Patchy Mix KOs Raufeon Stots to Win Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix, What's Next?
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Patchy Mix etched his name in the Bellator history books on Saturday night as he defeated Raufeon Stots in spectacular fashion to become the new interim Bellator Bantamweight champion and win the $1 million Bantamweight World Grand Prix.
Mix made quick work of Stots as he dropped him with a perfectly timed knee at 1:20 of the first round to win the Grand Prix. He had an impressive stretch of performances throughout the tournament as he defeated formed Bellator and RIZIN Bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi via unanimous decision in the opening round and followed that up with a decisive submission win over Magomed Magomedov in the semi-finals and his knockout win over Stots in the finals.
He won't have to wait very long for his next opponent in that as interim champion, he will challenge the reigning Bantamweight champion in a title unification bout. Current champion Sergio Pettis, who was forced to pull out of the Grand Prix due to an injury, is scheduled to defend his title against Bellator Featherweight champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire at Bellator 297.
"Pitbull" will look to make history and become the first fighter to win a championship in three different weight-classes. Pettis, on the other hand, will look to successfully retain his title for the second time against arguably the greatest fighter in Bellator history.
Mix has already stated that he will be in attendance when Pettis and 'Pitbull" fight at Bellator 297, so he will most likely enter the cage for a faceoff with the winner.
Photo Credit: Bellator MMA / Lucas Noonan