The main card for Bellator
is now complete with four fights, as the promotion this week
announced the addition of a bantamweight showdown between Ronnie Mann
Bellator 94 takes place Thursday at the University of South Florida
Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., and is headlined by the Season 8
lightweight tournament final between David
Rickels and Saad Awad. The
Spike TV-broadcast main card will also see Emanuel
Newton lock horns with Mikhail
Zayats for the light heavyweight tournament championship, while
Sergio da Fonseca Melo squares off with Trey
Houston at 170 pounds.
The evening’s preliminary offerings stream live on Spike.com
immediately prior to the main card telecast and include top female
Aguilar taking on Patricia
Vidonic in a rematch of their 2012 showdown.
Lima, 21, saw his perfect record ruined in his Bellator debut last
year, as “Ratinho” was outwrestled by Hiroshi
Nakamura in the Season 6 bantamweight tournament quarterfinals.
Prior to that unanimous decision defeat, the Brazilian posted 10
straight victories, earning half of those wins via submission.
Mann, meanwhile, makes the cut to bantamweight after losing two of
his last three fights at 145 pounds. The 26-year-old Brit is a
two-time tournament veteran, falling in the 2011 Summer Series
semifinals to eventual Bellator champion Pat Curran
before stumbling against Mike Corey
roughly one year ago in the Season 6 quarterfinals.
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