A pair of knockout artists will clash in London in a newly announced light heavyweight affair.
Bellator officials today announced that Kent Kauppinen (11-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) will clash at Bellator London, which takes place June 22 at The SSE Arena in England. The card airs in the U.S. on Paramount and streams on DAZN.
Kauppinen was last in action in the main event of December’s Bellator 211, where he needed just 70 seconds to score a knockout win over longtime veteran Alessio Sakara. Kauppinen now owns nine knockouts among his 11 career victories.
Meanwhile, Manhoef moves up to the light heavyweight division after a pair of failed bids for Bellator’s middleweight belt. “No Mercy” is among the most prolific strikers in MMA history with an astounding 28 of his 30 career wins coming via knockout.
A full broadcast lineup for the promotion has yet to be revealed, but Kauppinen vs. Manhoef is expected to feature on the night’s main card.
Five preliminary contests were also added to the card, with lightweights Terry Brazier (10-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) vs. Peter Queally (11-5-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), welterweights Galore Bofando (5-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Richard Kiely (3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Carl Booth (8-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Walter Gahadza (18-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), women’s flyweights Kate Jackson (10-3-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) vs. Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) and featherweights Luke Ord (7-2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) Nathan Rose (7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).
With the additions to the card, the Bellator London lineup now includes:
- Champ Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. – for middleweight title
- Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva
- James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano
- Kent Kauppinen vs. Melvin Manhoef
- Aaron Chalmers vs. opponent TBA
- Denise Kielholtz vs. opponent TBA
- Chris Bungard vs. Charlie Leary
- Mike Shipman vs. Costello Van Steenis
- John Redmond vs. George Tokkos
- Nathan Greyson vs. Frans Mlambo
- Terry Brazier vs. Peter Queally
- Galore Bofando vs. Richard Kiely
- Carl Booth vs. Walter Gahadza
- Kate Jackson vs. Lena Ovchynnikova
- Luke Ord vs. Nathan Rose
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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