The card for Bellator 301 will feature a pair of championship matches and a bout in the lightweight grand prix. The event takes place in November from Chicago and the Wintrust Arena.
Bellator 301 Adds Pair Of Title Fights, GP Semifinals
Two championship matches and a bout in the lightweight grand prix are on deck for Bellator 301.
Set for November 17 from Chicago and the Wintrust Arena, the card airs live on Showtime.
Patricky Pitbull and Alexander Shabliy collide in the Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix while former champion Raufeon Stotts takes on Danny Sabatello.
Here is a closer look at the key matches and the current fight card:
Yaroslav Amosov (C, 27-0) vs. Jason Jackson (#2, 16-4) – Welterweight World Championship Main Event
In his second appearance of 2023, undefeated BELLATOR Welterweight World Champion Yaroslav Amosov makes his return to the BELLATOR cage on the heels of an elite performance in front of the raucous Irish crowd at BELLATOR 291 this past February when he outclassed former interim welterweight champion Logan Storleyfor five rounds in a highly anticipated rematch and title unification bout.
This bout marked his return to mixed martial arts since his heroic defense of his home country of Ukraine and in dominant fashion, Amosov proved to be the best in the world at 170-pounds despite the time away from the sport. Boasting a blistering record of 27-0, Amosov holds the record for the longest current MMA undefeated streak, and at BELLATOR 301 he will put his streak and world title on the line when he faces off against number one contender Jason Jackson.
Impressively stringing together six victories in a row, Jason Jackson has proven to be an undeniable challenger for the BELLATOR Welterweight World Title. The Kill Cliff FC trained star enters his first bout of 2023 on the strength of defeating former welterweight world champion Douglas Lima with his relentless wrestling prowess at BELLATOR 283.
Sporting victories over the likes of MMA icons Paul Daleyand Benson Henderson and submission specialist Neiman Gracie, Jackson believes he has the tools to dismantle the No. 3-ranked men’s pound-for-pound great in Amosov in front of the electric Chicago crowd at BELLATOR 301.
Sergio Pettis (C, 23-5) vs. Patchy Mix (IC, 18-1) – Bantamweight World Championship Co-Main Event
Pettis, 29, returned from an over 18-month injury layoff this past June with a masterful title defense against the BELLATOR G.O.A.T., reigning Featherweight World Champion Patricio Pitbull, at BELLATOR 297 in Chicago. The No. 5-ranked pound-for-pound fighter silenced his detractors and reaffirmed his status as one of the best fighters in all of mixed martial arts with the victory, improving his record under the BELLATOR banner to a flawless 5-0.
The Wisconsin native and Roufusport product showed no sign of ring rust in the five-round domination of Pitbull, outclassing the longtime great with technical superiority. Regrettably forced from the $1M Grand Prix due to injury, Pettis will return to the Wintrust Arena and look to send the Chicago crowd into a frenzy once again with a winning effort against Mix this November, live on SHOWTIME.
After winning the Interim Bantamweight Championship, the Bantamweight World Grand Prix, and the tournament’s $1M grand prize, only one BELLATOR accolade remains absent from Patchy Mix’s trophy case: the undisputed Bantamweight World Championship.
At BELLATOR 301, Mix will go toe-to-toe with the Pettis in a fight for the ages sure to meet the Fight of the Year-caliber expectations it has earned from fans and pundits alike. Buffalo’s Mix, 30, has been on a rampage since his first chance at championship gold, notching five consecutive wins with a whopping four finishes. Most recently, Mix went viral by knocking out ex-interim champion Raufeon Stots with a vicious knee ninety seconds into their Grand Prix finale blockbuster.
Patricky Pitbull (#1, 25-11) vs. Alexander Shabliy (#2, 23-3) – Lightweight World Grand Prix Semifinal
Elsewhere on the talent stacked BELLATOR 301 main card, the Lightweight World Grand Prix for the highly coveted $1,000,000 grand prize continues with former BELLATOR Lightweight World Champion Patricky Pitbull taking on striking savant Alexander Shabliy in a semi-final matchup.
Last March at BELLATOR 292, Alexander Shabliy drew surging lightweight contender Tofiq Musayevin the opening round of the Lightweight World Grand Prix, where he came out victorious after a devastating body kick resulting in a TKO in round three.
Raufeon Stots (#2, 19-2) vs. Danny Sabatello (#6, 14-3) – Bantamweight Main Card Bout
Nearly one year to the day since they last met each other in the cage, former interim bantamweight champion Raufeon Stots and No. 6-ranked Danny Sabatello will reignite their heated rivalry, this time in The Italian Gangster’s backyard of Chicago. Last December at BELLATOR 289, the bantamweight phenoms engaged in a five-round back-and-forth brawl in the semi-finals of the Bantamweight World Grand Prix where Stots bested the highly decorated wrestler, granting him a ticket to the finals.
BELLATOR 301 Main Card
Friday, November 17 – Live on SHOWTIME
Wintrust Arena in Chicago
9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Welterweight World Title Bout: C-Yaroslav Amosov (27-0) vs. #2-Jason Jackson (16-4)
Bantamweight World Title Unification Main Event: C-Sergio Pettis (23-5) vs. IC-Patchy Mix (18-1)
Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-Final: #1-Patricky Pitbull (25-11) vs. #2-Alexander Shabliy (23-3)
Bantamweight Main Card Bout: #2-Raufeon Stots (19-2) vs. #6-Danny Sabatello (14-3)
BELLATOR 301 Preliminary Card:
BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel | Pluto TV
5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT
Heavyweight Bout: #5-Daniel James (15-7-1) vs. Ali Isaev (9-0-1)
Heavyweight Bout: #6-Tyrell Fortune (13-3) vs. #8-Marcelo Golm (10-4)
Featherweight Bout: #6-Timur Khizriev (13-0) vs. #7-Justin Gonzales (14-2)
Lightweight Bout: Mike Hamel (11-5) vs. Tim Wilde (16-4-1)
Flyweight Bout: #6-Denise Kielholtz (7-5) vs. #5-Sumiko Inaba (6-0)
160-Pound Contract Weight Bout: Islam Mamedov (22-3-1) vs. Killys Mota (15-3