With the Ultimate Fighting Championship on hiatus this week, Bellator will have the opportunity to take the mixed martial arts center stage with their latest offering of cage violence. On Friday, August 13, the promotion will return to their pandemic era fighting hub at the Mohegan Sun Arena for Bellator 264.
MixedMartialArts.com will be on the scene in Uncasville, Connecticut dropping live updates and Bellator 264 results following the conclusion of each bout. The preliminary card kicks off the action at 7:15 pm ET on the Bellator YouTube Channels, as well as on Pluto TV. The main card follows at 9 pm ET and airs exclusively on Showtime.
The event is headlined by a middleweight title fight pitting defending champion Gegard Mousasi versus top contender and division stalwart John Salter. The card also features the return of former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov, and a bantamweight featured bout between top-five talents Magomed Magomedov and Raufeon Stots.
Bellator 264 results
Main Card (9 pm ET, Showtime)
Preliminary Card (7:15 pm ET, Bellator Youtube & Pluto TV)
Bellator 264 Press row thoughts and updates
- Always a big fan (thick layer of sarcasm here) at the coaches in the seats. "Punch him in the f*cking face," was yelled out in the second round of the Mendoza versus McNeil opener. Unfortunately, McNeil did not follow the advice of his unofficial coach.
- While McNeil and Mendoza looked every bit of two fighters making their pro debuts, Glossner and Ruiz offered a pretty competitive back and forth fight between a pair of fighters with just five fights a piece. Sure, they didn't have much experience but they showed a bunch of heart and willingness to go for finishes. Bravo.
- Sorenson and Samad was a decent scrap with a solid workrate. However, there wasn't many memorable shots landed in a points scoring battle. Obviously, the fans lost some interest as a soccer style, "olay, olay, olay" chant broke out near media row.
- The pretty solid crowd inside the Mohegan son got fired up for Gwerder and Bestaev. At first it seemed like they were just pro-Gwerder after he floored Bestaev early, but when the tables were turned on him, they went just as crazy. They were just loving the violence in Uncasville for the main card opener. And how could they not, it was a really entertaining fight with some big shots landed by both.
- I wish I could say that I got to see that filthy Davion Franklin knockout up close, but unfortunately the responsibilites of the job had me in the press room for the Bestaev post-fight interview. However, the sudden boom from the crowd reaction explained it all.
- More times than not, a live crowd is rarely pro-wrestling. However, Stots' outstanding defensive wrestling seemed to gain an appreciation from the crowd. And when he almost locked in a fight ending rear-naked-choke, the crowd came unglued and began a booming "U-S-A" chant. Overall a fun grappling bout, especially in a very entertaining third round.
- Koreshkov versus Homasi wasn't that interesting of a fight, mostly because Homasi was over getting beat up by the third, but it was great to see the Russian show off the stuff that made him a Bellator welterweight champion at one time during a dominant second round.
- Despite the crowd tryinig their hardest to rally behind Salter on a nationalistic level with U-S-A chants, Mousasi was levels above him as expected. Yes, he had a rough first, but that was more the challenger holding on so it wasn't on the feet where he had big disadvantages. But even then, the champ figured out the grappling puzzle and solved it in the third by TKO.