Bellator 243: Homasi vs Millender Preview
By James Lee
As fight fans are embedded in the wave of continuous UFC action, Bellator is gradually trying to build back momentum after months away.
This Friday’s event could provide that much-needed boost as multiple of their most renowned headliners are set to compete. However, a main card contest between Sabah Homasi and Curtis Millender may capture the headlines and go down as one of the most exciting fights during the Coronavirus pandemic.
As most will not remember Homasi’s stint in the UFC, those that did can be little but excited for Bellator 243. Although unsuccessful in all three of his contests in the UFC, he fought some of the most dangerous at welterweight and displayed assets that can translate to a promising, sustained future in Bellator.
His Bellator return last August lasted just 17 seconds as Micah Terrill fell to a devastating knockout punch. The American Top Team fighter was scheduled to fight Paul Daley earlier this year, but the Coronavirus pandemic halted those ideas, meaning it will be almost a year since he has competed.
Curtis Millender contrastingly found more success in the sport’s premier promotion but ultimately encountered the same fate as Homasi. His release came as a surprise though to the fanbase considering he left on a two-fight losing streak with those coming to the gifted Belal Muhammad and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. Before that, Millender had beaten Thiago Alves, Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada consecutively. A six-fight win streak in various promotions before his UFC debut as well clearly characterises his ability that should ensure he excels in his newfound abode.
However, Bellator is now afforded his ability, and like Homasi, his return to the promotion in January was triumphant. A decision win over Moses Murrietta saw him revert back to winning ways, meaning the duo should come into the contest with immense confidence.
Although UFC engagements meant the pair were unavailable for Bellator’s welterweight tournament, they are two of the most exciting in the division currently and will shortly establish themselves amongst the steady pact. The short-notice nature of the event does mean a catchweight of 175 pounds has been agreed, however aspirations to eventually fight Douglas Lima are hopeful for both.
Regrettably, many will be unaware the fight is taking place, even the majority of those who regularly follow the sport. The current promotional disparity between the UFC and Bellator means the sport’s second largest promotion is dramatically falling behind, but regardless, Homasi and Millender will contribute to Bellator’s best division and the contest on Friday cannot be missed for an avid combat sports fan.