Bellator 246: Archuleta vs Mix Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, September 12, 2020
After hosting Bellator 245 last night, Bellator are back at it with their second event in back-to-back nights as they host Bellator 246 from the “FightSphere” at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
A new Bellator Bantamweight Champion will be crowned in tonight’s main event when Juan Archuleta (24-2) and the undefeated Patchy Mix (13-0) battle it out for the vacant title. This is an exciting fight in that Archuleta is moving down after competing in the Featherweight Grand Prix while Mix has been on a tear since debuting in the promotion
Archuleta challenged Patricio Pitbull for the Bellator Featherweight Championship in the opening round of the Featherweight Grand Prix, where he was defeated by decision. This was both an advantage and disadvantage because even though he got a title opportunity in the opening round, he did not win the title, so he would have to remain active and wait until the Featherweight Grand Prix is over if he wanted another title shot and by then, who knows if the title would have changed hands or if the winner of the Grand Prix would choose to move up to 155lbs.
With that in mind, it was a smart move by Archuleta to move down to 135lbs and take a fight against Henry Corrales. Archuleta managed to get the unanimous decision victory and now has another title opportunity in a different weight-class.
Mix on the other hand has proven to be one of the most dangerous submission specialists in Bellator’s bantamweight division. In thee fights with the promotion – one co-promoted with Rizin FF – Mix has made quick work of his opponents; defeated Ricky Bandejas, Isaiah Chapman, and Yuki Motoya by first round submission.
During Mix’s media availability, he mentioned that although most of his wins have come via submission, that does not mean he is a one-dimensional fighter:
“I don’t necessarily just call myself a grappler. I guess they just named me that because I finish people on the ground. I don’t need to prove myself because he’s known as a striker. I think I’m the better striker anyway. I plan on dragging him to hell…it doesn’t matter if we stand for 25-minutes or I drag him to the ground in the first minute.”
Who do you think will walk out the “FightSphere” as the new Bellator Bantamweight Champion?
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