BLOCKBUSTER BELLATOR 297: NEMKOV VS. ROMERO EVENT KEEPS GETTING BETTER WITH ADDITION OF EIGHT NEW BOUTS INCLUDING THE RETURN OF HOMETOWN HEAVYWEIGHT KNOCKOUT SENSATION
DANIEL JAMES VS. GOKHAN SARICAM
LOS ANGELES – Fresh off his headlining KO of Marcelo Golm, Chicago’s Cinderella Man, Daniel James (15-6-1) is set to return to the Bellator cage. This time he opens the main card against No. 10-ranked Gokhan Saricam (8-2) when the promotion returns to The Windy City for BELLATOR 297: Nemkov vs. Romero on Friday, June 16 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Additionally, Bellator has announced seven incredible preliminary offerings featuring multiple top-ten ranked athletes and four highly regarded undefeated fighters: Archie Colgan (7-0), Norbert Novenyi Jr. (6-0), Timur Khizriev (12-0), nd the debut of Ramazan Kuramagomedov (10-0).
The highly anticipated event will be headlined by Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion and No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Vadim Nemkov (16-2), defending the throne against No. 3-ranked ageless wonder Yoel Romero (15-6). An equally compelling co-main event will feature Bellator's No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter and current Bellator Featherweight World Champion, Patricio “Pitbull” (35-5), who looks to add another page to the MMA history books as he moves down a weight class to challenge incumbent 135-pound champion and No. 8-ranked pound-for-pound athlete Sergio Pettis (22-5) in a Bellator “Super Fight” for bantamweight gold. Additionally, a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked light heavyweights between Corey Anderson (16-6) and Phil Davis (24-6) is set.
This card also features stand out fighters such as Roman Faraldo, Alex Polizzi, and Chicago's own 2X Bellator Featherweight Title Challenger, Emmanuel Sanchez.