The Bellator 289 results are in for Stots vs Sabatello. It was another highly entertaining night put on by Bellator. The event went live December 9, 2022 from Uncasville, CT. All fights aired live on Showtime.
In the main event, Raufeon Stots vs Danny Sabatello for the interim bantamweight championship, the fight went the distance in favor for the defending champion. The game plan was clear throughout the fight. Stots was looking to strike with his opponent while Sabatello was after ground control. It was Stots who appeared to have the better strategy however. Even when Sabatello got the fight to the ground, it appeared to be Stots who was the bigger threat from his back, attempting submissions and continuing to throw elbows. Two of the three judges saw it for the defending champion. Here’s Sabatello’s thoughts on the decision, courtesy of MMA Fighting on SBN.
This sets up a fight between Raufeon Stots vs Patchy Mix for the Grand Prix final and the chance to take home a million dollars. Mix had an excellent performance against his opponent Magomed Magomedov. Mix used his boxing to nullify Magomedov’s strikes until he was able to secure a round 2 guillotine choke that turned off the lights for Magomedov.
The co-main event was champion Liz Carmouche vs Julianna Velasquez in the women’s flyweight championship. This was their second meeting of the year. In the first fight Velasquez was winning before a controversial finish saw Carmouche win. In this fight Carmouche put the doubters to rest as she came out aggressive and dominated the fight with her grappling before ending the fight in the second round via armbar submission.
Here’s Liz Carmouche at the post fight press conference, courtesy of Bellator MMA. Below that are the remaining Bellator 289 results, Stots vs Sabatello.
Bellator 289 Fight Card
Main Card (airing on Showtime 9:00pm ET)
Raufeon Stots (19-1-0) vs Danny Sabatello (13-2-0) – bantamweight World Grand Prix – Stots by decision
Liz Carmouche #c (18-7-0) vs Juliana Velasquez (12-2-0) – women’s flyweight world championship – Carmouche by submission
Patchy Mix (17-1-0) vs Magomed Magomedov (19-3-0) – bantamweight world grand prix – Mix by submission
Dalton Rosta (8-0-0) vs Anthony Adams (9-3-0) = middleweight feature bout – Rosta by decision
Prelims (airing on Showtime 5:25pm ET)
Cody Law (6-2-0) vs Cris Lencioni (10-3-0) – featherweight bout – Lencioni by decision
Kyle Crutchmer (9-2-0) vs Jaleel Willis (16-4-0) – welterweight bout – Willis by decision
Denise Kielholtz (6-5-0) vs Ilara Joanne (11-6-0) – women’s flyweight bout – Joanne by decision
Cass Bell (6-2-0) vs Jared Scoggins (10-3-0) – bantamweight bout – Bell by decision
Mark Lemminger (12-6-0) vs Michael Lombardo (13-3-0) – welterweight bout – Lombardo by KO
Kai Kamaka III (10-5-1) vs Kevin Boehm (9-6-0) – featherweight bout – Kamaka by TKO
Pat Downey (1-1-0) vs Christian Echols (3-2-0) – middleweight bout – Echols by KO
That wraps it up for the Bellator 289 results Stots vs Sabatello. The next event for Bellator is the Bellator vs Rizin event set to take place New Years Eve Saturday, December 31st, 2022 with prelims at 6:00 PM ET. This should be an interesting event but much of the card is still to be announced, check back for further updates.
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