Fighting Championships’ fifth-season heavyweight tournament
final and three new undercard additions are on tap for
Bellator 59, Sherdog.com confirmed with a source close to the
event on Tuesday.
Preliminary bouts pitting LeVon
Maynard (Pictured) against Christopher
Wing at welterweight, Azunna
Anyanwu against Randy Smith
at heavyweight, and Gregory
Milliard against Brandon
Saling at middleweight are being targeted for the Nov. 26
event, which will emanate from Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic
Bellator’s heavyweight final pairing has yet to be decided, as four
men still vie for a shot at champion Cole Konrad.
The heavyweight tournament semifinals will go down this Saturday at
Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., where Eric
Prindle will lock horns with Ron Sparks
Grove will square off with Thiago
Only one bout has been officially announced by the promotion for
Bellator 59’s main card: a welterweight tournament qualifier
between Lyman Good
Costa. However, the final of the Season 5 bantamweight
tournament is also expected to highlight the MTV2 broadcast. The
preliminary card will stream live on Spike.com.
Maynard has lost three of his last four. The 28-year-old Virginian
has come up short in both of his Bellator appearances to date,
falling by technical knockout to Rick Hawn and
Only 23 years old, Wing will make his Bellator debut at the event.
The former Ring of Combat talent recently rebounded from his only
career loss to outpoint Jason Lee on
Unbeaten in his four pro outings, Anyanwu has finished each of his
career victims by either knockout or submission. “Zulu” made a
successful Bellator debut on Sept. 10, knocking out J.A. Dudley
in the second round of their Bellator 49 clash.
Smith rides back-to-back victories into his sophomore Bellator
appearance. The New Yorker was bested by Jamall
Johnson in his first appearance for the Chicago-based
promotion, submitting to a rear-naked choke on May 14.
Milliard has just three pro fights to his credit and has fallen in
his two most recent outings. After over two years away from the
cage, the Aruba native was signed by Bellator following his effort
at July’s open tryouts in Florida.
A winner of three straight fights, Saling began his pro career in
February, fighting 10 times thus far in 2011. Fighting out of
Cumberland, Ohio, the 25-year-old owns all six of his career wins
by knockout or submission.