Bellator 297 Announces Two World Title Fights – Here’s What We Know
On June 16th, 2023, Bellator 297 will hold two world championship fights at the Wintrust Arena, Chicago.
The upcoming headline match at Bellator features Vadim Nemkov (16-2, 1 NC), the light heavyweight champion going up against Yoel Romero (15-6), the third-ranked light heavyweight.
In November of last year at Bellator 288, Nemkov defeated Corey Anderson and established himself as the best fighter in his weight class.
This victory also allowed Nemkov to defend his title and win the light heavyweight world grand prix by beating Phil Davis and Julius Anglickas.
In contrast, Romero achieved consecutive third-round knockout wins against Alex Polizzi and Melvin Manhoef, earning him a sought-after opportunity against Nemkov.
#Bellator297 will be headlined by Vadim Nemkov vs. Yoel Romero and Sergio Pettis vs. Patricio Pitbull on June 16 in Chicago, Illinois
— MMA Orbit (@mma_orbit) March 27, 2023
In chief support, the no. 1-ranked pound-for-pound featherweight world champion, Patricio Pitbull will be challenging the current 135-pound champion Sergio Pettis, who will be defending his title.
Pitbull is striving to become the first-ever fighter to hold titles in three different weight divisions, despite having earned championships in two weight classes.
Pettis is aware that a victory in his upcoming fight would enable him to defend his title for the second time and prepare for a potential bout with the winner of the Bellator bantamweight world grand prix finals featuring Raufeon Stots and Patchy Mix.
The two main events will be broadcasted on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT.