighter in BELLATOR historical past with a dominant five-round unanimous choice over Hungarian challenger Adam Borics (18-2). Pitbull remained atop the BELLATOR pound-for-pound rankings after the title protection, whereas Borics overtook the lightweight-bound AJ McKee (19-1) for the No. 2 slot within the featherweight rankings.
AJ McKee (19-1) proved profitable in his bounce as much as the light-weight division, placing on a combat for the ages towards the ever-exciting Spike Carlyle (14-4) in an all-out conflict within the occasion’s co-main occasion. With the win, McKee debuted at No. 8 within the light-weight rankings, forcing Peter Queally all the way down to No. 9.
Elsewhere on the memorable BELLATOR 286 essential card, Canadian featherweight Jeremy Kennedy (18-3) defeated Aaron Pico (10-4) attributable to a grisly shoulder harm. Kennedy turns into Canada’s highest-ranked BELLATOR athlete with the victory, ascending to No. 5 within the talent-stacked featherweight division. The loss dropped Pico one spot to No. 4 within the division’s higher echelon.
Moreover, one-time BELLATOR bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta (26-4) returned to the win column in his matchup with fellow former BELLATOR Bantamweight World Grand Prix competitor Enrique Barzola (18-7), outpointing the Peruvian in a high-octane scrap. Archuleta took sole possession of the division’s No. 3 spot with the win, bumping Magomed Magomedov (19-2) to No. 4. Barzola retained his No. 9 rating regardless of the loss.
Hawaii’s Sumiko Inaba (5-0) continued her exceptional begin to her skilled MMA profession, notching her fifth straight victory and sustaining her undefeated file with a unanimous choice victory over Belgium’s Nadine Mandiau (2-6). The victory noticed Inaba vault to No. 8 in her rankings debut at flyweight.
BELLATOR MMA will return to motion in Milan, Italy on Saturday, October 29 for BELLATOR 287: Piccolotti vs. Barnaoui, a card reflective of BELLATOR’s continued funding into European MMA. In the principle occasion, BELLATOR light-weight mainstay and submission ace Adam Piccolotti (13-4) welcomes Tunisian-Frenchman Mansour Barnaoui (19-4) and his 95% ending charge to the BELLATOR cage. Birmingham, England’s Fabian Edwards (10-2) will look to take one step nearer to becoming a member of his brother, Leon, as an MMA world champion in a matchup with SBG Eire’s Charlie Ward (10-4) within the card’s co-main occasion.
BELLATOR 287: Piccolotti vs. Barnaoui will air reside within the US on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. CEST/4 p.m. ET, whereas followers within the UK can tune into the principle card on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.
The preliminary portion of the occasion could be seen by way of the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports activities YouTube channel, Pluto TV (US), BBC iPlayer (UK), Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND), with the primary combat of the night streaming at an up to date begin time of 6:30 p.m. CEST/12:30 p.m. ET. As well as, there will likely be three non-televised Italian Federation bouts starting an hour earlier for followers in attendance on the Allianz Cloud Area.
Tickets for the occasion are on sale now and could be bought on-line at Bellator.com and Bellator.it.