You have got to love the tournament format that Bellator has resurrected. Any time you match up the top talents in a division, it is hard to deny a tournament will showcase how special fighters inside these divisions truly are.
With Bellator 282 in the books, it didn’t take long for the MMA world to take notice of the great semi-final matchups we are in store for. This wasn’t always the case for the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix as it looked to be in shambles early on when Sergio Pettis and James Gallagher pulled out due to injuries – but that is the beautiful thing about MMA, even without the household names on the marquee, these Bellator fighters always step up to show why they deserve a shot to be a champion.
With a hard gritty submission win over Enrique Barzola, Magomed Magomedov advanced to the semifinals and will face Patchy Mix. Patchy was invited to enter the Bellator cage for what was a very respectful stare-down. The respect level was great to see as you got a sense that both men knew the challenge they are up against and aren’t taking it lightly.
On the flip side, the respect aspect was not there for the other semi-final fight. Once we learned it will be Danny Sabatello vs. Raufeon Stots with Sabatello’s decision win over Leandro Higo, Bellator wasted no time inviting Raufeon Stots into the cage and having the two square up. Some might have wished that this was the final after their brief exchange of words, but there are no complaints here. We all know the build-up will be super exciting with the war of words before they go to battle inside the cage.
All Eyes on the Bellator Bantamweight Final Four
Who knows if it was the trash-talking between Danny Sabatello and Raufeon Stots that made this tournament more highly anticipated and talked about for the fight fans as we get closer to the finals, but the four competitors match up so perfectly in fighting style that this tournament could be one we talk about for years to come.
With the final four set, who do you think will be the final victor in the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments below.
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