Sergio Pettis defeats Ricky Bandejas to earn title shot

Derrick Santistevan

Sergio Pettis (Image by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Bellator 242: Sergio Pettis beat Ricky Bandejas to earn future bantamweight title battle.

Sergio Pettis beat Ricky Bandejas through consentaneous decision (39-27, 30-27, 30-27), at Bellator 242 on Friday, July 24, 2020, live from Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut.

Ricky Bandejas vs. Sergio Pettis– Round 1

The fighters touched gloves to get the first round underway. Bandejas circled around to the outside while Pettis chose to remain in the middle and press the action forward. Pettis landed a sharp right-hand man as the 2 exchanged leg kicks in the opening 2 minutes of the battle. Bandejas landed a number of leg-kicks to Pettis’ lead left leg. Bandejas fabricated with a leg kick and after that landed a spinning back kick to thebody Pettis reacted with a spin kick. Bandejas stepped forward and taken part in a clinch with Pettis, ultimately getting him down to the ground. From side control, Bandejas was not able to do much, enabling Pettis to get up to his feet prior to the horn sounded to end the round.

FanSided scored it: 10 -9 Bandejas

Ricky Bandejas vs. Sergio Pettis– Round 2

Bandejas opened with a set of leg kicks however Pettis returned and likewise landed a leg kick. Pettis landed a speedy right-hand man and continued to determine the action. Pettis was the more aggressive fighter, stepping forward and supporting Bandejas near the fence. The 2 fighters continued to trade lower leg kicks, with Pettis landed a set of effective kicks to the lead leg of Bandejas Pettis chose a takedown however was quickly packed by Bandejas Pettis landed a fast left hand. Bandejas chose a takedown however Pettis was able to shift and get the leading position. Bandejas was able to return to his feet practically right away. Pettis continued to land with a snapping left hand. The 2 fighters traded more legkicks Bandejas chose a flying knee. It looked like Pettis counted with a best uppercut right however replay revealed that Bandejas was able to prevent it.

FanSided scored it: 10 -9 Pettis

Ricky Bandejas vs. Sergio Pettis– Round 3

Pettis continued to land with his left hand. Pettis landed a mix that backed Bandejas up. The battle continued to play out with Pettis in the center determining the action. Pettis landed a spinning back fist as he continued to bring the battle to Bandejas Pettis was however landed a stiff jab countered by Bandejas Following a leg kick, Pettis chose a spinning back head kick that simply missed out on. Pettis continued to step forward, almost missing out on another head kick. Bandejas landed a body kick however Pettis reacted with a leg kick. The 2 fighters traded punches as the round entered its final minute. Bandejas landed a heel kick as both fighters tossed whatever they had in their toolbox down the stretch.

FanSided scored it: 10 -9 Pettis

Bandejas got in Friday’s main event with a profession 13 -3record Given that signing up with Bellator in 2018, Bandejas is 3-2, with 3 knockout success. In his last battle, Bandejas knocked out Frans Mlambo in the second round at Bellator 240 on Feb. 22, 2020.

After leaving the UFC, Pettis signed with Bellator in Oct.2019 In his marketing debut, Pettis sent Alfred Khashakyan in the first round of their battle at Bellator 238 on Jan. 25,2020 The triumph over Khashakyan enhanced Pettis’ profession record to 19 -5 with 7 surfaces.

Bellator made its return on Friday night after 5 months of lack of exercise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The promo was amongst the first sports leagues to cancel an event when they canceled Bellator 241 on March 13, the day of theevent Bellator 242 is the first of 4 occasions that the promo will run Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut in between July 24 and Sept. 11, 2020.

At the start of the Bellator 242 broadcast, the promo revealed that the winner of the main event would get a title battle versus the winner of the Juan Archuletta and Patrick Mix battle.

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Bellator 242 occurs on Friday, July 24, 2020, live from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow together with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

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