Sergio Pettis vs. Ricky Bandejas headliner, Aaron Pico highlight Bellator’s July 24 return

Bellator is ready to roll out fights once again.

The promotion announced Wednesday that it’s set to return July 24 after a five-month absence because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Bellator 242 will take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and will be headlined by a bantamweight title eliminator bout between Sergio Pettis (19-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Ricky Bandejas (13-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA).

The event will be co-headlined by welterweights Jason Jackson (11-4 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and UFC veteran Jordan Mein (31-12 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

Kicking off the main card will be top featherweight prospect Aaron Pico (5-3 MMA, 5-3 BMMA), who snapped a two-fight losing streak with a knockout of Daniel Carey at Bellator 238 in January. He takes on Solo Hatley Jr. (8-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who defeated Gaston Bolanos by split decision in his promotional debut in February.

Featured on the three-fight preliminary card is undefeated four-time All-American wrestler Logan Storley (11-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA), who faces the debuting Mark Lemminger (10-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

The full Bellator 242 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Paramount, DAZN, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Ricky Bandejas vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Jason Jackson vs. Jordan Mein
  • Tywan Claxton vs. Jay Jay Wilson
  • Chris Hatley Jr. vs. Aaron Pico

PRELIMINARY CARD Bellator’s YouTube channel, 8:45 p.m. ET)

  • Mark Lemminger vs. Logan Storley
  • Cass Bell vs. Raufeon Stots
  • Steve Mowry vs. Rudy Schaffroth

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