Bellator 301 has been announced, headlined by a pair of massive title fights.
The Scott Coker-led company is currently in a bit of a weird spot. For the better part of 2023, there have been rumors that Bellator will be sold to the PFL. As of now, the two appear to still be in discussions over a nearly $900 million dollar deal, which would see the Viacom company sold.
Furthermore, promotional material has been released teasing that October’s Bellator 300 will be their final event. Since then, Scott Coker has revealed that the company is still planning future fights and cards. Earlier this summer, he stated that 301 was nearly finalized, and it appears that he’s a man of his word.
Earlier today, the company announced that Bellator 301 will go down on November 17th in Chicago. The card is expected to be headlined by a welterweight title clash between Yaroslav Amosov and Jason Jackson. ‘Dynamo’ easily dominated interim champion Logan Storley in his return in February.
However, that’s not the only title fight on Bellator 301. Slated for the co-main event is the return of Sergio Pettis, as he faces interim champion Patchy Mix. In June, ‘The Phenom’ ended a near-two-year-long layoff to dominate Patricio Pitbull, taking away the Brazilian’s dreams of yet another title.
Lastly, there were two undercard bouts announced for Bellator 301. Firstly, there’s the semifinal for the lightweight Grand Prix, as Patricky Pitbull faces Alexander Shabily. For his part, the former champion is coming off a knockout win over Roberto De Souza at Bellator X RIZIN 2 in July.
Lastly, a bantamweight rematch between Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello has also been added. In their first outing last December at Bellator 289, ‘Supa’ won by a split decision. Less than a year later, they will make a return to the cage against each other once again.
Despite the uncertain times for Bellator MMA, the promotion continues to book events.
Wednesday, promotion officials informed MMA Junkie that Bellator 301 will take place Nov. 17 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago with two title fights, a tournament fight, and a grudge rematch already scheduled for the main card. The card was first announced on “The MMA Hour.”
In the main event, Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov (27-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) defends his title against Jason Jackson (16-4 MMA, 7-1 BMMA). The co-main event features a highly-anticipated bantamweight unification bout between undisputed champion Sergio Pettis (23-5 MMA, 9-5 BMMA) and interim champion Patchy Mix (18-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA).
The Bellator lightweight grand prix rolls on in the featured bout with a semifinal fight between Patricky Freire (25-11 MMA, 16-9 BMMA) and Alexander Shabliy (23-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA). Additionally, a bantamweight grudge match will be run back as Danny Sabtello (14-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) gets a home state fight vs. Raufeon Stots (19-2 MMA, 7-1 BMMA).
The full Bellator 301 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)
- Champion Yaroslav Amosov vs. Jason Jackson – for welterweight title
- Champion Patchy Mix vs. interim champion Patchy Mix – for bantamweight title unification
- Patricky Freire vs. Alexander Shabliy
- Danny Sabatello vs. Raufeon Stots
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 5 p.m. ET)
- Ali Isaev vs. Daniel James
- Tyrell Fortune vs. Marcelo Golm
- Justin Gonzales vs. Timur Khizriev
- Mike Hamel vs. Tim Wilde
- Sumiko Inaba vs. Denise Kielholtz
- Islam Mamedov vs. Killys Mota
Event: Bellator 301: “Amosov vs. Jackson”
Date: Fri., Nov. 17, 2023
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois
How To Watch: Showtime (watch here)
170 lbs.: Champion Yaroslav Amosov (27-0) vs. Jason Jackson (16-4)
135 lbs.: Champion Sergio Pettis (23-5) vs. interim champion Patchy Mix (18-1)
155 lbs.: Patricky Pitbull (25-11) vs. Alexandr Shabliy (23-3) Lightweight Grand Prix bout
155 lbs.: A.J. McKee (20-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (17-5)
135 lbs.: Raufeon Stots (19-2) vs. Danny Sabatello (14-3)
265 lbs.: Daniel James (15-7-1) vs. Ali Isaev (9-0-1)
265 lbs.: Tyrell Fortune (13-3) vs. Marcelo Golm (10-4)
145 lbs.: Timur Khizriev (13-0) vs. Justin Gonzales (14-2)
155 lbs.: Archie Colgan (8-0) vs. Pieter Buist (17-7)
125 lbs.: Juliana Velasquez (12-2) vs. Paula Cristina (6-2)
125 lbs.: Keri Taylor Melendez (5-0) vs. Sabriye Sengul (3-3)
135 lbs.: Matheus Mattos (13-2-1) vs. Richard Palencia (10-1)
155 lbs.: Mike Hamel (11-5) vs. Tim Wilde (16-4-1)
125 lbs.: Denise Kielholtz (7-5) vs. Sumiko Inaba (6-0)
160 lbs.: Islam Mamedov (22-3-1) vs. Killys Mota (15-3)
145 lbs.: Cody Law (7-2) vs. Jefferson Pontes (6-0)
170 lbs.: Ramazan Kuramagomedov (11-0) vs. Randall Wallace (20-9-1)
145 lbs.: Yves Landu (19-9) vs. Isao Kobayashi (27-5-2)
The Finale ^