Bellator MMA recently announced the arrival of a Featherweight tournament that will follow the same rule-set as that of their most recent Welterweight tournament.
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Juan “The Spaniard” Archuleta is the first fight named to the upcoming Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. The bout will take place on September 28 at Bellator 227 in Inglewood, California.
Freire (29-4, 17-4 in Bellator), who recently just captured Bellator’s Lightweight title, will return to the division where he’s done the majority of his work after a quick knockout of heated rival Michael Chandler at Bellator 221 in May. The Brazilian holds several records in the company, including most wins, finishes and title-fight victories.
Looking to bring Freire’s run to halt is Archuleta (23-1, 5-0 in Bellator), who will bring an outstanding 18-fight winning streak into his first Bellator title fight. Archuleta is a former three-division titleholder with King of the Cage and targeted a title shot following his brutal knockout of former Bellator champion Eduardo Dantas following his last bout at Bellator 222 in June.
Archuleta was looking to challenge bantamweight titleholder Kyoji Horiguchi after his finish of Dantas, but will instead get another champion in Freire at Featherweight. The winner will advance in the eight-man tournament as the promotions Featherweight champion.
Bellator 227 takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, California and will stream live on DAZN.