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Daniel James, Danny Sabatello Fight in Chicago at Bellator 301


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Bellator is returning to Chicago on Friday, November 17, with Bellator 301 from the Wintrust Arena. The event will feature hometown favorites Daniel James and Danny Sabatello, two title fights, and the lightweight semifinals of the World Grand Prix, featuring Patricky Pitbull against Alexander Shabily.

Sabatello won seven consecutive fights before losing to Raufeon Stots in the Bellator interim bantamweight title fight at Bellator 289 last year. He’s gone 1-1 since then, submitting Marcos Breno in April but dropping his last fight to Magomed Magomedov in July. Sabatello gets the rematch he wanted against Stots, as he looks for redemption after going all five rounds for the interim bantamweight title and losing by split decision.

James blew up after his brutal stoppage of Tyrell Fortune at Bellator 288 in Chicago, then knocked out Marcelo Golm in the main event of Bellator 293. His five-fight winning streak ended when he lost his last fight via unanimous decision to Gohkan Saricam in June. He’ll take on the undefeated Ali Isaev, who fought to a draw with Steve Mowry at Bellator 290 in his Bellator debut.

Here’s a look at the card as it currently stands:

BELLATOR 301 Main Card:

Friday, November 17 – Live on SHOWTIMEWintrust Arena in Chicago

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Welterweight World Title Bout: C-Yaroslav Amosov (27-0) vs. #2-Jason Jackson (16-4)

Bantamweight World Title Unification Main Event: C-Sergio Pettis (23-5) vs. IC-Patchy Mix (18-1)

Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-Final: #1-Patricky Pitbull (25-11) vs. #2-Alexander Shabliy (23-3)

Bantamweight Main Card Bout: #2-Raufeon Stots (19-2) vs. #6-Danny Sabatello (14-3)

BELLATOR 301 Preliminary Card:

BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel | Pluto TV

5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT

Heavyweight Bout: #5-Daniel James (15-7-1) vs. Ali Isaev (9-0-1)

Heavyweight Bout: #6-Tyrell Fortune (13-3) vs. #8-Marcelo Golm (10-4)

Featherweight Bout: #6-Timur Khizriev (13-0) vs. #7-Justin Gonzales (14-2)

Lightweight Bout: Mike Hamel (11-5) vs. Tim Wilde (16-4-1)

Flyweight Bout: #6-Denise Kielholtz (7-5) vs. #5-Sumiko Inaba (6-0)

160-Pound Contract Weight Bout: Islam Mamedov (22-3-1) vs. Killys Mota (15-3

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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