Bellator MMA will make its first visit to Washington state on Saturday, July 23 (AEST) with a world title fight in tow, as reigning lightweight champion Patricky “Pitbull” (24-10 MMA, 17-9 BMMA) defends his crown against No. 1-ranked contender Sidney “Da Gun” Outlaw (16-4 MMA, 3-1 BMMA).
Bellator 283: Pitbull vs Outlaw will be held at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington and will air live on 10 play from 1200-1430 AEST.
In the co-main event, former welterweight champion and No. 3-ranked Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (32-10 MMA, 14-6 BMMA) will take on the surging No. 4-ranked contender Jason “The Ass-Kicking Machine” Jackson (15-4 MMA, 6-1 BMMA). Also on the card, undefeated No. 4-ranked lightweight Usman Nurmagomedov (14-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Team Alpha Male’s Chris “CG” Gonzalez (7-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA).
One of the biggest stars in Bellator MMA, lightweight kingpin Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire has thrilled fight fans for over a decade inside the Bellator arena with his thunderous power and all-action fighting style.
The Brazilian knockout artist, 36, has shared the Bellator cage with the likes of Benson Henderson, Roger Huerta, Michael Chandler, and Eddie Alvarez, capturing the lightweight title with a second-round stoppage of fan-favorite Peter Queally in November 2021. On July 23, ‘Pitbull’ will look to defend his title and turn back a hungry challenger in Sidney Outlaw.
Sidney Outlaw, 30, rose to prominence on the regional scene by dominating an impressive slate of opponents and scoring a bevy of highlight-reel submission victories and the Pennsylvania native hasn’t missed a beat since joining the Bellator roster.
Outlaw’s path to his first title fight was bookended by a win over Huerta and a third-round rear-naked choke stoppage against Myles Jury last June. Against “Pitbull,” Outlaw hopes to dethrone a decorated pillar of the organization and add the prestigious Bellator lightweight championship belt to his mantle.
Former welterweight champion Douglas Lima, 34, has spent over a decade solidifying his place among Bellator MMA’s most accomplished and notable fighters. Now the No. 3-ranked welterweight contender, Lima lost his title to champion Yaroslav Amosov and dropped a contentious split-decision to Michael ‘Venom’ Page in his last outing. On July 23, Lima will look to reverse his fortunes and turn back upstart contender Jason Jackson in Tacoma, Washington.
Jason Jackson, 31, is on an absolute tear in the Bellator welterweight division. Since dropping his promotional debut to highly-decorated wrestler Ed Ruth in 2019, Jackson has rattled off five straight wins over impressive competition including former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, Neiman Gracie, and Paul Daley. The Sanford MMA product will look to emerge as a bona fide title contender with a win over Lima at Bellator 283.
Usman Nurmagomedov, 24, comes from a family of MMA royalty. The cousin of MMA legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, he has been perfect throughout his professional MMA career to date, including three straight wins in the Bellator cage. A dominating grappler whose striking has evolved markedly over his last several fights, Nurmagomedov has cemented his status as a top-5 combatant in the stacked Bellator lightweight division. He will look to extend his unbeaten streak to 15 straight with a win at Bellator 283.
Seeking to add the first blemish to Nurmagomedov’s perfect record will be Team Alpha Male’s Chris Gonzalez, 30. A member of the U.S. 2016 Greco-Roman World Team and a former NJCAA All–American wrestler, Gonzalez has added a potent striking arsenal to his world-class wrestling background to become a true threat in the lightweight division. Coming off of a 2022 ‘Knockout of the Year’ contender via first-round head kick TKO against Saad Awad, Gonzalez will look to continue his momentum against Usman Nurmagomedov.
Bellator 283: Pitbull vs Outlaw Main Card:
Saturday, July 23 (AEST) 1200-1430 - live and free on 10 play
Lightweight Championship Fight: C-Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire (24-10) vs. #1-Sidney Outlaw (16-4)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: #3-Douglas Lima (32-10) vs. #4-Jason Jackson (15-4)
Lightweight Bout: #4-Usman Nurmagomedov (14-0) vs. Chris Gonzalez (7-1)
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