Dalton Rosta, Steve Mowry, Isaiah Chapman
Bellator MMA is set to host a double header of events this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and a trio of fighters with local ties will be in action.
First up at Bellator 231 on Friday night will be Pennsylvania natives Dalton Rosta (1-0) and Steve Mowry (6-0), both who will compete on the night’s preliminary card which streams on the Bellator app.
Rosta, who trains at The Mat Factory in the Pittsburgh area, will look to move to 2-0 under the Bellator banner after a first round TKO win against Cody Vidal at Bellator 219 in March.
Still just 23 years old, Rosta is one of the top prospects in the sport, and has been since his 7-0 amateur run. The former Seton Hill wrestler recently graduated from Youngstown State University, and he earned the 2018 BluegrassMMA Amateur Knockout of the Year award for his finish of Devon Harrell at Rivers Rumble MMA in July. He also came within 10 votes of winning the Amateur Fighter of the Year award.
Rosta will face Arkansas native Claude Wilcox (1-0), who comes in looking to remain unbeaten after a TKO win in his pro debut last month.
Wilcox is a late replacement, but Rosta has not been shy about his intentions to finish his fights early leading up to this bout.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Mowry now lives in Florida where he trains at Hard Knocks 365 with Henri Hooft. He’s quietly become one of the best heavyweight prospects in MMA, already with a 2-0 record under the Bellator banner and with all six of his wins as a pro via stoppage.
Mowry faces Gokhan Saricam (4-0), who is originally from Belgium and now trains with UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve.
Then on Saturday at Bellator 232, Ohio native Isiah Chapman (9-3) will face Patrick Mix (11-0) on the main card, which streams live on DAZN. Chapman steps in as a late replacement for another local fighter, Dominic Mazzotta.
A longtime top prospect, Chapman has won his last three bouts, including a close five round split decision over Tobiaus Taylor to win the bantamweight title at Honor FC 10 in August. He was also listed as an honorable mention on our list of fighters who could be in the UFC in the near future last month. The 29-year-old is ranked as the No. 2 pro bantamweight in Ohio according to Tapology.
Mix fights out of New York and looks for his second Bellator win after a first round submission over Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 222 in June.
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