August 7, 2023 7:00 am ET
Bellator is back Stateside this week after a trip to Japan, and welterweight standouts top the lineup.
Here’s how to watch Bellator 298 in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a complete lineup and look at the top fights.
Broadcast and streaming info
Bellator 298 takes place Friday at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Main event: Logan Storley
In the headliner in South Dakota, former interim welterweight champion Logan Storley (14-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) will try to get back on track after a unanimous decision loss to champ Yaroslav Amosov in a title unification fight in February. Prior to that, a three-fight winning streak after the first loss of his career, also to Amosov, included a win over Michael Page for the interim belt. He’ll have to do it against Brennan Ward, who is 3-0 since he returned after a layoff of more than four years.
Main event: Brennan Ward
Brennan Ward (17-6 MMA, 12-6 BMMA) came back to Bellator in February 2022. His most recent two fights prior to that were stoppage losses in 2017, and he stepped away from fighting all the way until hisi return with a second-round TKO of Brandon Bell. A little more than a year ago, he took out Kassius Kayne in the second, and after that, earlier this year, he stopped Sabah Homasi with a head kick and follow-up punches.
Co-main event: Valentin Moldavsky
In the co-feature, former interim heavyweight champ Valentin Moldavsky (11-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) will try to get back on track when he runs things back with Steve Mowry. The two first met in the same arena a year ago, but less than a minute into the fight, Moldavsky accidentally poked Mowry in the eye. When he couldn’t get clear vision, the fight was ruled a no contest. Moldavsky was stopped by Linton Vassell in the first round in March, giving him back-to-back losses for the first time in his career after a title unification loss to champ Ryan Bader in January 2022.
Co-main event: Steve Mowry
Steve Mowry (10-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 BMMA) had a 10-0 start to his career with 10 stoppages, including his first six Bellator fights. But after a first-round submission of Rakim Cleveland in November 2021, it’s been likely a frustrating stretch for the 6-foot-8 31-year-old. He had to pull out of an April 2022 fight with Tyrell Fortune. Then he had his no contest against Moldavsky. Six months later, he returned against Ali Isaev in February and fought to a draw.
Showtime main card
MAIN CARD (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET)
Logan Storley vs. Brennan Ward
Valentin Moldavsky vs. Steve Mowry
Aaron Jeffery vs. Dalton Rosta
James Gallagher vs. James Gonzalez
Islam Mamedov vs. Sidney Outlaw
MMA Junkie/YouTube preliminary card
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Weber Almeida vs. Lucas Brennan
Enrique Barzola vs. Jaylon Bates
Diana Avsaragova vs. Justine Kish
Jairo Pacheco vs. Vladimir Tokov
Katerina Shakalova vs. Dayana Silva
Sullivan Cauley vs. Hamza Salim
Aalon Cruz vs. Alfie Davis
Bryce Meredith vs. Alberto Rodriguez
Leandro Higo vs. Nikita Mikhailov
Josh Hill vs. Kasum Kasumov
Marcirley Alves da Silva vs. Jerrell Hodge
Jordan Oliver vs. Andrew Triolo
Michael Blockhus vs. Eli Mefford
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