Patricio Pitbull Freire
Bellator two-division champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire | Pic: Supplied/Bellator MMA

Headline bouts have been announced for the upcoming Bellator 228 held at The Forum in Inglewood, California on September 29 (AEST). Top of the MMA fight-bill on DAZN features Patricio Pitbull Freire in defense of his featherweight title against Juan Archuleta. The pair meets in one of the opening bouts of a recently announced World Grand Prix. The contest is scheduled for five rounds.

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (29-4) is the two-division champion, lightweight and featherweight. In his previous outing in May he earned lightweight belt when he KO’d former champion Michael Chandler in the first round. Before that he successfully defended his featherweight strap twice, taking a unanimous decision against Emmanuel Sanchez, and a split decision against Daniel Weichel. Freire earned featherweight title by submission in the second round against Daniel Straus in April 2017.

Juan Archuleta (23-1) is riding the 18-win streak since October 2015. In his previous bout he knocked out Eduardo Dantas in the second round. Before that he scored a pair of victories by unanimous decision against Ricky Bandejas and Jeremy Spoon.

Middleweights Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi square off in the co-main event. The encounter is scheduled for three rounds.

In addition the pair meets for the second time. Their first outing headlined UFC Fight Night 36 in February 2014. Machida earned the win by unanimous decision.

Lyoto Machida (26-8) won all four of his recent bouts. He was last seen in action in June when he stopped Chael Sonnen in Round 2. Before that he took a split decision against Raphael Carvalho, knocked out Vitor Belfort in Round 2, and took a split decision against Eryk Anders.

Gegard Mousasi (45-7-2) is former Bellator Middleweight champion. In his previous bout in June he lost the title against Rafael Lovato Jr. who took the belt by majority decision. The defeat snapped Mousasi’s eight-win streak, which includes the victories against Rory MacDonald, Alexander Shlemenko, Chris Weidman, among others.

Other bouts for Bellator 228 are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Featherweight Patricio Pitbull Freire vs. Juan Archuleta
Middleweight Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi