Bellator 246 will not only be the last Bellator show on the Paramount Network but will see a new bantamweight champion crowned. The promotion will move to the CBS Sports Network starting next month. Former champion Kyoji Horiguchi vacated the belt due to suffering an ACL injury.
Juan Archuleta (24-2) and Patchy Mix (13-0) will meet in a highly anticipated championship match up. Archuleta is coming off competing against champion Patricio Pitbull for the featherweight championship. In his most recent fight, Archuleta rebounded that loss from Pitbull and beat Henry Corales. Mix has been undefeated in his pro career and has finished all his Bellator fights in amazing fashion. He also represented the promotion during the crossover show with RIZIN New Year’s Eve last year.
The co-main event of Bellator 246 will see two grapplers clash. Jon Fitch (32-7-2) takes on Neiman Gracie (9-1) in a match that could see the winner take on welterweight champion Douglas Lima. Both competed against former champion Rory MacDonald when Macdonald was with the promotion. Fitch went to a draw with MacDonald in a fight that many scored for Fitch. Gracie went to a decision loss.
Rounding out the rest of the main card is a women’s flyweight match between two debuting Bellator fighters. Liz Carmouche (13-7) will be taking on DeAnna Bennett (10-6-1).
Opening the card will be a lightweight match between Derek Campos (20-10) taking on the undefeated Keoni Diggs (8-0).
The prelims will feature the following fights: In a heavyweight match Davion Franklin (1-0) will take on Ras Hylton (6-4). In middleweight, Ty Gwerder (4-1) will take on George Tokkos (4-1). In another middleweight match, Daniel Madrid (17-6) will take on Pat Casey (6-2).
Follow along with MMASucka as we provide you with the results throughout Bellator 245.
MAIN CARD (Paramount Network/DAZN – 10 p.m. ET)
Juan Archuleta def. Patchy Mix via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to become the new Bellator Bantamweight Champion
Nieman Gracie def. Jon Fitch via submission (heel hook) in 4:47 of Round 2
Liz Carmouche def. DeAnna Bennett via submission (rear-naked choke) in 3:17 of Round 3
Keoni Diggs def. Derek Campos via technical submission (rear-naked choke) in 4:59 of Round 3
PRELIMINARY CARD (Bellator Youtube Channel – 8:45 p.m. ET)
Daniel Madrid def. Pat Casey via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Ty Gwerder def. George Tokkos via TKO (knee) in 1:05 of Round 3
Davion Franklin def. Ras Hylton via technical decision in Round 3 (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)