Bellator 246: “Archuleta vs. Mix” is set to air tonight (Sat., Sept. 12, 2020) from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Bantamweight division crowns a new champion tonight as the undefeated Patchy Mix (13-0) takes on “The Spaniard” Juan Archuleta (24-2).
In the co-main event, Neiman Gracie is back in action when he takes on former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch. Gracie saw his unbeaten record fall at the hands of former champion Rory MacDonald in his last appearance in June 2019 by decision. He had won his last seven with the promotion since 2015 with six of those victories coming by submission. Fitch, meanwhile, is unbeaten since 2014 with his last fight ending a in majority draw against MacDonald.
The expected fireworks show between the 32-year-old Archuleta and Henry Corrales to kick off 2020 proved to be underwhelming. There is no better way to test his wits than against the grappling savant Mix. In accordance with his amateur fixtures, referees were forced to call a stoppage in 11 of his 24 fights. The biggest test to land on Mix’s lap before Archuleta entered the picture came in his most recent sanctioned brouhaha versus then 23-7-0 Yuki Motoya, against whom he secured a guillotine choke in less than two minutes.
Follow Bellator 246 results below.
Main Card (Paramount/DAZN, 10 p.m. ET)
Juan Archuleta vs. Patrick Mix
Jon Fitch vs. Neiman Gracie
Liz Carmouche vs. DeAnna Bennett
Derek Campos vs. Keoni Diggs
Preliminary Card (MMA Fighting, 8:15 p.m. ET)
Ty Gwerder vs. George Tokkos
Davion Franklin vs. Ras Hylton
Daniel Madrid vs. Pat Casey
Bellator 246’s main card will start at 10 p.m. ET on Paramount and () with “Prelims” undercard bouts via YouTube at 7:15 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will deliver results for the full card and comprehensive play-by-play for the televised portion of Bellator 246’s card below.
There aren’t too many unchecked boxes on Mix’s resume, which makes it difficult for people to bet against him. A polar opposite in fighting style to Archuleta, he carries a Demian Maia-like effectiveness and efficiency by getting the better of his opponents and making them into human pretzels. The most prominent figure of the WNY MMA camp has developed a liking for the rear-naked choke and could very well seize the bantamweight title sooner rather than later once the bell rings.
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