Juan Archuleta is the new Bellator bantamweight champion after he beat Patchy Mix through unanimous decision at Bellator 246.

In an impressive display of striking, Archuleta (25-2) was successful in his second bid for Bellator gold after losing to Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire in a featherweight title bout in 2019, with the judges scoring it unanimously for ‘The Spaniard’ (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Patchy Mix (13-1) who was entering the contest undefeated in MMA, impressed early on in the bout with takedowns in round one, searching for the rear-naked choke. However the tide turned in the third as Archuleta began to pick apart Mix with strikes from the outside and it was the same story in the championship rounds, as Mix looked worn-out.

“After I lost my Pitbull fight I was so devastated,” said Archuleta in his post-fight interview. “There was one man who pulled me out of the trenches and I owe this to him. Cub Swanson showed me how to battle through adversity and stick to a game-plan. It’s the best birthday present I can give myself!”.