Bellator MMA announces their return to live events July 24th on the Paramount Network

In what feels like a lifetime ago, Bellator made the tough but safe decision to cancel their March 13th contender card and has been out of action since. The promotion will celebrate their return to live competition on July 24th with a showdown between bantamweight standouts in Ricky Bandejas and Sergio Pettis.

In terms of credentials, Bandejas has amassed 13 wins in his career, 9 by KO. His most recent KO was against Frans Mlambo in Bellator 240. As for Pettis, the UFC-veteran collected some 14 wins in the promotion against the likes Joseph Benavidez, Brandon Moreno and John Moraga. He trains alongside his brother Anthony Pettis.

The stacked card will broadcast on the Paramount Network on July 24th starting at 10pm EST/ 9pm CST. The complete line up including preliminary bouts are listed below.

Bellator 242: Bandejas vs. Pettis
Main Card

Bantamweight Main Event: Ricky Bandejas (13-3) vs. Sergio Pettis (19-5)

Welterweight Co-Main Event: Jason Jackson (11-4) vs. Jordan Mein (31-12)

Featherweight Feature Bout: Tywan Claxton (6-1) vs. Jay Jay Wilson (5-0)

Featherweight Feature Bout: Aaron Pico (5-3) vs. Chris Hatley, Jr. (8-2)

Completed Preliminary Card:

Bellator MMA’s YouTube Channel

8:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. PT

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Logan Storley (11-0) vs. Mark Lemminger (10-1)

Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Raufeon Stots (13-1) vs. Cass Bell (5-0)

Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Steve Mowry (7-0) vs. Rudy Schaffroth (6-1, 1 NC)