Fans were extremely entertained by the bantamweight showdown between top contenders Raufeon Stots and Magomed Magomedov.
The Bellator 264 main card featured a ton of big names, but it was a matchup between top bantamweight contenders Raufeon Stots and Magomed Magomedov that stole the show and had MMA Twitter in a frenzy.
The opening round featured Stots pushing the action and controlling the center of the cage for a good chunk of the opening minutes. Magomedov attempted his signature double-leg but was never able to get Stots in trouble, with Stots able to break out of it and secure a takedown of his own with just seconds left.
Stots began to open up the second round with his jab that forced Magomedov on the back foot. Magomedov kept trying to secure the takedown, but Stots was able to reverse position on two different attempts and put Magomedov completely out of rhythm.
The third round consisted of Stots beating Magomedov in the grappling department, a shocking development in this highly-anticipated matchup. Stots nearly secured a rear-naked choke and had Magomedov’s back for a majority of the final minutes, but Magomedov was able to reverse fortunes and get top position despite Stots putting in constant work off of his back.
It was a wild affair that was a difficult fight to judge on multiple levels, but the official scorecards awarded Stots with a unanimous decision win over Magomedov. MMA Twitter had plenty to say about the incredible back-and-forth war from both men in every aspect of the fight.
Check out what Twitter has to say about Raufeon Stots’ win over Magomed Magomedov
After securing the win over Magomedov, Stots called for a Bellator bantamweight tournament featuring the champion, Sergio Pettis. The Bellator bantamweight division is arguably the most stacked group in the promotion in terms of talent and potential.
Stots and Pettis are teammates at Roufusport, and a matchup between the two of them would be fascinating for Pettis’ first title defense. Pettis earned the title over Juan Archuleta at Bellator 258.
However, I’m sure MMA fans wouldn’t mind watching a Stots vs. Magomedov rematch as soon as possible.
Bellator 264 took place on Aug. 13, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.