Bellator 255: A Detailed Recap and Analysis of the Thrilling MMA Event

Bellator 255, also known as Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2, was a mixed martial arts event that took place on April 2, 2021, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. This event marked Bellator’s first of the year following a four-month break after Bellator 254. The event was headlined by the semi-final of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Tournament, with Patricio Freire and Emmanuel Sanchez facing off in a rematch.

Main Event: Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2

The main event featured a featherweight title rematch between two-division champ Patricio Pitbull and Emmanuel Sanchez. The bout served as a semi-final bout in the Bellator featherweight grand prix. Patricio Freire, also known as Pitbull, defeated Emmanuel Sanchez via submission (guillotine choke) in the first round, just 3 minutes and 35 seconds into the fight.

Pitbull, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, showcased his explosive athleticism and accurate hooks and crosses. He also demonstrated his underrated wrestling ability and dangerous guillotine choke, which ultimately led to his victory.

On the other hand, Emmanuel Sanchez, also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, is known for his relentless pace and pressure, high-volume striking, and solid scrambling. Despite his efforts, Sanchez was unable to overcome Pitbull’s dominance in the rematch.

Co-Main Event: Jason Jackson vs. Neiman Gracie

The co-main event was a welterweight bout between Jason Jackson and Neiman Gracie. Jackson overcame an eye injury and defeated Gracie through a unanimous decision after three full rounds. Jackson’s repeated calf kicks and sharp stand-up game were significant factors in his victory. Despite Gracie’s expertise in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he was unable to leverage his ground game effectively against Jackson.

Other Notable Fights

Other notable fights included Tyrell Fortune defeating Jack May via TKO (strikes) in the first round, Usman Nurmagomedov defeating Mike Hamel via unanimous decision, and Kana Watanabe defeating Alejandra Lara via split decision.


Bellator 255 was a thrilling event that showcased the skills and determination of some of the best fighters in the world. The main event, Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2, was a testament to the high level of competition in Bellator, with Pitbull’s victory solidifying his status as one of the top fighters in the featherweight division. The co-main event and other fights also provided exciting action and demonstrated the depth of talent in Bellator’s roster. Fans and analysts alike eagerly anticipate the next event, as Bellator continues to deliver high-quality MMA action.


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