Bellator 297 took place on June 16, 2023, at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL, featuring double title fights.
Vadim Nemkov looked to keep his dominant run ongoing with his fifth title defense. He was coming off a win over Corey Anderson at Bellator 288 to win Light Heavyweight Grand Prix and $1 million in prize money. He faced Yoel Romero in the main event who won his last two bouts in Bellator after losing in his promotional debut.
Patricio Pitbull attempted to become a double champion as takes on Bantamweight Champion Sergio Pettis. Pettis remained unbeaten in 5 bouts since switching to Bellator from UFC. Pitbull himself was on 3 fights winning streak since winning back the featherweight title from AJ McKee. Whose streak continued?
Corey Anderson returned to action to take on Phil Davis in a top-ranked light heavyweight bout. A heavyweight bout between Daniel James and Gokhan Saricam completed the main card. Check below as we post results live from Bellator 297: Nemkov vs Romero event with complete fight card, and more details.
- Cody Law def. Edwin Chavez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) – Featherweight Bout
- Jordan Newman def. Matthew Perry via submission at 4:20 of round 1 – Middleweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Archie Colgan def. Emmanuel Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) – Lightweight Bout
- Norbert Novenyi Jr def. Kamil Oniszczuk via KO at 0:46 of round 1 – Middleweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Ramazan Kuramagomedov def. Jaleel Willis via KO at 1:24 of round 1 – Welterweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Gadzhi Rabadanov def. Pieter Buist via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Lightweight Bout
- Gokhan Saricam def. Daniel James via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – Heavyweight Bout
- Corey Anderson def. Phil Davis via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) – Light Heavyweight Bout
- Co-Main Event: Sergio Pettis def. Patricio Freire via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) – Bantamweight World Championship Bout
- Main Event: Vadim Nemkov def. Yoel Romero via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46 – Light Heavyweight World Championship Bout
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