Bellator MMA returned on Friday with Bellator 258, featuring a bantamweight title fight and the debut of Anthony Johnson. But not, as it were, Yoel Romero.
Romero did not clear his medicals, putting a halt to the much-anticipated match-up with Johnson. Instead, “Rumble” will take on short-notice replacement Jose Augusto as part of the light heavyweight grand prix, with the winner meeting champ Vadim Nemkov in the semi-finals.
In the aforementioned title fight, Juan Archuleta makes the first defense of his 135lb belt when he takes on ex-UFC standout Sergio Pettis. Archuleta won the belt against Patchy Mix, after a stint at 145lbs that saw him bounced from the featherweight grand prix.
Watch the preliminary card of Bellator 258 above. The live stream of the main card is available below, where available.
Bellator 258: Archuleta vs. Pettis Results
Sergio Pettis def. Juan Archuleta by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) – for the Bellator MMA bantamweight championship
Anthony Johnson def. Jose Augusto by knockout, Round 2, 1:30 – Bellator light heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal
Peter Queally def. Patricky Freire by TKO (injury – cut), Round 2, 0:01
Michael Page def. Derek Anderson by TKO (injury), Round 1, 5:00
Raufeon Stots def. Josh Hill by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lorenz Larkin def. Rafael Carvalho by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Patchy Mix def. Albert Morales by submission (arm-triangle choke), Round 2, 2:40
Logan Storley vs. Omar Hussein – fight scratched, Hussein not cleared
Johnny Eblen def. Daniel Madrid by KO (punches), Round 1, 2:44
Johnny Campbell def. Henry Corrales by ubmission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 4:12
Johnny Soto def. Weber Almeida by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Érik Pérez def. Blaine Shutt by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)