How to Watch Bellator 263

By: Brian Knapp
Jul 30, 2021

It was the final Bellator MMA officials always wanted for their featherweight grand prix.

The star-studded 16-man tournament will reach its hotly anticipated conclusion when Patricio Freire defends his featherweight title against the undefeated A.J. McKee in the Bellator 263 headliner on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Meanwhile, former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder Mads Burnell faces Roufusport star Emmanuel Sanchez in the three-round co-main event, with the winner perhaps emerging as the next No. 1 contender at 145 pounds.

Bellator 263 “Pitbull vs. McKee”— which airs live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT—also features a catchweight clash pitting Christopher Gonzalez against Goiti Yamauchi at 160 pounds and a pair of lightweight tilts, as Usman Nurmagomedov meets Luis Muro and Islam Mamedov confronts Brent Primus. The undercard will stream to the Bellator YouTube channel in its entirety at 7 p.m. PT/4 p.m. PT, a woman’s flyweight battle between Vanessa Porto and Ilara Joanne buoying the seven-fight slate of prelims.

A closer look at the on Bellator 263 particulars:


145: Patricio Freire vs. A.J. McKee
145: Mads Burnell vs. Emmanuel Sanchez
155: Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Luis Muro
155: Islam Mamedov vs. Brent Primus
160: Christopher Gonzalez vs. Goiti Yamauchi
125: Vanessa Porto vs. Ilara Joanne
150: Gadzhi Rabadanov vs. Daniel Carey
145: Khasan Magomedsharipov vs. Jonathan Quiroz
180: Johnny Cisneros vs. Joshua Jones
155: Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kiefer Crosbie
135: Brian Moore vs. Jordan Winski
190: Justin Barry vs. Daniel Compton


Rivalries: Patricio Freire
By The Numbers: Freire vs. McKee
By The Numbers: Sanchez vs. Burnell
The Bottom Line: The Weight of Legacy
Pisarsky: All-Time Legend vs. Future GOAT
The Bellator MMA Featherweight Title: A Visual History

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