Bellator 178 is just one day away and Octagon 24/7 is onsite in Montville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
We are anticipating an amazing card and are particularly excited about the Bellator debut of our hometown favorite, The Honey Badger, Dominic Mazzotta.
Dominic is riding high on a 9 fight win streak, a streak that has included seven submission finishes and dominance that has made it clear that he belongs in the big show.
He will get a true test, though. AJ McKee is brimming with confidence and brings his 7-0 undefeated record into the bout. He has fought for Bellator in all of his 7 professional fights as well, so Mazzotta’s experience edge is somewhat negated by McKee’s Bellator experience edge.
So the question is, what will happen in this fight? Will Mazzotta be able to control and dominate another opponent? Will he get the submission that he is anticipating? Or will McKee answer the questions that have been lingering about whether he is ready to take a step up in competition?
Octagon 24/7 will be covering this event, including this evening’s weigh ins, extensively. Be sure to check back often for our continuing coverage of Bellator 178.
Bellator 178 features a 15-fight card headlined by bout number 4 between Daniel Straus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and their 3rd bout for the featherweight strap. Straus got his first nod of Pitbull in their last bout and took the title from him in the meantime, so these familiar foes will be looking to punish each other.
This card is live and free on Spike TV beginning at 9PM Eastern, and you can catch the prelim action on bellator.com beginning at 7PM Eastern.
Here is a look at the complete fight card:
Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull 4 Main Card:
- Featherweight World Title Main Event – Daniel Straus (24-6) vs. Patricio Freire (25-4)
- Flyweight Co-Main Event – Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (5-0) vs. Jessica Middleton (2-0)
- Lightweight Feature Bout – Saad Awad (19-9) vs. Ryan Quinn (13-6)
- Featherweight Feature Bout – A.J. McKee (7-0) vs. Dominic Mazzotta (12-1)
Bellator 178 Preliminary Card:
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout – Nick Alley (1-0) vs. Kastroit Xhema (0-0)
- Featherweight Preliminary Bout – Don Shainis (1-1) vs. Max Kelleher (1-3)
- Bantamweight Preliminary Bout – Regivaldo Carvalho (3-2) vs. Jason Perrin (3-2)
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout – Kemran Lachinov (2-2) vs. Sam Watford (2-1)
- Flyweight Preliminary Bout – John Lopez (8-3) vs. Remo Cardarelli (6-5)
- Featherweight Preliminary Bout – Chris Foster (10-5) vs. Shane Manley (3-2)
- Featherweight Preliminary Bout – Thomas English (6-7) vs. Blair Tugman (9-6)
- Catchweight Preliminary Bout – Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Tim Caron (6-0)
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout – Ed Ruth (2-0) vs. David Mundell (6-2)
- Heavyweight Preliminary Bout – Tyrell Fortune (2-0) vs. Branko Busick (0-0)
- Flyweight Preliminary Bout – Billy Giovanella (9-5) vs. Joshua Ricci (3-0)