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.
After a few weeks off, the promotion is back in action across the pond. Bellator MMA heads to Dublin on Friday night with a loaded fight card in tow. Legendary lightweight veteran Benson Henderson looks to turn away the homegrown talent of Peter Queally in the main event. Plus, light heavyweight sluggers meet in the co-main event when Yoel Romero takes on Melvin Manhoef.
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 Dublin||Sept. 23||Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally||Lightweight||Dublin||Showtime|
|Bellator 286||Oct. 1||Patricio Pitbull (c) vs. Adam Borics||Featherweight title||Long Beach, California||Showtime|
|Bellator 287||Oct. 29||Adam Piccolotti vs. Mansour Barnaoui||Lightweights||Milan, Italy||Showtime|
|Bellator 288||Nov. 18||Vadim Nemkov (c) vs. Corey Anderson||Light heavyweight title||Chicago||Showtime|
|Bellator 289||Dec. 9||Raufeon Stots (c) vs. Danny Sabatello||Bantamweight World Grand Prix||Uncasville, Connecticut||Showtime|