Updated: Mar 29
Unbeaten BELLATOR Featherweight Champion A.J. McKee hopes to take the next step towards becoming the game's biggest fighter as he battles former top pound-for-pound and two-division champion Patricio Pitbull for the second time in less than nine months.
Bellator MMA is presenting one of the most exciting and action-packed events of the year 2022. Bellator MMA is going to be the biggest event ever. The event will be headlined by a rematch between Bellator Featherweight Champion A. J. McKee and Patrício Pitbull. The pair competed in the first Bellator 263 main event, where McKee clinched the putball title by submitting the first round of the Bellator Federer World Grand Prix final.
Bellator 277 will be presented on April 15, 2022 at SAP CENTER, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES.
Just a week later, the promotion returned to the hop in Honolulu, Hawaii, with two loaded fight cards. The Bantamweight World Grand Prix is about to begin, but it will be without a reigning champion. Sergio Pettis was forced to withdraw from the tournament with an unknown injury, meaning a temporary leash would be at stake. Former title holder Juan Archuleta will take his place on the card against Raufen Stouts, while women's featherweight champion Chris Cyborg will face Arlene Blancowe in the main match again.
The night before, on Friday 22 April, a pair of wild card matches for the Grand Prix when Josh Hill will face Enrique Barzola and Danny Sabatello against the Journell lugo. The winner of Hill vs. Barzola will face Magomed Magomedov in the quarterfinals, while the winner of Lugo vs. Sabatello will face Leandro Higo. Also, the main event ended with a competition for the women's flyweight title between champion Juliana Velasquez and top contender Liz Carmouche.
Bellator 277 Main Card:
Champion A.J. McKee (18-0) vs. Patricio Pitbull (15-5)
Champion Vadim Nemkov (15-2) vs. Corey Anderson (16-5)
Bellator 277 ‘Prelims’ Card:
Tyrell Fortune (11-2, 1 NC) vs. Steve Mowry (10-0)
Kyle Crutchmer (8-1) vs. Michael Lombardo (12-2, 1 NC)
Keefe (2-0) vs. Tyson Miller (2-0)
Contract Weight: Gaston Bolanos (5-3) vs. Cass Bell (5-2)
Theo Haig (0-0) vs. Alan Benson (1-2)
Edwin De Los Santos (1-0) vs. Alberto Mendez (0-1)
Bobby Seronio (1-0) vs. Calob Ramirez (1-1)
Socrates Hernandez (0-1) vs. Rogelio Luna (0-0)