11 Jun - 
Bellator 222 bout order finalized with six-fight main card; Caldwell vs. Horiguchi opens

A sixth fight has been added to Friday’s Bellator 222 main card, which features two championship matchups.

One of those bouts will kick off the main card, which streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie from Madison Square Garden in New York. The bantamweight title rematch between Darrion Caldwell (13-2 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) and Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will open the six pack of fights headlined by a welterweight title showdown of Rory MacDonald(20-5-1 MMA, 2-1-1 BMMA) vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) in the promotion’s grand prix semifinals.

Once scheduled for the prelims, a bantamweight fight between Ricky Bandejas (11-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Patrick Mix (10-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is now part of a main card that includes Lyoto Machida (30-16-1 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) vs. Chael Sonnen (25-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), Dillon Danis (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) vs. Max Humphrey (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Eduardo Dantas (21-6 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) vs. Juan Archuleta (22-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA).

From top to bottom, Bellator 222 has 18 scheduled fights. The full lineup includes:

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

  • Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie – for welterweight title, welterweight grand prix semifinal
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey
  • Ricky Bandejas vs. Patrick Mix
  • Juan Archuleta vs. Eduardo Dantas
  • Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – for bantamweight title

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Adam Borics vs. Aaron Pico
  • Heather Hardy vs. Taylor Turner
  • Larkyn Dasch vs. Valerie Loureda
  • Robson Gracie Jr. vs. Oscar Vera
  • Mike Kimbel vs. Sebastian Ruiz
  • Haim Gozali vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer
  • Rena Kubota vs. Lindsey VanZandt
  • Phil Hawes vs. Michael Wilcox
  • Nekruz Mirkhojaev vs. Marcus Surin
  • Brandon Medina vs. Brandon Polcare
  • Whitney Francois vs. Kastriot Xhema
  • John Beneduce vs. Kenny Rivera

For more on Bellator 222, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.