First Fight Reportedly Confirmed For Bellator’s July Return

If all goes according to plan, Bellator MMA will be ready to return in grand fashion. Even just a few days away, the promotion is looking to fill a card with solid fights.

Combate was the first to report a rumored bout for Bellator’s return inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on July 24. A bantamweight bout between Sergio Pettis and Ricky Bandejas appears to be set. MMA Junkie was able to confirm plans for the fight.

Recently signing with Bellator, Sergio Pettis (19-5) is on a two-fight win streak. The 26-year-old made his professional debut in 2011 and started with the UFC in 2013. He ended up 9-5 with the promotion, his last fight a win against Tyson Nam in September. A free agent, Pettis signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator. He made his promotional debut in January, beating Alfred Khashakyan at Bellator 238 via submission.

Following an amateur record dating back to the early 2010s, Ricky Bandejas turned professional in 2014. The 28-year-old Bandejas (13-3) signed with Bellator in 2018 following a run with CFFC. He beat James Gallagher in his debut at Bellator 204. The New Jersey native is 3-2 with the promotion and is on a two-fight win streak. He last fought in February, beating Frans Miambo at Bellator 240.

The last event Bellator had was Bellator 240 in Dublin. In the main event, Leah McCourt beat Judith Ruis while Brent Primus beat Chris Bungard. A few days after the promotion revealed plans for its summer lineup, COVID-19 started spreading across America.

While not confirmed, the event could be called Bellator 241. The initial Bellator 241 on March 13 in Uncasville was eventually postponed, the first major MMA event to disappear from the fight schedule.

Additionally, Combate is reporting that August 7 could be another fight night for Bellator.

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