After going viral with a 63-second win in his pro debut, Mike Kimbel has his next Bellator assignment.
Kimbel (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will fight in front of his home fans once again this fall when he takes on Alex Potts (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in a bantamweight bout at Bellator 207. A promotion official today told MMAjunkie of the booking, which is expected to be part of the preliminary card.
Bellator 207 takes place Oct. 12 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card will air and stream live on Paramount and DAZN, respectively, with prelims on MMAjunkie. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout between Matt Mitrione and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader.
Kimbel made his pro debut in February at Bellator 194, also in Uncasville. The Connecticut-based 20-year-old landed a vicious right hand early against Geoffrey Then. When Then hit the canvas, Kimbel was all over him in a hurry.
Then’s way to recovery was to threaten with an armbar. Given Kimbel was coming in with a 4-4 amateur record that saw him submitted in three of his four losses, it probably was a smart move. But Kimbel had a counter, and it was devastating. He picked Then up and slammed him to the canvas – dropping him on his neck and head. A couple punches later, Kimbel had his first pro win just 63 seconds into his pro debut – and on a pretty big stage for Bellator. (Check out the finish in the video above.)
After the thrilling win, Kimbel signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator, which he discussed with MMAjunkie in the video below.
Potts, from New York, is coming off a stoppage win in his own pro debut. At Bellator 182 nearly a year ago in Verona, N.Y., he submitted Brandon Polcare with a first-round kimura in a 140-pound catchweight bout. That built on his perfect 6-0 record as an amateur, which included five finishes.
For more on the upcoming Bellator schedule, visit the MMA rumors section of the site.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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