Bellator 300: A Night of Champions Retaining Their Crowns

Bellator 300, a historic event in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), took place on October 7, 2023, at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. This event marked the promotion’s second visit to San Diego and was a significant milestone, being the 300th event in Bellator’s history. The event was filled with high-stakes fights, including four title bouts, and was broadcast live on SHOWTIME.

Main Card Highlights

The main card was headlined by a Lightweight World Championship bout between Usman Nurmagomedov and Brent Primus. Nurmagomedov, who entered the fight with an undefeated record, continued his winning streak by outclassing former champion Primus. The fight ended with a unanimous decision in favor of Nurmagomedov, solidifying his position as one of the top fighters in the lightweight division.

The co-main event featured the greatest women’s fighter of all time, Cris Cyborg, defending her Featherweight World Championship against Cat Zingano. Cyborg demonstrated her dominance once again, defeating Zingano via knockout in the first round.

Another title fight saw Liz Carmouche defend her Women’s Flyweight World Championship against Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. Carmouche, a top fighter from San Diego, successfully defended her belt, defeating Macfarlane via TKO in the fifth round.

Preliminary Card Highlights

The preliminary card also featured several exciting bouts. Leah McCourt faced Sara McMann in a featherweight bout, with McCourt winning via TKO in the first round. Sergio Cossio defeated Jesse Roberts via submission in the third round of their lightweight bout. Kai Kamaka III won a split decision against Henry Corrales in a featherweight bout.

Impact on Rankings

Following the event, the Bellator MMA fighter rankings saw some significant changes. Usman Nurmagomedov’s victory over Brent Primus helped him climb up to the No. 3 spot in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings. Cris Cyborg and Liz Carmouche, following their successful title defenses, also solidified their positions in their respective divisions.


Bellator 300 was a night of champions retaining their crowns, with all titleholders successfully defending their belts. The event showcased the skill and talent present in Bellator MMA, and set the stage for future high-stakes fights. As Bellator continues to grow and host more events, fans can look forward to more thrilling nights of MMA action.


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