September 28th is a huge day for combat sports, as you not only have the UFC’s debut show in Copenhagen, but also Errol Spence vs. Shawn Porter, as well as Bellator 228. There are two Bellator shows this week, with Bellator 227/Dublin happening on Friday, but 228 is the one that is the biggie.
In the main event, simultaneous two-division champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defends his featherweight title against Juan Archuleta in what doubles as the opening round of the Bellator featherweight grand prix. The co-main event is a middleweight rematch between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi, as Mousasi looks to even the score with Lyoto following his 2014 five-round decision loss.
The rest of the Bellator FW tournament opening round populates the rest of the main card, as A.J. McKee battles Georgi Karakhanyan, former bantamweight king Darrion Caldwell takes on Henry Corrales, and Daniel Weichel fights Saul Rogers. Incidentally, McKee’s father Antonio is on the prelims, so it’s a father-son night for the McKees.
Here is the full lineup of fights for Bellator 228, which is exclusive to DAZN from The Forum in Inglewood, CA:
Main Card (DAZN, 10 PM ET)
Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta
Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi
A.J. McKee vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Darrion Caldwell vs. Henry Corrales
Daniel Weichel vs. Saul Rogers
Preliminary Card (DAZN, 7:30 PM ET)
Michael Jasper vs. Johnny Cisneros
Jay Viola vs. Jonathan Santa Maria
Joshua Jones vs. Dominic Clark
Weber Almeida vs. Castle Williams
Jason Edwards vs. Adrian Najera
Antonio McKee vs. William Sriyapai
Emilio Williams vs. Ian Butler
AJ Agazarm vs. Jonathan Quiroz
Andre Walker vs. Osman Diaz
Ava Knight vs. Shannon Goughary
James Barnes vs. David Duran