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Bellator 301: A Night of Surprises, Records, and Triumphs in Chicago

In what might have been an epic finale for Bellator, WinTrust Arena in Chicago witnessed a night of seismic upsets and exhilarating victories at Bellator 301, leaving fight fans on the edge of their seats.

The main event delivered an unexpected shockwave as Jason Jackson scripted history, stunning the previously undefeated Yaroslav Amosov to claim the Bellator welterweight championship. Jackson's relentless pressure and impeccable takedown defense rattled Amosov from the outset. In a thrilling third round, Jackson landed a decisive straight right hand, followed by a vicious uppercut that sealed the victory, making him the seventh fighter to hold the prestigious Bellator welterweight title. Amosov, previously undefeated, suffered his first loss, altering his record to 27-1.

Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Patchy Mix displayed sheer dominance, dismantling Sergio Pettis to seize the undisputed bantamweight title. Mix's relentless takedowns and control paved the way for a second-round rear-naked choke that forced Pettis to tap, solidifying Mix's career at 19-1.

The card showcased thrilling clashes, including Raufeon Stots' victory over Danny Sabatello in a hard-fought rematch, where Stots' aggressive striking made the difference, earning him a unanimous decision.

AJ McKee's perfect run in the lightweight category continued as he emerged victorious in a blood-soaked battle against Sidney Outlaw. Despite Outlaw's takedowns, McKee's active striking and a nasty cut left both warriors drenched in blood, securing McKee's win via unanimous decision.

In an explosive opener, Alexander Shabliy's striking prowess dominated Patricky Pitbull over five rounds, earning Shabliy a wide unanimous decision victory. Shabliy's impressive performance has now set the stage for a highly anticipated showdown in the lightweight Grand Prix final against champion Usman Nurmagomedov slated for the upcoming year.

Bellator 301 concluded with a mix of surprises, defining moments, and the uncertainty of whether it was the last chapter for the promotion. The night of memorable triumphs and records set will echo in the annals of MMA, leaving fight aficionados eagerly awaiting the unfolding of future chapters in the world of combat sports.


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