Bellator 228: A Night of Thrilling Fights and Unforgettable Moments

Bellator 228, held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, was a night filled with thrilling fights and unforgettable moments. The event was headlined by a featherweight title bout between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Juan Archuleta, and also featured the completion of the first round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix.

The Main Event: Pitbull vs. Archuleta

In the main event, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defended his featherweight title against Juan Archuleta. The fight was a bloody battle, with Pitbull emerging victorious by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 49-46, 50-45, and 49-46 in favor of Pitbull, who showcased his explosive athleticism, accurate hooks and crosses, and underrated wrestling ability. Despite the loss, Archuleta proved his mettle, demonstrating relentless pace, pressure, and improved striking flow.

The Co-Main Event: Machida vs. Mousasi

The co-main event saw a rematch between former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and ex-Bellator champ Gegard Mousasi. The fight was a tactical affair, with both fighters wary of the other’s striking advantages. Mousasi managed to land more frequently and effectively in the first two rounds, including a shot in the first round that sent Machida flying backward. Machida, however, outstruck Mousasi in the third round, even attempting a guillotine choke that Mousasi was in until the bell. Mousasi won the fight via split decision.

Featherweight Grand Prix Highlights

Bellator 228 also marked the completion of the first round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. Notable fights included A.J. McKee’s knockout win over Georgi Karakhanyan in just 8 seconds of the first round, and Darrion Caldwell’s unanimous decision victory over Henry Corrales. Daniel Weichel also emerged victorious, defeating Saul Rogers via unanimous decision.

Following the conclusion of the fights, a “selection show” was held to determine the quarterfinal matchups of the Featherweight Grand Prix. The final matchups included A.J. McKee vs. Derek Campos in December, Darrion Caldwell vs. Adam Borics in January, Daniel Weichel vs. Emmanuel Sanchez in February, and Patricio Pitbull vs. Pedro Carvalho in March.

Conclusion

Bellator 228 was a night of high-stakes fights and memorable moments. From Pitbull’s title defense to the completion of the first round of the Featherweight Grand Prix, the event showcased the best of what Bellator has to offer. As the dust settles and the fighters prepare for their next bouts, fans can look forward to more thrilling action in the coming months.

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