Bellator returns to action tonight with Bellator 258, happening live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The show is headlined by Juan Archuleta putting his Bellator bantamweight championship on the line against former UFC contender Sergio Pettis. Archuleta has been a dominant force in the Bellator cage, only slipping up to featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. Pettis, meanwhile, is riding a three-fight winning streak, including two in the Bellator cage.
The co-main event showcases the return of action for heavy-hitting former two-time UFC title challenger Anthony Johnson. Originally scheduled to face Yoel Romero in the opening round of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, but he will now face replacement Jose Augusto for a shot to move to the semifinals against current Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov. Johnson has not fought since 2017, where he was submitted by Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight belt. Augusto, conversely, fought just over a month ago, submitting Jonathan Wilson at Bellator 255 to move his record to 7-2.
Elsewhere on the Bellator 258 main card, longtime Bellator staple Patricky Pitbull will look to get back in the win column against Irish standout “The Showstopper” Peter Queally. Flashy striker Michael Page also returns to action as he works to earn a title shot against the only man to ever defeat him, Douglas Lima. “Venom” Page will have to get past the surging Derek Anderson, who has looked great since moving up from the lightweight division in 2017. “The Barbaric” Anderson could skyrocket himself to contention with a win over Page in a matchup originally scheduled for Bellator 179.
The Bellator 258 preliminary card also features some high-profile matchups. Two important fights in the bantamweight division headlines the prelims, as Raufeon Stots brings a seven-fight win streak to the cage against Canadian World Series of Fighting and TUF 18 veteran “Gentleman” Josh Hill. Meanwhile, recent title challenger “Patchy” Patrick Mix takes on UFC veteran Albert Morales.
At middleweight, former Bellator champion Rafael Carvalho battles Lorenz Larkin on short notice while highly-touted prospect Johnny Eblen faces Daniel Madrid. Logan Storley will try to recover from his first career loss to Yaroslav Amosov as he fights Omar Hussein at welterweight. Bellator fan favorites Henry Corrales and Erik Perez return to action as well, facing Johnny Campbell and Blaine Shutt, respectively.
Stay tuned to MMA Sucka for up-to-date Bellator 258 results. The preliminary card starts at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT on Bellator’s YouTube page, followed by the main card at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT on Showtime.
Bellator 258 Results
Sergio Pettis def. Juan Archuleta via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46 x2), wins Bellator bantamweight championship
Anthony Johnson def. Jose Augusto via KO (punch), 1:30 of Round 2, advances to Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Peter Queally def. Patricky Pitbull via TKO (doctor’s stoppage for cut), 0:01 of Round 3
Michael Page def. Derek Anderson via TKO (doctor’s stoppage for broken nose), 5:00 of Round 1
Raufeon Stots def. Josh Hill via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Lorenz Larkin def. Rafael Carvalho via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Patrick Mix def. Albert Morales via submission (arm-triangle choke), 2:40 of Round 3
Logan Storley vs. Omar Hussein*
Johnny Eblen def. Daniel Madrid via KO (punches), 2:44 of Round 1
Johnny Campbell def. Henry Corrales via submission (rear-naked choke), 4:12 of Round 2
Johnny Soto def. Weber Almeida via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28 x2)
Erik Perez def. Blaine Shutt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)
*Bout cancelled as Hussein deemed medically unfit to compete