LOS ANGELES – Last Friday, Benson Henderson (30-11) showcased his years of world championship experience as he dominated Peter Queally (13-7) over the course of five rounds on the way to an impressive victory in front of the electric crowd in Dublin. With the victory, Henderson shoots up in the lightweight rankings to the No. 2 spot.
Yoel Romero (15-6) once again shocked the light heavyweight divisional rankings after he earned a third-round knockout over MMA legend Melvin Manhoef (32-16), jumping three spots to No. 4. Pedro Carvalho (13-6) climbed to the No. 4 spot in the featherweight rankings after he defeated Mads Burnell (16-5), who drops to No. 6. Additionally, Brett Johns (19-3) debuts at No. 10 in the high-octane bantamweight division, Leah McCourt (7-2) returns to the women’s P4P list at No. 10, and Karl Moore (10-2) debuts at No. 9 in the light heavyweight rankings after an upset victory over Karl Albrektsson (13-4).
BELLATOR MMA returns to action this Saturday, October 1 with the BELLATOR Featherweight World Championship on the line as No.1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Patricio Pitbull (33-5) is set to square off with No. 2-ranked featherweight Adam Borics (18-1). BELLATOR 286: Pitbull vs. Borics will air on SHOWTIME beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California.
The co-main event of BELLATOR 286 will include a lightweight clash between the former BELLATOR Featherweight World Champion and winner of the BELLATOR Featherweight World Grand Prix AJ McKee (18-1) and a proven finisher in Spike Carlyle (14-3). No. 3-ranked featherweight Aaron Pico (10-3) looks to be next in line for the 145-pound title as he takes on No. 7-ranked Jeremy Kennedy (17-3) in a high-stakes bout in the featherweight division. Former Bantamweight World Champion and No. 3-ranked Juan Archuleta (25-4) looks to insert himself back into title contention as he takes on the No. 9-ranked bantamweight Enrique Barzola (18-6-2).
The preliminary fight card will begin at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT, and will be distributed on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, and Pluto TV.
Tickets for BELLATOR MMA 286: Pitbull vs. Borics on sale at both Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.