An interesting bantamweight matchup for Bellator 232 was announced this week.

Undefeated Patrick “Patchy” Mix (11-0-0) will take on Dominic “The Honey Badger” Mazzotta (15-3-0) in Uncasville, Connecticut on October 26.

Mix has gone undefeated throughout his entire 22 fight amateur and pro career. After a long fight history with the KOTC organization, he moved on to Bellator in June. The 26-year-old beat Ricky Bandejas (12-3-0) in his debut at Bellator 222 with a quick rear naked choke at 1:06 in round 1. The Jackson Wink and WNY MMA & Fitness fighter is a submission expert and his average fight time is 7 minutes 55 seconds. 

Michael Lyubimov, General Manager at Jackson Wing MMA Academy said, “Patchy Mix is one of the most talented fighters we had the pleasure of training with us”. At the Albuquerque gym, he is known as the human backpack. “He always finds the way to take your back, no matter your skill level or weight. You better be ready for him, and even if you are, you can’t stop it. He submits Black Belts, out-wrestles wrestlers, and out-strikes strikers,” said Lyubimov.

The consensus at the gym, the General Manager voiced, “is that he will be a champion in one of the major organizations really soon. The fact that he hasn’t tasted a defeat in over 20+ fights, amateur and pro, reinforces that opinion”.

Mazzotta was awarded the unanimous decision over Chris Johnson (7-11-0) AT WFC 109 in July. He was unsuccessful in his last Bellator match against Shawn Bunch (14-2-0) in March, losing via unanimous decision. The 32-year-old Mat Factory prospect from Pennsylvania has a good record nevertheless, and is a true submission artist. 

Coach Isaac Greely noted the, “huge opportunity of Mazzotta taking on Patchy Mix.” Dom’s skill level will be highlighted in this fight due to Mix’s style and strengths. Greely added, “these two are both local grown talents [western PA and western NY] and have been regarded as the best two bantamweights of their respective states in recent years. To see them scrap will show who the real King of the East is and who will emerge as a top contender for Bellator.”

The Scrap, along with many other MMA fans will be impatiently awaiting the outcome of this momentous match.

Who will become “The King of the East?”

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The Scrap’s Caroline Romero is a journalism graduate and has 3 children involved in combat sport. Make sure to follow her son Simon Romero on his Behind The Grind podcast on YouTube.