Bellator 243 Is A Must-Watch Event — Here’s Why

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Bellator returns this Friday night with a stacked card at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

We’re coming up on a weekend full of fights, as the UFC and Bellator prepare for their respective weekend cards. Not to mention a couple of regional events going down around the globe. But while there are some decent fights to be found all over, it’s Bellator that is hosting some must-watch TV, with a rematch four years in the making between Benson Henderson and Michael Chandler.

That’s just one standout fight, mind you. Here are five reasons why you can’t miss Bellator’s second card back since the pandemic closure — Bellator 243.

5. The Prospects: 

This Friday’s affair is a card three fights longer than Bellator 242 (held on July 24), with much more prospect-heavy ambitions. The prelims are headlined by 14-1 Adam Borics, who is coming off a submission loss to former bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell. That came as part of the Featherweight Grand Prix. Meanwhile, the 21 year old Hawaiian, Nainoa Dung, returns to the cage versus Charlie Campbell.

Mr. Hercules, Dalton Rosta, returns as well, putting his undefeated record on the line. Rosta has finished both of his professional bouts in Bellator by the second round. Grant Neal, an undefeated light heavyweight prospect, is also in action. And possibly the most promising match-up on the card sees Nate Diaz prodigy AJ Agazarm take on Cris Lencioni. Both fighters look to make waves and move from prospect to contender in an open featherweight division. Plus, the fight is something of a grudge match.