Bellator 233: The middleweights take center stage in the next Bellator event as DAZN keeps it moving with their non-stop combat sports fourth-quarter calendar. Here’s how you can watch Bellator 233 live from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Date: Friday, November 8
Time: 6:45 pm ET (Prelims) 9 pm ET (Main Card)
TV: Paramount Network
Live Stream: DAZN, (Prelims – Bellator.com and Bellator Mobile App)
There are several contenders looking to position themselves for a shot at Bellator Middleweight Champion Rafael Lovato Jr. Lovato won the title via narrow majority decision over Gegard Mousasi in his last fight. Mousasi wants a rematch and he’s likely to get one soon.
Perhaps the next serious challenge to the man who emerges from that fight will come from John Salter or Costello Van Steenis. Salter and Van Steenis headline Bellator 233, and if Salter wins on Friday, he would probably prefer to see Mousasi gain his revenge against Lovato.
Salter has already lost to Lovato via submission in September 2018, so it’s unlikely he’d get a second fight with him so quickly. Van Steenis hasn’t lost a fight in four years.
He’s on a six-fight win streak and four of those victories came in Bellator. If he can defeat Salter, he will have made an excellent case for a title shot in his next fight.
The legendary Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal will be in action in a catchweight battle with Andrew Kapel. If I’m being honest, Lawal should have retired two years ago. However, he’s still collecting checks for competition, so who can really say he shouldn’t be in the cage?
Standout collegiate wrestler turned undefeated mixed martial artist Tyrell Fortune will climb back into the cage earlier on the main card. He’s 7-0 and he’ll look to remain unblemished when he takes on Azunna Anyanwu.
Fortune’s wrestling and striking power has some projecting him as a potential champion in Bellator’s heavyweight division. It might be excellent to see him in the ring with someone like Jake Hager down the line.
For now, Fortune will look to stay unbeated against the next test in his way, and that’s Anyanwu. Here is a look at the entire card:
Bellator 233: Salter vs. van Steenis Main Card
Middleweight Main Event: John Salter (16-4) vs. Costello van Steenis (12-1)
195-Pound Contract Weight Co-Main Event: “King Mo” Lawal (21-9, 1 NC) vs. Andrew Kapel (14-6)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: Leslie Smith (11-7-1) vs. Arlene Blencowe (12-7)
Heavyweight Main Card Bout: Tyrell Fortune (7-0) vs. Azunna Anyanwu (15-5)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Grant Neal (1-0) vs. Jimmy Lugo (1-0)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Christian Edwards (1-0) vs. Cesar Bennett (Pro Debut)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Romero Cotton (3-0) vs. Jason Perrotta (3-3)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Kyle Crutchmer (4-0) vs. Antonio Jones (7-3)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Janay Harding (5-3) vs. Amanda Bell (6-6)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (11-0) vs. Julius Anglickas (7-1)
175-Pound Contract Weight Preliminary Bout: Logan Storley (10-0) vs. E.J. Brooks (13-5)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Tyree Fortune (4-0) vs. Chuck Campbell (2-0)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Lucas Brennan (1-0) vs. Jacob Landin (0-2)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Davion Franklin (Pro Debut) vs. Christian Adams (Pro Debut)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Aaron McKenzie (6-1-1) vs. Sean Clements (3-1)