Bellator To Debut On Showtime With 3 Massive Fight Cards

Bellator is back



Bellator is back. Bellator 255, 256, and 257 will have a new home, as the promotion has made a new deal with Showtime.

The promotion debuts on  April 9th and has another big event the following weekend on April 16th. Both cards will feature the beginning of the much-anticipated eight-man Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix. This tournament will be glorious for MMA fans everywhere as it will feature Yoel Romero and Anthony Rumble Johnson, two of the promotions big fish signings. Romero was always a UFC contender and lost a pretty close decision to Israel Adesanya in his last bout.

Anthony Rumble Johnson will be fighting for the first time since 2017, ending a long retirement. Much like Yoel Romero, Rumble Johnson’s last loss was also in a fight for a UFC belt when he lost to Daniel Cormier. This fight is going down, and it is going to be glorious. Here are how the first three events of the Showtime era are shaping up.

Bellator 255:

Beginning on April 2nd, the first Showtime event will see Patricio Freire defending the featherweight title in a rematch against Emmanuel Sanchez. The title bout serves as the semi-finals of the ongoing Featherweight World Grand Prix.“Pitbull” successfully defended his title against Sanchez by unanimous decision at Bellator 209 in November 2018. The winner of Freire vs Sanchez will take on A.J. McKee for the tournament championship that pays the belt and $1 million. It’s Showtime!

Bellator 256:

on April 9th, the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix starts with a bang. Former 205-pound champion and reigning heavyweight champion Ryan Bader takes on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in the main event. This is a rematch of their 2012 fight, which took place in the UFC. Machida emerged victorious, scoring a second-round knockout.  The co-main event will feature another WGP bout as Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov takes on Corey Anderson.

Bellator 257:

The last of the big three cards announced, Bellator 257 is going to be lit as hell.

This card will take place on April 16th and will feature two massive fights. The first matchup is a super fight with Anthony Rumble Johnson taking on Yoel Romero. These are the two big fish signings the promotion has made, and this matchup will be violent. Both fighters left the UFC after failing to win the belt and hungry to prove they belong. Romero certainly will be the favorite coming into this one but don’t sleep on Rumble, or he will turn your lights off.

The evening’s main event will showcase a Light Heavyweight title match between Vadim Nemkov and Phil Davis. This is the second time these two warriors will meet. Nemkov defeated Davis by split decision at Bellator 209 back in 2018. Phil Davis will be hungry for redemption and will be looking to keep this bout out of the judge’s hands.

This is the best tournament in the world and it’s on Bellator on Showtime. The most stacked light heavyweight division in the world will all have to fight each other to determine a champion. This is how combat sports should be. You can’t run, you can’t hide. You simply have to fight the best to be the best. Bellator is back.


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