Three Fights Including Flyweight World Championship Added To Bellator 289 On Dec. 9

LOS ANGELES — A rematch for the BELLATOR World Flyweight Championship between Liz Carmouche (17-7) and the woman she defeated for the title, Juliana Velasquez (12-1), is scheduled for the co-main event of BELLATOR 289. on Friday, December 12. .9 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The five-round championship contest has been added to a card that already features the continuation of the BELLATOR Bantamweight World Grand Prix Semifinals as Raufeon Stots (18-1) defends his interim championship against the fast-rising star, Danny Sabatello (13-1), who is ranked No. 6, and Patchy Mix (16-1), who is ranked No. 2, take on Magomed Magomedov, who is ranked No. 3 (19-2). All the action will air LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 pm ET / 6 pm ET. YouTube channel and Pluto TV. Tickets for the event are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com. In addition to the confirmed main card, two hard-hitting preliminary fights are official for BELLATOR 289. The first is a welterweight fight in which Wisconsin’s Mark Lemminger (12-5) takes on Michael Lombardo (12-3-1), while the second bout is a featherweight tilt pitting highly touted prospect Cody Law (6-1) against fan favorite Cris “Sunshine” Lencioni (9-3), who is returning to BELLATOR MMA. Widely regarded as a pioneer of women’s mixed martial arts, Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche will make the first defense of her newly captured title in an immediate rematch against former champion Julianna Velasquez. A quick look at Carmouche’s recent exploits in the cage will show that the 38-year-old has turned back the clock since signing with BELLATOR in 2020. As a pro since 2010, Carmouche has looked dominant on her current four-fight win streak. about the qualifiers. BELLATOR flyweights DeAnna Bennett, Vanessa Porto, Kana Watanabe and Velasquez scored three finishes in the process. Carmouche’s fourth-round TKO of Velasquez at BELLATOR April 278 in Hawaii served as an emphatic conclusion to his long journey for a world title, setting up a highly anticipated rematch for BELLATOR’s return to Mohegan Sun Arena on December 9. . While April 22 will be remembered by Carmouche as the day she won her first MMA world title, it marked a bitter memory for former champion Julianna Velasquez. The 35-year-old Brazilian believes the referee’s stoppage in her fight with Carmouche was premature and, at the time of completion, Velasquez was leading 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 on the judges’ scorecards. . Velasquez will be looking to prove that the end of their last fight was a fluke, and an immediate rematch gives the former Brazilian national judo champion and jiu-jitsu purple belt a chance to recoup the only loss of her professional MMA career, regaining its a one-time title in the process. For more information on upcoming BELLATOR MMA events, visit BELLATOR.com. BELLATOR 289: STOTS VS. SABATELLO MAIN CARD: SHOWFriday, December 9 — 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm ET Title Match: C–Liz Carmouche (17-7) vs. #1-Juliana Velasquez (12-1) Bantamweight World Grand Prix Semifinal: #2– Irregular Mix (16-1) vs. #3-Magomed Magomedov (19- 2) BELLATOR 289: STOTS VS. SABATELLO PRELIMINARY CARD: BELLATOR MMA YouTube Channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel | Pluto TV6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. 1)

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