Bellator takes center stage for fans of MMA this Saturday Night This weekend's event is headlined by the second set of four matches in the first round of the new Featherweight World Grand Prix. These top fighters will be battling it out for a championship belt and a big cash prize. You can watch Bellator 228 featuring Pitbull vs. Archuleta only on DAZN.

Bellator 228 is being held at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Saturday, Sept. 28. The live broadcast is on DAZN, and it begins with the Prelims at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, followed by the Main card including Pitbull vs. Archuleta beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern.

The centerpiece of Bellator 228 is the continuation of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Tournament. Sixteen fighters started this playoff bracket, and the man who wins four matches in a row will be crowned the undisputed Bellator Featherweight champion. This eventual winner will also receive a $1 million prize, so the stakes are high.

Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (29-4) is the current Bellator Featherweight Champion, so he puts his title on the line every match he fights in this grand prix. Pitbull is also Bellator Lightweight World Champ, as he defeated Michael Chandler for the title back in May. Patricio's brother Patricky Freire is also an MMA fighter in Bellator, and they fight as the "Pitbull Brothers", with both using the same nickname. Pitbull has been with Bellator since almost the very beginning, as he made his debut with the promotion in Bellator 15 back in 2010. Now the Brazilian Muay Thai fighter faces a huge challenge in both the Grand Prix and his opponent, Juan Archuleta.

Juan "Spaniard" Archuleta (23-1) is has won 18 straight fights, but he still considers himself underrated. That could be partially because he's fought for so long in smaller promotions like Gladiator Challenge and King of the Cage. He's only been fighting in Bellator for the last 18 months, but he's won against the fighters put in front of him. Archuleta has one thing in common with Pitbull, as they both have been fighting at multiple weight classes in Bellator. Archuleta has wins at both Featherweight and Bantamweight, so where Pitbull has gone up in weight, he's gone down. What will happen when they meet in the middle, in the biggest match of Archuleta's career?

Learn about this week's competitors in the Featherweight World Grand Prix.

Here are the results from the first four Featherweight World Grand Prix matches, held at Bellator 226.

  • Derek Campos def. Daniel Straus, Unanimous Decision
  • Ádám Borics def. Pat Curran, TKO
  • Roberto Carvalho def. Sam Sicilia, Submission
  • Emmanuel Sanchez def. Tywan Claxton, Submission

Bellator 228 will also feature the live draw for the next round of the Featherweight Grand Prix. Once the matches are over, and the eight competitors are set, the fighters will draw numbers. The best draw will get to pick his opponent for the next round, which makes this much more interesting than a traditional ranked bracket. Will fighters play it safe, or pick a harder opponent or even a shot at the title right away? If you stick around after the main event, you can find out.

The full fight card, as always subject to change, is as follows:

Main Card

  • Patricio Pitbull (29-4) vs. Juan Archuleta (23-1), 1st Rd Featherweight Grand Prix - Title Match
  • Lyoto Machida (26-8) vs. Gregard Mousasi (45-7-2)
  • Darrion Caldwell (13-3) vs. Henry Corrales (17-3), 1st Rd Featherweight World Grand Prix
  • Daniel Weichel (39-11) vs. Saul Rogers (13-2), 1st Rd Featherweight World Grand Prix
  • A.J. Mckee (14-0) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (28-9-1), 1st Rd Featherweight World Grand Prix

Prelims

  • Shawn Bunch (9-3) vs. Leandro Higo (18-5)
  • Jay Viola (1-1) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (3-4)
  • Joshua Jones (8-4) vs. Dominic Clark (14-8)
  • Weber Almeida (2-0) vs. Castle Williams (3-2)
  • Jason Edwards (2-0) vs. Adrian Najera (1-0)
  • Antonio Mckee (29-6-2) vs. William Sriyapai (13-8)
  • Emilio Williams (4-2) vs. Ian Butler (6-6)
  • A.J. Agazarm (1-1) vs. Jonathan Quiroz (3-3)
  • Andre Walker (5-2) vs. Osman Diaz (2-1)
  • Ava Knight debut vs. Dhannon Goughary (3-3)
  • Mike Jasper (13-5) vs. Johnny Cisneros (12-7)
  • James Barnes (11-4) vs. David Duran (8-5)

DAZN is a sports streaming service that aims to replace the pay-per-view model. Instead of major Bellator event like this being a single expensive night, DAZN offers Bellator 228 plus more MMA, boxing and soccer in the regular subscription. DAZN also has ChangeUp, a nightly live look-in show for MLB. With over 100 fights per year, including major promotions from Bellator, Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom USA and World Boxing Super Series, Combate Americas, DAZN is focused on the renewed attention in boxing and MMA.

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DAZN is available for $20 per month, or $99 per year. MMA fans will get regular Bellator and other promotions each month. Next month, the Welterweight Grand Prix finals will take place at Bellator 232, with MacDonald vs. Lima 2 for the Welterweight World Title, only on DAZN. Boxing fans have a lot of major events to look forward to on DAZN. That includes the highly anticipated rematch of Ruiz vs. Joshua, as well as world title fights including "GGG" vs Derevyanchenko and Prograis vs. Taylor. This month you can watch Pitbull vs. Archuleta at Bellator 228 for free if you decide to sign up for a free trial of DAZN.

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