Los Angeles witnessed two monumental signings as BELLATOR MMA extended the contracts of two champions, Sergio Pettis and Patchy Mix. These long-term deals pave the way for an eagerly anticipated championship unification clash between the Bantamweight World Champion and the Interim Bantamweight Champion. While the exact fight details are yet to be announced, fans are eagerly awaiting this blockbuster title bout.
Sergio Pettis, hailing from Milwaukee and aged 29, has displayed unmatched prowess since joining BELLATOR in 2020. He swiftly climbed the divisional rankings and claimed the World Championship from Juan Archuleta at BELLATOR 258. In an unforgettable first title defense, Pettis delivered a spectacular spinning backfist knockout against former titlist Kyoji Horiguchi, earning the accolade of “Knockout of the Year.” Unfortunately, a knee injury in 2022 forced Pettis to withdraw from the $1,000,000 Bantamweight World Grand Prix. However, he made a triumphant return last month at BELLATOR 297, where he outclassed reigning Featherweight World Champion Patricio Pitbull. Currently ranked as BELLATOR’s No. 4 pound-for-pound talent, Pettis continues to dominate the bantamweight division.
During Pettis’ absence, Patchy Mix from Buffalo emerged as the victor of the Bantamweight World Grand Prix, earning the interim title. Mix, also 29 years old, has been a force to be reckoned with in BELLATOR. Along his journey to the Grand Prix finale, Mix defeated both Horiguchi and Magomed Magomedov. However, his most astonishing feat came in the form of an 80-second knee knockout against Raufeon Stots, a feat that resonated across social media platforms. With an impressive 86% finish rate inside the BELLATOR cage, Mix currently holds the No. 1 bantamweight and No. 9 pound-for-pound rankings.
Fans can expect the event and broadcast details for the highly anticipated Pettis vs. Mix fight to be revealed soon. This announcement solidifies both champions’ commitment to maintaining their dominance in the bantamweight division, as they have signed exclusive, multi-fight contract extensions.
Updated Schedule of BELLATOR Events
|Sun. Jul. 30||BELLATOR X RIZIN: Pitbull vs. McKee||Saitama Super Arena||Tokyo, JP|
|Fri. Aug. 11||BELLATOR 298: Storley vs. Ward||Sanford Pentagon||Sioux Falls, SD|
|Sat. Sept. 23||BELLATOR 299: Eblen vs. Edwards||3Arena||Dublin, IRE|