In the main event of Bellator 297, scheduled to take place on June 16 in Chicago, Vadim Nemkov will defend his light heavyweight title against Yoel Romero in a bout originally scheduled for Bellator 290. In the co-main event, Sergio Pettis will return and will defend his bantamweight belt against two-weight champion Patricio Pitbull, who wants to become a champion in the third division.
Russian fighter Vadim Nemkov (16-2, 1 NC) last fought last November in Chicago, where he defeated Corey Anderson via unanimous decision in a rematch to win the WGP and retain his belt. Pinar del Rio native Cuban Yoel Romero (15-6) from Miami won his previous fight last September in Dublin, Ireland, by a third-round knockout against Melvin Manhoff.
Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis (22-5) of Milwaukee made his first successful title defense with a fourth-round knockout against Kyoji Horiguchi back in December 2021 in Uncasville, Connecticut. Three-time Bellator featherweight champion and former lightweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” (35-5) of Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil wins a unanimous decision over Kleber Koike Erbst at Bellator MMA vs Rizin in late last year in Saitama, Japan.