Sergio Pettis put on a largely dominant performance over five rounds to beat Patricio Pitbull and prevent his attempt at becoming a three-division champion.
The fight was contested at the featherweight limit of 145 pounds. Pettis won by unanimous decision, with scores of 49-46, 49-46, and 50-45.
Pettis was the aggressor throughout the fight, landing more strikes and takedowns than Pitbull. He also had success with his ground game, controlling Pitbull for long stretches of time.
Pitbull was able to land some good shots in the later rounds, but it was not enough to overcome Pettis's dominance.
With the win, Pettis remains the Bellator bantamweight champion. He also holds a win over Pitbull at lightweight.
In the co-main event, AJ McKee retained his featherweight title with a second-round knockout of former UFC champion Henry Cejudo.
McKee landed a devastating head kick that dropped Cejudo, and then followed up with punches to force the stoppage.
The win was McKee's 18th straight, and it cements his status as one of the top fighters in the world.
Other notable results from Bellator 297 include:
- Logan Storley defeated Neiman Gracie by unanimous decision to win the vacant welterweight title.
- Yaroslav Amosov defeated Michael Page by unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title.
- Gegard Mousasi defeated Johnny Eblen by unanimous decision to win the light heavyweight title.
Bellator 297 was a successful event, and it showed that the promotion is still one of the top MMA organizations in the world.
Here are some additional details about the fight:
- Pettis landed 159 significant strikes to Pitbull's 104.
- Pettis had 6 takedowns to Pitbull's 0.
- Pettis controlled 12:11 of the fight on the ground.
The fight was well-received by fans and media alike.
- MMA Fighting's Alexander K. Lee gave the fight a score of 49-46 for Pettis.
- Sherdog's Brian Knapp gave the fight a score of 50-45 for Pettis.
- MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn gave the fight a score of 49-46 for Pettis.
Pettis's win is a major victory for him and for Bellator.
- It cements Pettis's status as one of the best fighters in the world.
- It shows that Bellator is still a top MMA organization.
- It sets up a potential rematch between Pettis and Pitbull at lightweight.
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