Bellator 289: Stots vs. Sabatello takes place on Friday, December 9, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Showtime fight event contains several MMA bouts, with two belts on the line. A limited number of event tickets are still available for purchase.
In the main event, Raufeon Stots (18-1) defends his interim 135-pound title against No. 6-ranked opponent Danny Sabatello (13-1). The two will meet in the semi-finals of the Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix. Liz Carmouche (17-7) defends her flyweight title in a rematch against former champion Juliana Velasquez in the co-main event (12-1).
Patchy Mix (16-1) and Magomed Magomedov (19-2) square off in the second WGP semi-final. In addition, Dalton Rosta (7-0) takes on Anthony Adams (9-2) at middleweight. The full lineup may be found here.
How to watch free Bellator 289 and start time:
Viewers around the world can watch the action live on the following channels and here for free:
Live Stream: Bellator 289 Live (try it free)
In the United States, MMA fans can watch Bellator 289: Stots vs Sabatello live on Showtime. The date is December 9th. The show will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The Bellator 289 preliminary card on YouTube kicks off at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.
Bellator 289 tickets
Bellator 289: Stots vs Sabatello tickets are on sale for Friday, December 9, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
Bellator 289 tickets are available from TicketNetwork, StubHub, and Vivid Seats.
Bellator 289 Preview:
The Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix continues on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, with a pair of semifinal events highlighting Bellator 289. The main event features one of those two fights and a battle for the interim title between Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello.
Magomed Magomedov meets Patchy Mix in the other tournament bout to gain a position in the tournament finals and a shot at the interim title and the $1 million reward.
Another championship will be on the line during the event, as Juliana Velasquez will face Liz Carmouche, the woman who defeated her to win the flyweight belt. After a contentious first fight, both ladies will attempt to dispel any doubts about who is the better fighter.
Several storylines are going on throughout the event, like with every fight card. These themes may be more exciting or larger in Bellator 289 than in most other shows. With that in mind, let’s look at the three most important stories leading up to the event.
While Bellator has established important rivalries throughout history, few have had the intensity that Stots and Sabatello have delivered in recent months. Sabatello had never met someone willing to exchange verbal jabs as a trash talker until he met Stots. This resulted in some wild media appearances and heated comments in every interview either guy have given ahead of the bout.
Stots has consistently chastised Sabatello as a man and a fighter, telling MMA Junkie Radio that “everything about Sabatello is a mask for his flaws,” “He’s Bellator’s most one-dimensional fighter, but he does an excellent job of making people forget that. That’s his entire demeanor: ‘I’m coming here to crush this man.
‘ I want to despise this man,’ but then you’re going to walk in there and cradle somebody’s goddamn legs for the entire f—-ing five rounds.”
But once the bell rings, nothing matters, as this is a fight for the Grand Prix finals and Stots’ interim bantamweight title. It’s now up to Sabatello to show that his wrestling-based, grinding approach can compete at the highest levels of Bellator or Stots show that his dynamic, fast-paced attack can defeat a one-dimensional fighter.
Combat sports are the most direct response in athletics to a trash-talking rivalry. When the cage door closes, it’s one on one. After months of claiming to be the better fighter and guy, neither man wants to leave Connecticut as the loser.
Bellator 289 Complete fight card:
The current Bellator 289: Stots vs Sabatello fight card looks as the following:
- Raufeon Stots vs. Danny Sabatello – Stots’s interim Bellator bantamweight title, bantamweight Grand Prix semi-final
- Liz Carmouche vs. Juliana Velasquez – Carmouche’s Bellator flyweight title
- Patchy Mix vs. Magomed Magomedov – Bellator bantamweight Grand Prix semi-final
- Dalton Rosta vs. Anthony Adams
- Denise Kielholtz vs. Ilara Joanne
- Cody Law vs. Cris Lencioni
- Kyle Crutchmer vs. Jaleel Willis
- Kai Kamaka vs. Kevin Boehm
- Mark Lemminger vs. Michael Lombardo
- Pat Downey vs. Christian Echols
- Cass Bell vs. Jared Scoggins
- Randi Field vs. Kristina Katsikis
- Lucas Brennan vs. Dre Miley