June 17, 2024


NEW YORK (June 17, 2024) – Bellator Champions Series will return to San Diego on Saturday, September 7 at Pechanga Arena San Diego with a massive Lightweight World Championship main event.
Bellator Champions Series San Diego will be headlined by undefeated Usman Nurmagomedov (17-0, 1 NC) attempting to retain his 155-pound title when he locks horns with Alexander Shabliy (23-3) a man who has not tasted defeat in eight years. Additional contests for the card will be announced shortly.

Tickets for Bellator Champion Series San Diego are available via pre-sale beginning this Wednesday, June 19, with general on-sale taking place Thursday, June 20 at AXS.com. Doors for the event will open at 4:00 pm PST, with the first bout taking place 30 minutes later.

All Bellator Champions Series events can be seen live in the U.S. on Max, as well as the U.K. only on DAZN.
Bellator most recently held its historic 300th event at Pechanga Arena San Diego, and has frequented the premier venue throughout its over 15-year history. Now, the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, returns to Southern California with Bellator Champions Series San Diego.

Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Alexander Shabliy
Originally set to take place at Bellator Champions Series Paris in May, this Lightweight World Championship fight has been highly anticipated since it became a possibility. Usman Nurmagomedov has proven to be one of the most dominant champions in the sport at just 26 years of age. In seven fights with Bellator, Nurmagomedov has gone undefeated and captured a world title in a division many consider to be the toughest in the sport. Dethroning former Lightweight World Champion Patricky Pitbull, the Khabib Nurmagomedov protege defended his title against MMA legend Benson Henderson enroute to this matchup on September 7. A striking specialist who has gone 8-0 under the Bellator banner, Alexander Shabliy has also defeated the upper echelon of the 155-pound division, including the aforementioned Pitbull and Tofiq Musayev, and impressively scored a second-round knockout against former Bellator Lightweight Champion Brent Primus.

The 2024 Bellator Champions Series schedule is as follows:
– Saturday, June 22 – Bellator Champions Series Dublin – 3Arena
– Saturday, September 7 – Bellator Champions Series San Diego – Pechanga Arena San Diego
– Saturday, September 14 – Bellator Champions Series London – OVO Arena Wembley
– Saturday, October 12 – Bellator Champions Series Chicago – Wintrust Arena
– Saturday, November 16 – Bellator Champions Series Paris – ADIDAS Arena
– Tuesday, December 31 – Bellator Champions Series – TBD

Updated Bellator Champions Series San Diego Main Card
Max (U.S.) | DAZN (U.K.)
Saturday, September 7 – 4:30 pm PST

Lightweight World Title Bout: C-Usman Nurmagomedov (17-0, 1 NC) vs. Alexander Shabliy (23-3)