Bellator 282 Gets Brent Primus vs. Alexander Shabliy

Brent Primus, Bellator
Brent Primus, Bellator 268 official weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

June 24’s Bellator 282 will see former lightweight champ Brent Primus back in action.

Primus (11-2) is set to face off with Alexander Shabliy (21-3) at the event, set for the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Bellator officials recently confirmed the booking, following an initial report by Jason Floyd of The MMA Report.

Oregon’s Primus, 36, has won three of his four fights since losing his belt back to Michael Chandler back in 2018, an immediate rematch of the pair’s first meeting. In his last appearance, Primus won a unanimous decision against former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

Primus’ lone loss of late came in a close split decision against Islam Mamedov last July.

Shabily, a veteran of ProFC, Fight Nights Global, and ACB, debuted for Bellator MMA last year, and has won both his fights under the promotion’s banner to date. Both victories saw the Russian earn unanimous decisions, against Alfie Davis and Bobby King.

Bellator 282 is expected to be headlined by a middleweight title fight, which will see champ Gegard Mousasi attempt to defend his title for the second time this year, this time against undefeated standout Johnny “The Human Cheat Code” Eblen. Former women’s title challenger Alejandra Lara will also appear, taking on Brazil’s Ilara Joanne.


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