Bellator MMA returns to the Constitution State. (Photo courtesy of Lucas Noonan)
Before closing out 2022 in Japan, Bellator 289 takes place in Uncasville, Connecticut. Atop the stacked card lies the headliner between Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello. The grudge match is set to be for the interim Bellator bantamweight title and also serves as a semi-final for the promotion’s World Grand Prix.
In the co-main event, Juliana Velasquez seeks revenge against current champ Liz Carmouche. Velasquez was dethroned by Carmouche in a controversial stoppage and the two run it back for flyweight gold.
Also on the card is another semi-final matchup between Patchy Mix and Magomed Magomedov. The bantamweights aren’t fighting for gold just yet, but the victor will get the next title shot against the winner of Stots vs. Sabatello.
Here are the results for Bellator 289, with MMA Island covering live from Mohegan Sun Arena.
Cass Bell defeats Jared Scoggins by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Michael Lombardo defeats Mark Lemminger by KO (R1 4:23)
Kai Kamaka III defeats Kevin Boehm by TKO (R3 3:23)
Christian Echols defeats Pat Downey by KO (R1 2:27)
Cris Lencioni defeats Cody Law by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jaleel Willis defeats Kyle Crutchmer by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Ilara Joanne defeats #3-Denise Kielholtz by split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Dalton Rosta defeats Anthony Adams by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Bantamweight World Grand Prix Semi-final: Patchy Mix defeats Magomed Magomedov by submission (guillotine) (R2 2:39)
Flyweight Title Fight: (C) Liz Carmouche defeats Juliana Velasquez by submission (armbar) (R2 4:24)
Interim Bantamweight Title Fight, WGP Semi-final: (IC) Raufeon Stots defeats Danny Sabatello by split decision (50-45, 47-48, 47-48