Bellator 289 Recap: Stots Triumphs, Carmouche Defends, and Mix Shines

Bellator 289, held on December 9, 2022, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, was a night of thrilling mixed martial arts action. The event was headlined by the semi-finals of the Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix Tournament and a title defense in the women’s flyweight division.

Stots vs. Sabatello: A Battle for the Interim Bantamweight Championship

In the main event, Raufeon Stots faced off against Danny Sabatello for the Interim Bellator Bantamweight Championship. Stots, who had previously defeated Juan Archuleta, continued his winning streak by securing a victory over Sabatello via split decision. This win not only allowed Stots to retain his interim title but also advanced him to the finals of the Bantamweight Grand Prix.

Carmouche vs. Velasquez: A Rematch for the Flyweight Title

The co-main event saw a rematch between flyweight champion Liz Carmouche and former champion Juliana Velasquez. Their first encounter ended in a controversial TKO victory for Carmouche. This time, Carmouche left no room for doubt, submitting Velasquez with an armbar in the second round to retain her title.

Mix vs. Magomedov: A Grand Prix Semi-Final Showdown

The other semi-final bout of the Bantamweight Grand Prix featured Patchy Mix and Magomed Magomedov. Mix emerged victorious, submitting Magomedov with a guillotine choke in the second round. This win secured Mix’s spot in the finals of the Grand Prix, setting the stage for a showdown with Stots.

Other Notable Fights

Dalton Rosta defeated Anthony Adams via unanimous decision in a middleweight bout. In the preliminary card, Christian Echols knocked out Pat Downey with an uppercut in the first round, and Kai Kamaka III defeated Kevin Boehm via TKO in the third round.

Looking Ahead

With the conclusion of Bellator 289, fans are eagerly anticipating the finals of the Bantamweight Grand Prix. The stage is set for a thrilling encounter between Raufeon Stots and Patchy Mix. As we look forward to more exciting bouts in the future, Bellator 289 will be remembered as a night of intense competition and memorable performances.


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