Bellator MMA’s October 25th, 26th and November November 8th cards now have main events. The 25th is Bellator 231, and will see UFC icons Frank Mir and Roy Nelson square off in a battle of the heavyweights. Both fighters are on the downside of their career and the loser could easily be cut or retire. Mir (18-13) is on a four fight losing streak that stretches two companies and four years. Mir has yet to win in Bellator, having lost to Fedor Emelianenko and Javy Ayala. Roy Nelson (23-17) on the other hand is 4-10 since 2013 but only two of those losses by KO/TKO. With Josh Barnett on the roster now, and former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov back to his old form, it would make sense that the heavyweight division is beyond Mir and Nelson’s capabilities these days. Ryan Bader is set to defend the title against Cheick Congo next Saturday (September 7th) and we’ll know who’s next in line after that bout.
The 26th is the already reported Lima vs. MacDonald II confrontation, which will serve as the Welterweight Grand Prix Finals and the Bellator Welterweight championship bout.
The November 8th card will feature a battle of two of the best young middleweights in Bellator right now as Costello van Steenis (12-1) takes on John Salter (16-4). Salter is 6-1 in Bellator while Steenis is 4-0. The winner would arguably be the #1 contender for the Middleweight Division winner, otherwise why have it as the main event? Bellator 233 takes place on Friday, November 8 from the Winstar World Resort & Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma while Bellator 231 takes place on Friday, October 25 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
In other Bellator news, Legacy Fighting Alliance Welterweight Champion Jason Jackson (10-3) have signed on with the promotion. The 28 year old won the vacant LFA Welterweight championship on AXS TV against Hemerson de Souza. Jackson fought in Bellator in 2018, defeating Jordan Larson.