Curran's long-awaited rematch with Patricio Freire has a new date.
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MMA is going all-in for its head-to-head showdown with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship on Sept. 5.
The promotion revealed the entirety of the Bellator
123 main card on Wednesday, which will be headlined by a
featherweight title tilt between Pat Curran
Freire. In addition, UFC veterans Cheick Kongo
Johnson square off in a heavyweight clash, while 205-pound
Lawal collides with Tom DeBlass.
Rounding out the main card will be Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Lashley, who battles Josh Burns in
another heavyweight affair.
Bellator 123 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.,
and will mark the second event under new president Scott Coker, who
recently replaced former company head Bjorn Rebney. That same
night, UFC Fight Night “Mousasi vs. Jacare” will go down at the
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn. The Las Vegas-based
promotion’s lineup includes a middleweight clash between Gegard
Mousasi and Ronaldo
Souza as well as a heavyweight scrap pitting Alistair
Overeem against Ben
The Bellator 123 main card will air on Spike TV, while the UFC
offering will appear on Fox Sports 1.
Curran recently recaptured Bellator’s 145-pound strap, submitting
Straus with 14 seconds remaining in their Bellator 112 showdown
in March. Freire, meanwhile, carries a four-fight winning streak
into his rematch with Curran, besting Jared
Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva and Justin
Wilcox during that time.
A longtime UFC talent, Kongo came up short in his bid for Bellator
gold, dropping a five-round verdict to Vitaly
Minakov in April. He has since rebounded, stopping Eric Smith
via second-round TKO at the promotion’s pay-per-view event on May
17. The heavy-handed Johnson is 1-2 in the Bellator cage, beating
Martinez while falling to Vinicius Kappke de Quieroz and
Lawal is coming off a controversial decision loss to Quinton
Jackson at Bellator 120. Despite being heavily promoted, “King
Mo” has had mixed results with Bellator, posting a 4-3 mark
overall. DeBlass, who temporarily retired following a loss to
Fukuda at UFC on Fuel TV 6, has won two straight fights under
the Bellator banner.
Lashley, who is currently the TNA heavyweight champion, is 10-2 as
a professional mixed martial artist. He last competed in November,
taking a five-round verdict against Tony Melton
at Xtreme Fight Night 15. Burns is 8-7 overall but has yet to
capture a victory in four Bellator appearances.