How to watch Bellator MMA 297 free

Once again, Bellator is making its way back to the “Windy City” for the second consecutive year, and it’s bringing an impressive lineup of fights with it.

If you’re eager to catch Bellator 297 in Chicago and want to know how to watch it, here’s the complete lineup and information on the top fights.

Broadcast and streaming details: Bellator 297 is set to take place on Friday at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The preliminary fights will be streamed live on Bellator’s YouTube channel, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The main card, featuring the most anticipated matchups, will be televised on Showtime, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

How to watch Bellator 297 in the US & Canada

The main card will start at 9 p.m. ET / 2 a.m. BST / 6:30 a.m. IST / 11 a.m. AEST. The main cage walks are scheduled for 12 a.m. EST / 5 a.m. BST / 9.30 a.m. IST / 2 p.m. This timing could change as per the fights.

Fans in the UK can watch live action on the BBC Network. Fans who live in the USA  can watch exclusively on ShowTime via Paramount+ and Fitepass for the live stream.

Fans can also watch Bellator 297 on third-party sites like Fitepass, from anywhere. Signup and catch all the action live!

Bellator 297 Preview & Prediction

Vadim Nemkov (c) vs. Yoel Romero:  In the upcoming championship bout between Vadim Nemkov and Yoel Romero, Romero’s MMA career stands out as one of the most intriguing in history. Despite his elite skills, he has never managed to capture a world title, often falling victim to self-sabotage. At 46 years old, Romero now faces a formidable young champion in Nemkov, who has showcased his strength by conquering formidable opponents on his path to the top.

 Sergio Pettis vs. Patricio Pitbull: Sergio Pettis, the reigning champion, will face off against Patricio Pitbull in a highly anticipated showdown. Pettis comes into the bout with an impressive five-fight winning streak, remaining undefeated in his four Bellator appearances. However, his last fight against Horiguchi raised some concerns as it appeared that Pettis was being dominated before landing a perfect strike to secure the victory. Additionally, considering his time away from the cage, there are legitimate questions about how Pettis will perform on Friday night.

Full fight card

MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)


  • Kyle Crutchmer vs. Bobby Nash
  • Pieter Buist vs. Gadzhi Rabadanov
  • Ramazan Kuramagomedov vs. Jaleel Willis
  • Karl Moore vs. Alex Polizzi
  • Kevin Childs vs. Wladmir Gouvea
  • Archie Colgan vs. Emmanuel Sanchez
  • Mike Hamel vs. Shamil Nikaev
  • Norbert Novenyi Jr. vs. Kamil Oniszczuk
  • Timur Khizriev vs. Richie Smullen
  • Jordan Newman vs. Matthew Perry
  • Edwin Chavez vs. Cody Law
  • David McKinney vs. Max Metzgar