Bellator returns to Italy this week, and the middleweight title will be on the line.
In the Bellator 190 main event, champion [Rafael Carvalho (14-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) faces Italy’s own Alessio Sakara (19-11 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). Sakara will be hoping to add a Bellator title to his resume in front of his home fans.
Bellator 190 takes place Saturday at Nelson Mandela Forum with a main card that airs at 8 p.m. ET on Spike via tape-delay.
Carvalho brings an impressive 14-fight winning streak to the cage, standing undefeated since dropping his pro debut in 2011. Included in that 14-fight run are 11 knockout wins. The Brazilian scored the Bellator middleweight crown with an October 2015 TKO of Brandon Halsey and has since defended it twice with a pair of wins over Dutch knockout artist Melvin Manhoef.
Sakara is best known for his 15 UFC appearances that spanned from 2005 to 2013. While his octagon run ended with four consecutive losses, “Legionarius” has experienced a rejuvenation in his post-UFC career, currently boasting a three-fight winning streak that has seen Sakara earn all three via knockout.
Ahead of the title fight, Bellator analyst Jimmy Smith takes a look at the title fight in the latest edition of “What to Watch.” Check out the video above
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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