Bellator MMA Extends Contracts of Champs Sergio Pettis, Patchy Mix Ahead of Title Fight

Sergio Pettis and Patchy Mix, Bellator 297
Sergio Pettis and Patchy Mix, Bellator 297 Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA

Bellator’s two current bantamweight champions, Sergio Pettis and Patchy Mix (the latter an interim champ who recently won the promotion’s 135lb grand prix) have extended their contracts with the promotion.

Both fighters, set to unify the championship later this year, have agreed to long-term deals with the promotion, Bellator officials announced on Thursday.

While no date is set for their title unification bout, Thursday’s press release notes that the fight will be officially announced soon.

Pettis moved to Bellator from the UFC in 2020, leaving behind the flyweight division in doing so. He immediately found success, winning his first two bouts for the company and earning a title shot against then-champ Juan Archuleta.

Picking up a decision over Archuleta to claim gold, Pettis then knocked out ex-champ Kyoji Horiguchi in his first title defense. The Milwaukee native had been expected to then feature in the promotion’s bantamweight grand prix, but was forced out due to injury.

Instead, he returned to action last month, defeating featherweight and former lightweight champ Patricio Pitbull, who had dropped weight looking to claim a third title.

Mix, meanwhile, is the man who ran the gauntlet in the grand prix, defeating Horiguchi, Magomed Magomedov, and Raufeon Stots to claim a million dollars, and the promotion’s interim bantamweight title.

No specifics regarding these latest contract extensions were provided in Thursday’s announcement, but it does have the promotion locking up two of its top 135’ers.