Bellator returns to Hawaii for back-to-back events in April
Bellator returns to Hawaii in a big way.
The promotion returns to the Islands for a pair of back-to-back events at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center for Bellator 278 on April 22 and Bellator 279 on April 23. The events will include several title fights as Cris Cyborg (25-2) is set to face Arlene Blencowe (15-8) in a featherweight championship rematch and Sergio Pettis (22-5) will face Raufeon Stots (17- 1) as part of the $1 Million Bantamweight Grand Prix. MMA Junkie has confirmed the news following an initial report from KHON2.
Bellator was last in Hawaii in December 2019, when the promotion aired Bellator 235 and Bellator 236 on back-to-back nights.
Although no fights have been announced for Bellator 278, the Bellator 279 card is stacking up with a solid lineup. In addition to title fights, Kyoji Horiguchi (29-4) will face Patchy Mix (15-1) in a Bantamweight Grand Prix first round match and Hawaii’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-1) returns to action to meet Justine. Kis (7-5).
After preliminary fights, the Bellator 278 main card is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET and the Bellator 279 main card at 9:30 p.m. ET. Both events will be broadcast live on Showtime.
The Bellator 279 lineup currently includes:
- Champion Sergio Pettis vs. Raufeon Stots – for bantamweight title
- Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe – for the featherweight title
- Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Patchy Mix
- Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Justine Kish