Live This Friday night from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut comes another edition of Bellator MMA action. Bellator 258 has a stacked main card of mixed martial arts action.
In the main event, the Bellator MMA Bantamweight World Championship is on the line as the incumbent, Juan “Spaniard” Archuleta (25-2 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) makes his first title defense of his new championship against Sergio Pettis, (20-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) the kid brother of former UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis. Archuleta defeated Patchy Mix in his return bout at bantamweight. Archuleta is gunning for his third straight win. Pettis has three straight wins in his own right, two under the Bellator umbrella.
In the co-main event, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (22-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) comes out of a four-year retirement to enter the Bellator MMA Light-Heavyweight Grand Prix Championship Tournament in his debut with the promotion when he takes on Brazil’s own Jose Augusto Azevedo (7-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Johnson’s last fight was a second-round submission loss to Daniel Cornier at UFC 210 back in April 2017. His last active appearance in combat was a decision loss to Ryan Bader at Submission Underground 19 back in December of 2020. Azevedo won his Bellator MMA debut against Jonathan Wilson over a month ago and will replace Yoel Romero in the Grand Prix. Romero failed to clear a medical screening and was disqualified from what was deemed to be one of the most exciting matchups of the year.
In lightweight action, Patricky Pitbull (23-9 MMA, 16-8 BMMA) goes head-to-head against Ireland’s own Peter Queally (12-5-1 MMA, 1-1, BMMA). Pitbull’s storied reputation as one of Bellator’s all-time leading fighters is at stake against a product of SBG Ireland, the home of one Conor McGregor.
The last of the main card pits Michael “Venum” Page (18-1 MMA, 14-1 BMMA) against Derek Anderson (17-3 MMA, 8-3 BMMA). Page has won five of his last six fights, including a 4-1 record back in 2019. Page defeated Ross Houston back in October 2020 while Anderson defeated Killys Mota back in November 2020.
Bellator 258 airs on Showtime with the main card airing at 9 PM ET with preliminary matches starting at 5:30 PM ET.