Bellator MMA is set to host a marquee event on April 15. in San Jose, California – with a championship doubleheader booked for their Bellator 277 billed event.
Taking main event honors; a featherweight championship rematch between the undefeated reigning champion, A.J. McKee, and former two-weight titleholder, Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire in a re-run of this July matchup last year.
The promotion has also booked a light heavyweight World Grand Prix final bout between division champion, Vadim Nemkov, and promotional perfect contender, Corey Anderson. The OCR reporter, Brian Martin was first to report the headlining and co-main event championships bouts.
Headlining Bellator 263 at the end of July, McKee, a promotional staple of Bellator, managed to clinch the featherweight World Grand Prix and undisputed title with a standing guillotine win over former duel-weight champion, Pitbull.
The victory came as the Californian’s eighteenth straight, following prior Grand Prix wins over Darion Caldwell, Derrek Campos, and Georgi Karakhanyan.
32-5 as a professional, Pitbull, who vacated his lightweight championship following his loss to McKee, saw his incredible seven-fight winning run snapped by McKee last summer. Landing three Grand Prix victories prior to the finale outing, Pitbull defeated Juan Archuleta, Pedro Carvalho, and Emmanuel Sanchez.
Russian standout, Nemkov, a product of iconic former Pride FC standout and current heavyweight contender, Fedor Emelianenko, has already landed two successful defenses of his light heavyweight title during the division Grand Prix.
Defeating former two-weight champion, Ryan Bader with a title-clinching high-kick, Nemkov would then secure a unanimous decision win over both Phil Davis, and then submitted Julius Anglickas with a fourth round kimura back in October.
3-0 since his transition to the Scott Coker-led promotion, Anderson, a UFC light heavyweight alum debuted with a knockout win over Melvin Manhoef, before entering the Grand Prix with a stoppage win over Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, and in October of last year, stopped common-foe, Bader with first round strikes.
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