Bellator Champion Representing Arizona in Fight Coming to Phoenix

For the first time, Bellator Champion Ryan Bader will get to fight in Phoenix, the city he calls home. 

Bellator 268 is taking place in the Footprint Center on Oct. 16, co-featuring Chandler resident Ryan Bader in the main card. The former Sun Devil wrestler lives and trains in Chandler Arizona and while he’s fought in Camp Verde and Gila County, he has never fought in the city of Phoenix. Bader was pushing to bring a Bellator event to the Valley of the Sun.


“I was like man we’ve got to bring it to Phoenix,” said Bader. “Diehard MMA fans here, they don’t get too many fights, and when they do they show up.”

SHOWTIME will televise the fantastic four-bout Bellator MMA 268: Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals main card live at 7 p.m. PT. Additionally, all 10 action-packed preliminary fights will stream live three hours earlier at 4 p.m. PT on the Bellator MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, and Pluto TV.