After a five-month absence, Bellator MMA has officially announced its return show on July 24 from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.
The promotion confirmed the news on Wednesday.
As MMA Fighting previously reported, Sergio Pettis will clash with Ricky Bandejas in a bantamweight showdown that will headline Bellator 242. Both fighters are coming off statement victories and the winner of this matchup will undoubtedly move closer to title contention.
Also announced for the main card is the return of highly touted prospect Aaron Pico as he faces off with Chris Hatley Jr. in a featherweight matchup that will kick off the main card on the Paramount Network at 10 p.m. ET on July 24.
“On July 24, Bellator is back,” Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said in a release. “I am thrilled to announce our return event this month at Mohegan Sun, which has always been an incredible venue partner for us. The team has worked tirelessly to make this show happen and I know the fighters are ready to compete.
“We put together an exciting card with great matchups, featuring some of our best rising prospects. We look forward to our fans joining us on Paramount Network for what will surely be a memorable night of action inside the Bellator cage.”
Bellator hasn’t staged a show since February with numerous cards being cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The MMA promotion will share a residency at the Mohegan Sun with Showtime Boxing as well.
While no exact details were revealed, Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment president Tom Canton promised a “comprehensive and extensive safety plan for all guests, team members and partners.”
Here’s the full card for Bellator 242:
MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET on Paramount Network)
MAIN EVENT: Sergio Pettis vs. Ricky Bandejas
Jason Jackson vs. Jordan Mein
Tywan Claxton vs. Jay Jay Wilson
Aaron Pico vs. Chris Hatley Jr.
BELLATOR 242 PRELIMS (8:45 p.m. ET on Bellator’s YouTube Channel)
Logan Storley vs. Mark Lemminger