The Bellator 243 lineup is rolling out.
On Aug. 7, Bellator will head again to Mohegan Solar Area for its second occasion since coming back from hiatus because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Headlining the cardboard can be a rematch between former Bellator light-weight champion Michael Chandler and former UFC light-weight champion Benson Henderson.
A number of sources knowledgeable MMA Junkie of the bookings Thursday however requested to stay nameless because the promotion has but to make an official announcement. Combate was first to report Chandler vs. Henderson 2.
Chandler (20-5 MMA, 17-5 BMMA) and Henderson (28-Eight MMA, 5-Three UFC) first fought at Bellator 165 in November 2016. On the time, Chandler was Bellator’s 155-pound titleholder. After 5 rounds, the battle went to the judges’ scorecards, with Chandler declared the cut up resolution winner.
Since their first assembly, Chandler has gone 4-1. His lone loss was an unsuccessful title protection in opposition to Patricio Freire. After dropping his belt, Chandler defeated Sidney Outlaw by knockout final December.
As for Henderson, “Easy” dropped a battle to Patricky Freire after dropping to Chandler. He has since rattled off 4 straight victories.
Mitrione (13-7 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) has gone 0-2 with a no contest in his previous three fights. He was anticipated to battle Ronny Markes at Bellator 241 in March, nevertheless, the occasion was canceled simply hours previous to its scheduled begin time.
Johnson (13-6 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) is coming off an enormous upset victory at Bellator 239 in February. Taking up undefeated prospect Tyrell Fortune, Johnson pulled off a highlight-reel first-round knockout by way of punches.
Bellator 243 takes place Friday, Aug. 7 at Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, Conn. The principle card is predicted to simulcast on DAZN and Paramount Community after prelims on MMA Junkie.