Bellator makes a grand comeback to Chicago, presenting an extraordinary fight card that has the potential to etch its name in MMA history.
The highlight of the evening features a captivating clash in the light heavyweight division, as the reigning champion Vadim Nemkov locks horns with the esteemed Yoel Romero, a beloved figure among UFC fans. This titanic bout promises to deliver an unforgettable spectacle as these two formidable fighters vie for supremacy.
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However, stealing the spotlight as the most anticipated encounter is the co-main event. Sergio Pettis, making his much-awaited return after an extended hiatus, steps into the cage to defend his bantamweight championship. Standing in his way is the indomitable Patricio Pitbull, a former two-division titleholder. Pitbull aims to etch his name in the annals of MMA history by becoming the first fighter in a major promotion to secure three world titles across three different weight divisions. The stakes couldn’t be higher as these two exceptional athletes prepare to engage in a battle of epic proportions.
Bellator 297 Preview & Prediction
Vadim Nemkov (c) vs. Yoel Romero: In the upcoming championship bout between Vadim Nemkov and Yoel Romero, Romero’s MMA career stands out as one of the most intriguing in history. Despite his elite skills, he has never managed to capture a world title, often falling victim to self-sabotage. At 46 years old, Romero now faces a formidable young champion in Nemkov, who has showcased his strength by conquering formidable opponents on his path to the top.
Sergio Pettis vs. Patricio Pitbull: Sergio Pettis, the reigning champion, will face off against Patricio Pitbull in a highly anticipated showdown. Pettis comes into the bout with an impressive five-fight winning streak, remaining undefeated in his four Bellator appearances. However, his last fight against Horiguchi raised some concerns as it appeared that Pettis was being dominated before landing a perfect strike to secure the victory. Additionally, considering his time away from the cage, there are legitimate questions about how Pettis will perform on Friday night.
Here is the match card for Bellator 297: Nemkov vs Romero
Bellator 297: Full Fight Card
Bellator 297 main card (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)
- Vadim Nemkov vs. Yoel Romero; For Nemkov’s Bellator light heavyweight title
- Sergio Pettis vs. Patricio Pitbull; For Pettis’ Bellator bantamweight title
- Corey Anderson vs. Phil Davis; Light heavyweight
- Daniel James vs. Gokhan Saricam; Heavyweight
- Kyle Crutchmer vs. Bobby Nash; Welterweight
- Gadzhi Rabadanov vs. Pieter Buist; Lightweight
- Jaleel Willis vs. Ramazan Kuramagomedov; Welterweight
- Karl Moore vs. Alex Polizzi; Light heavyweight
- Wladmir Gouvea vs. Gabriel Sayeg; Heavyweight
- Archie Colgan vs. Emmanuel Sanchez; Lightweight
- Mike Hamel vs. Shamil Nikaev; Lightweight
- Norbert Novenyi Jr vs. Kamil Oniszczuk; Middleweight
- Timur Khizriev vs. Richie Smullen; Featherweight
- Jordan Newman vs. Matthew Perry; Middleweight
- Cody Law vs. Edwin Chavez; Featherweight
- Max Metzgar vs. David McKinney; Lightweight