LOS ANGELES — BELLATOR MMA featherweight kingpin and No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Patricio “Pitbull” (33-5 MMA, 21-5 BMMA) defends his World Championship towards surging Hungarian Adam Borics (18-1, 9-1 BMMA) as the primary occasion of BELLATOR 286 on Saturday, October 1 at The Lengthy Seashore Area in Lengthy Seashore, Calif. In an eye-popping co-main occasion, Lengthy Seashore’s native son AJ McKee (18-1 MMA, 18-1 BMMA) will make his light-weight debut, as the previous 145-pound champion takes on Spike Carlyle (14-3, 1-0 BMMA), who rides a 5-fight wave of profitable momentum into the excessive profile co-main occasion.
The primary card of BELLATOR 286: Pitbull vs. Borics will air LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10:00 pm EST, whereas the preliminary portion of the occasion will air free-to-watch starting at 7:00 PM ET on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, the SHOWTIME Sports activities YouTube channel, and Pluto TV. A bantamweight tilt that includes undefeated former LFA champion Richard Palencia (10-0) versus Cee Jay Hamilton (15-9) is confirmed for the undercard.
Tickets for the large occasion in Southern California will go on sale Friday, August 12 with a particular presale the day prior, and could be bought Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com.
Reigning BELLATOR featherweight champion, pound-for-pound kingpin, and MMA residing legend Patricio ‘Pitbull’ returns to the BELLATOR cage for the primary time since reclaiming his title from nemesis AJ McKee by unanimous choice of their BELLATOR 277 rematch. For the primary protection of his third championship reign, Pitbull will face the red-hot #2-ranked contender, Hungary’s Adam Borics in the primary occasion of BELLATOR’s return to Lengthy Seashore, California. Pitbull, 35, has been one of many faces of BELLATOR for effectively over a decade. The Brazilian finisher grew to become simply the second BELLATOR fighter to concurrently maintain two titles when he knocked out then-lightweight champion Michael Chandler within the first spherical of their 2019 assembly, and his resume is as prolonged and famend as anybody’s in MMA, no matter promotion. The winner of eight of his final ten, Pitbull has continued to show his dominance into his mid-30s. In opposition to Borics, Pitbull will look to start one more profitable period as the highest canine at 145-pounds.
29-year-old Hungarian Adam Borics has been as spectacular as marketed when he signed with BELLATOR in 2017 as one among Europe’s brightest younger skills. “The Child” has been practically good contained in the BELLATOR cage, amassing 5 straight finishes in as many outings to begin his tenure with the promotion, constructing a spotlight reel with wins over former champion Pat Curran, Aaron Pico, Jeremy Kennedy and Mads Burnell. At the moment using a four-fight profitable streak, his successes and marked enhancements in every subsequent bout have seen Borics catapult into the higher echelon of the featherweight division, touchdown at his present perch because the division’s #2-ranked contender. The battle with ‘Pitbull’ would be the largest of the Kill Cliff FC product’s profession, but when his current performances are any indication, Borics is prepared for his bid at BELLATOR championship gold.
Whereas ‘Pitbull’ faces a brand new challenger in the primary occasion of BELLATOR’s return to Lengthy Seashore, a well-known face in California-based star AJ “The Mercenary” McKee will look to make a robust first impression within the light-weight division within the present’s co-main occasion. In his consequential light-weight debut, McKee, 27, strikes up a weight class to face a troublesome opponent in arguably the hardest division in BELLATOR’s present panorama. The previous champion is keen to rebound from his first profession loss, in addition to to announce his arrival at 155 kilos to the remainder of the division. Along with his new weight class dominated by the brother of Patricio ‘Pitbull,’ Patricky, McKee has a transparent goal at which his efforts shall be aimed north of featherweight. First, he must dispatch a troublesome opponent in Carlyle, who’s 1-0 in his BELLATOR tenure, with an much more current victory in Japanese-based promotion RIZIN’s ring this previous April.
Spike “The Alpha Ginger” Carlyle, at 29-years-old, is keen to provide former featherweight champion AJ McKee a heat welcome to the 155 lb. division in entrance of “The Mercenary’s” hometown of Lengthy Seashore. Carlyle is on a roll, having received 5 straight fights with a whopping 5 finishes throughout that span. In fact, this present stretch consists of Carlyle’s wild, comeback submission victory over Dan Moret within the third spherical of their BELLATOR 272 affair. In opposition to McKee, Carlyle finds himself in a large matchup for each the division and fight sports activities followers. A win over the previous titleholder can be the most important of his skilled profession and sure vault him into the division’s rankings.
BELLATOR 286: PITBULL VS. BORICS MAIN CARD:
Saturday, October 1 — 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT
Featherweight World Championship: #1-P4P–Patricio “Pitbull” (33-5) vs. #2-Adam Borics (18-1)
Light-weight Co-Important Occasion: #1-AJ McKee (18-1) vs. Spike Carlyle (14-3)
BELLATOR 286: PITBULL VS. BORICS PRELIMINARY CARD:
BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports activities YouTube channel | Pluto TV
7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT
Bantamweight Bout: Richard Palencia (10-0) vs. Cee Jay Hamilton (15-9)
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