Bellator officers introduced on Thursday afternoon that Bellator 228 will happen on Saturday, Sept. 28 from The Discussion board in Inglewood, Calif., reside and solely on DAZN. And the occasion is already shaping up properly with two vital bouts.
The primary occasion options the opening spherical of the Featherweight Grand Prix, as 145-pound champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire places his title on the road in opposition to Juan Archuleta. Within the co-main occasion, former UFC mild heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida rematches former Bellator 185-pound titleholder Gegard Mousasi in a middleweight affair.
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Freire (29-4) made historical past at Bellator 221 in May when he stopped Michael Chandler in 61 seconds so as to add the light-weight title to his assortment. The Brazilian is available in on a four-fight successful streak, a victor in eight of his final ten and appears to defend his belt for the third time.
Archuleta (23-1) is on a tear, successful 18 consecutive fights, together with 5 since he joined Bellator in March 2018. Most not too long ago, “The Spaniard” viciously knocked out former bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas within the second spherical at Bellator 222.
The 16-man Featherweight Grand Prix begins at Bellator 226 on September seventh, however Freire vs. Archuleta is the primary confirmed matchup. That is the third match the promotion has executed. The Heavyweight Grand Prix was received by Ryan Bader, and the welterweight tourney continues to be ongoing with champion Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima squaring off within the finals in a while in 2019.
Machida (26-8) and Mousasi (45-7-2) first met at UFC Battle Evening 36 in February 2014 with the previous successful by unanimous choice. Ever since then, Mousasi has accused Machida of being on performing-enhancing medication.
The sentiment amongst pundits was that Machida and Mousasi would battle for middleweight gold. “The Dragon”, who appears to increase his win streak to 5, held up his finish of the discount, stopping Chael Sonnen within the second spherical at Bellator 222 and despatched him into retirement. Mousasi failed on his finish, dropping his title in a slim choice to Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 223. The winner is predicted to problem Lovato subsequent as Machida, and Mousasi are the 2 greatest names within the 185-pound division.