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2021 Bellator MMA event schedule: Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee among big fights on tap for summer


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Bellator MMA is back in a big way. The promotion returned with its debut card for 2021 on April 2 and saw two-division champion Patricio Pitbull defend his featherweight crown with a first-round submission of Emmanuel Sanchez. The win sets up a massive fight later this year against top contender AJ McKee in the World Featherweight Grand Prix final that also has $1 million up for grabs. The two are officially set to meet on July 31 in Los Angeles in what could be the biggest fight in promotional history.

Plus, the promotion opened up its latest Grand Prix, this time in the light heavyweight division. The four men remaining head to the semifinals as champion Vadim Nemkov, Corey Anderson, Ryan Bader and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson all vie for the $1 million prize and the 205-pound title.

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Also early on in the year, a new champion was crowned at bantamweight when Sergio Pettis outpointed Juan Archuleta for the title. He joins brother Anthony in winning major promotional titles with three companies. And Cris Cyborg continued her destructive ways with a late stoppage of Leslie Smith to retain her featherweight crown. (Bellator and CBS Sports are both owned by ViacomCBS).

A new champion was crowned in the welterweight division to start off June as Yaroslav Amosov outpointed three-time titleholder Douglas Lima over a grueling 25 minutes. The undefeated native of Ukraine put together all the tools to become champion as he continues his dominant run. 

The action heats up as we get into August as well with the return of middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi as he faces off with top contender Jon Salter. Plus, arguably the greatest heavyweight in MMA history is ready for a homecoming when Fedor Emelianenko heads back to Russia to headline a fight card from Moscow, Russia. It will be Bellator MMA’s first event ever in Russia.

Be sure to check back in on this page to stay up to date on the upcoming Bellator events throughout the remainder of the year.

Upcoming Bellator MMA schedule

Bellator 262 July 16 Juliana Velasquez (c) vs. Denise Kieholtz Women’s flyweight title Uncasville, Connecticut Showtime
Bellator 263 July 31 Patricio Pitbull (c) vs. AJ McKee Featherweight title Los Angeles Showtime
Bellator 264 Aug. 13 Gegard Mousasi (c) vs. Jon Salter Middleweight title Uncasville, Connecticut Showtime
TBD Oct. 23 Fedor Emelianenko vs. TBD Heavyweights Moscow, Russia Showtime

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