Bellator 295 Recap: Mix Claims Grand Prix Title with Stunning KO

Bellator 295, which took place on April 22, 2023, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, was a night of intense mixed martial arts action that culminated in a dramatic finish in the Bantamweight Grand Prix final. The event featured a mix of knockouts, submissions, and closely contested decisions that kept the fans on the edge of their seats.

Main Event: Patchy Mix vs. Raufeon Stots

In the highly anticipated main event, Patchy Mix faced Raufeon Stots for the interim Bellator Bantamweight World Championship and the $1 million grand prize of the Bantamweight Grand Prix. Mix delivered a stunning performance, securing a knockout victory with a knee in the first round, just 1 minute and 20 seconds into the fight. This victory not only earned him the interim title and the grand prize but also positioned him as a Knockout of the Year contender.

Co-Main Event: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Kana Watanabe

The co-main event saw former Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane take on Kana Watanabe in a closely fought battle. Macfarlane emerged victorious via split decision, making a strong case for a final title shot and the opportunity to potentially retire as a champion in her home state of Hawaii.

Other Highlights

  • Yancy Medeiros showcased his submission skills with a rear-naked choke victory over Charlie Leary in the first round.
  • Aaron Pico returned to the win column with a dominant unanimous decision win against James Gonzalez, marking his first fight back after recovering from a shoulder injury.

The preliminary card also featured impressive performances, including unanimous decision wins by Mads Burnell, Kai Kamaka III, and Sumiko Inaba, among others.

Bellator 295 was a testament to the excitement and unpredictability of MMA, with fighters like Patchy Mix and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane shining brightly in front of a passionate Hawaiian crowd. The event set the stage for future matchups and left fans eagerly anticipating what’s next in the Bellator cage.

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