LOS ANGELES — On Friday, Nov. 18, BELLATOR 288 brings two world championship bouts to the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, when incumbent light heavyweight titlist Vadim Nemkov (15-2, 1 NC) immediately rematches No. 1-ranked Corey Anderson (16-5, 1 NC) in the BELLATOR Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final, while Patricky “Pitbull” (24-10) defends his Lightweight World Championship against undefeated, No. 1-ranked Usman Nurmagomedov (15-0).
In addition, three main card bouts have been confirmed for the massive event, with the news that 16-fight BELLATOR veteran and No. 7-ranked Daniel Weichel (42-13) will face undefeated Akhmed Magomedov (9-0) at featherweight. Moving to the top of BELLATOR’s weight classes, homegrown talent, and No. 5-ranked Tyrell Fortune(12-2, 1 NC) goes toe-to-toe with Chicago’s own Daniel James (13-6-1) at heavyweight, and American Top Team’s No. 10-ranked Roman Faraldo (8-0) will look to keep his unblemished professional record when he faces his toughest test to date against Georgian Levan Chokheli (10-2, 1 NC) at welterweight.
The five-fight main card of BELLATOR 288: Nemkov vs. Anderson 2 / Pitbull vs. Nurmagomedov airs LIVE on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The preliminary portion of BELLATOR 288 is stacked with elite prospects, regional talent, and established veterans and can be seen on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube Channel, Showtime Sports YouTube Channel, and Pluto TV beginning at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.
In BELLATOR’s deep bantamweight division, an extremely compelling pairing is set to take place between undefeated Team Body Shop fighter Jaylon Bates (6-0) and World Grand Prix participant Jornel Lugo (8-1), out of Kill Cliff FC in Florida.
Three featherweight fights will represent the division currently championed by Patricio Pitbull, when unbeaten No. 10- ranked Lucas Brennan (7-0) meets Nick Talavera (5-1), Brazil’s Otto Rodrigues (13-1) takes on American Top Team’s Khasan Askhabov (23-2), and Jackson Wink’s Isaiah Hokit (1-1) looks to extend his winning streak against Ecuador’s Matias Nader (3-0).
At lightweight, the highly touted BIG 12 Champion out of the University of Wyoming, Archie “King” Colgan (5-0), will return to action against Jesse Hannam (2-1) of Iowa. Moving on to middleweight, Roufusport’s Jordan Newman (4-0) will strap on the BELLATOR gloves for the fifth time when he fights Ohio’s Jayden Taulker (2-2), while Imamshafi Aliev (8-0) and Sean Fallon (16-7) will make their BELLATOR debuts.
Rounding out the preliminary action, Vlad Gouvea will make his BELLATOR and professional debut at heavyweight when he slugs it out against Kory "The Monster" Moegenburg (2-3).
Full bout listing can be found below.
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BELLATOR 288: Nemkov vs. Anderson 2 / Pitbull vs. Nurmagomedov Main Card:
Friday, Nov. 18 - 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final: C-Vadim Nemkov (15-2, 1 NC) vs. #1-Corey Anderson (16-5, 1 NC)
Lightweight World Title Bout: C-Patricky Pitbull (24-10) vs. #1-Usman Nurmagomedov (15-0)
Featherweight Bout: #7-Daniel Weichel (42-13) vs. Akhmed Magomedov (9-0)
Heavyweight Bout: #5-Tyrell Fortune (12-2, 1 NC) vs. Daniel James (13-6-1)
Welterweight Bout: #10-Roman Faraldo (8-0) vs. Levan Chokheli (10-2, 1 NC)
BELLATOR 288: Nemkov vs. Anderson 2 / Pitbull vs. Nurmagomedov Preliminary Card:
BELLATOR MMA YouTube Channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel | Pluto TV
6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Featherweight Bout: Otto Rodrigues (13-1) vs. Khasan Askhabov (23-2)
Featherweight Bout: #10-Lucas Brennan (7-0) vs. Nick Talavera (5-1)
Middleweight Bout: Imamshafi Aliev (8-0) vs. Sean Fallon (16-7)
Lightweight Bout: Archie Colgan (5-0) vs. Jesse Hannam (2-1)
Bantamweight Bout: Jaylon Bates (6-0) vs. Jornel Lugo (8-1)
Middleweight Bout: Jordan Newman (4-0) vs. Jayden Taulker (2-2)
Featherweight Bout: Isaiah Hokit (1-1) vs. Matias Nader (3-0)
Heavyweight Bout: Vlad Gouvea (Debut) vs. Kory Moegenburg (2-3)
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Updated schedule of BELLATOR events - click links for updated fight cards
Sat. Oct. 29 // BELLATOR 287: Piccolotti vs. Barnaoui // Allianz Cloud Arena // Milan, Italy
Fri. Nov. 18 // BELLATOR 288: Nemkov vs. Anderson 2 / Pitbull vs. Nurmagomedov // Wintrust Arena // Chicago, Il.
Fri. Dec. 9 // BELLATOR 289: Stots vs. Sabatello // Mohegan Sun Arena // Uncasville, Conn.
Fri. Feb. 24 // BELLATOR: DUBLIN // 3Arena // Dublin, Ireland
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