Bellator 228: Pitbull vs Archuleta

Bellator announced last Thursday (11) major fights for its 228 edition, scheduled to take place on September 28 in Los Angeles (USA). Double champion of the organization, PatrĂ­cio Pitbull will be responsible for making the opening fight of GP Featherweight and will defend his category title against Juan Archuleta .

Considered by many to be the main name in Bellator history, Patricio has a 29-win record and only four defeats in MMA. In his most recent fight in May, the Brazilian knocked out Michael Chandler in 61 seconds and won the lightweight title in the franchise. On the other hand, Archuleta will be one more trying to take off the potiguar's belt in feathers. The American has 23 triumphs and only one career setback, and fighting for Bellator, comes from an incredible sequence of five positive results, the last against Dudu Dantas in June by TKO.

The Bellator 228 co-main event will feature a rematch between Gegard Mousasi and Lyoto Machida , something that has long been awaited by MMA fans. Now a former middleweight champion, Mousasi comes from defeat by Rafael Lovato Jr. in the majority decision in a June 22 combat. On the other hand, Machida comes from two wins in the organization, against Rafael Carvalho and Chael Sonnen, the latter also in June.

The story between Mousasi and Lyoto began when they both joined the UFC squad and met in 2014. At the time, the Brazilian won a unanimous decision and was given the chance to play the middleweight title, being defeated by Chris Weidman afterwards. However, Gegard Mousasi did not "swallow" the setback suffered and, since then, makes various provocations to the Bahian, even calling him "cheater". Now both fighters will again have a chance to resolve the differences within the cage.