Preview by Josh Nason
Bellator returns to his unofficial home in San Jose, California, with two title fights and several former UFC fighters in an interesting main card that can be seen on DAZN.
The main event is welterweight champion Rory MacDonald against Jon Fitch, the first final round at the company's Grand Prix of welterweight. The winner will face Neiman Gracie later in the semifinals, while Michael "Venom" Page will face Douglas Lima next month in the other semifinal.
MacDonald, 29, is coming off a loss to TKO in the second round of middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi in September. This will be the first defense of the belt he won over Lima in a January 2018 decision. Fitch, 41, has won five straight games over a period of almost four years and had a successful debut against Paul Daley in his promotional debut at last may
The main event features featherweight featherweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane against Veta Arteaga in the main event, a showdown between former Bellator light heavyweight champions Phil Davis and Liam McGeary, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. against Adam Piccolotti, and relative unknowns Bolanos Expenses against Nathan Stolen in the main card opener.
You can listen to the conversations of Dave Meltzer and Garret Gonzales with Fitch and Macfarlane of the media week without subscription.
The coverage of the live box by Dave Meltzer begins at 10 PM Pacific / 7 PM East.
GASTON BOLANOS (4-1) VS. NATHAN STOLEN (8-4), BATH POINTS
First round: Bolanos is the local favorite that fights against Dublin. Frank Trigg is your referee. Both exchanging blows. Bolanos landing more solid shots. Stolen tried a knockdown but was stuffed. Robado knocked him down, but Bolanos swept to the top. He let Stolen go up. Bolanos dropped it immediately with a left hook and landed a few hits on the ground and it was over. Both landed really left at the same time but Bolanos had more power. The strike seemed quick, as it was two shots on the ground when it was canceled … 2:21
PHIL DAVIS (19-5, 1 WITHOUT COMPETITION) VS. LIAM MCGEARY (13-3), HEAVY WEIGHTS OF LIGHT
First round: Davis with low kicks .. McGearly swinging. Both distrust early. Nice left by McGeary. Davis is not trying to knock him down. McGeary is very good with unique submissions, but Davis too. Davis with many low kicks. McGeary with a blow from Superman. Davis with another low kick. The fans started to boo at the end of the round. Head of Davis. Davis 10-9
Round two: McGeary out with low kicks. Nice on the right by Davis. Davis with more low kicks. Another low kick from Davis. Davis with the knees to the body. Davis landed a right. Another low kick from Davis. McGeary losing his punches. Davis with another low kick. McGearly hurt him with a right. Davis with more low kicks. Davis Round 20-18r.
Third round: McGeary advances but does not catch him. Davis knocked him down. Davis got his back. Davis landing many punches from that position. McGeary tried a triangle but Davis came out of it. Davis with elbows and punches. Davis kicked him in the head when McGeary got up. McGeary with a kick in the head. Davis is really judged. Davis landed on the left and got a takedown. Davis is dropping his elbows and has his back. Davis is working for a stranglehold and McGeary tapped, evidently for strikes. 4:11
Davis wanted a shot at the title.
BENSON HENDERSON (26-8) VS. ADAM PICCOLOTTI (11-2), LIGHTWEIGHT