Mixed Martial Arts Portion of Bellator's First Event Overseas Finalized
PATRICKY ‘PITBULL’ FREIRE-DEREK CAMPOS WILL HEADLINE MMA PORTION OF ‘BELLATOR 152’ ON APRIL 16IN ITALY
ANASTASIA YANKOVA WILL MAKE PROMOTIONAL DEBUT AGAINST ANJELA PINK
INFORMATION ON INAUGURAL BELLATOR KICKBOXING EVENT BELOW
SANTA MONICA, CA. (March 9, 2016) – The mixed martial arts portion of Bellator MMA’s first event overseas has been finalized, with the addition of Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (15-7) versus Derek Campos (16-6) in the main event of “Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Campos” at Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy on April 16.
Also, Anastasia Yankova (2-0) will make her promotional debut against Anjela Pink in MMA flyweight action and Oktagon competitors Daniele Miceli (2-0) and Daniele Scatizzi (6-2) will round out the MMA card with a featherweight showdown.
“Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Campos” will also include the promotional debut of Italian fan-favorite Alessio Sakara (17-11), who faces Brian Rogers (12-8) in a light heavyweight matchup and one of MMA’s most promising young prospects, A.J. McKee (3-0), fights Danilo Belluardo (5-1) at 145-pounds.
Broadcast information for “Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Campos” and the debut of “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” will be available shortly.
Fresh off an emphatic knockout of Ryan Couture at “Bellator 148: Daley vs. Uhrich” to kickoff 2016, “Pitbull” will look to extend his current winning streak when he takes on a streaking Derek Campos. Also known as the “The Stallion,” Campos is riding a wave of momentum into Italy, as he is returning to action following a finish of Melvin Guillard during main card action at the rating's-shattering “Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie” event. With 15 TKO/KO’s between them, expect these two lightweights to trade leather in the center of the cage on April 16th.
It's easy to classify Yankova as "just another pretty face," but the 24-year-old Russian Muay Thai Champion has the fighting skills to more than match her good looks. Undefeated thus far in her budding MMA career, the Moscow native will face Pink in her Bellator debut. Ultimately, both women will look to make a statement as the Scott Coker-led promotion continues to build its women's flyweight division.
In addition to five mixed martial arts contests, The Pala Alpitour, which hosted several amazing events during the 2016 Winter Olympic Games, will be the home of the inaugural “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” card, which will be headlined by one of the most accomplished knockout artists in combat sports, Melvin Manhoef (49-12), who takes on Alexandru Negrea (8-2). “No Mercy” is also scheduled to return to MMA when he challenges for the middleweight title against Rafael Carvalho at “Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” on May 20.
Raymond Daniels (10-3), Denise Kieholtz (43-2) and Kevin Ross (30-9) will also be competing at the groundbreaking “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino”event on April 16 against yet to be announced opponents.
Complete “Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Campos” Fight Card:
Bellator MMA Lightweight Main Event: Patricky Freire (15-7) vs. Derek Campos (16-6)
Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Alessio Sakara (17-11) vs. Brian Rogers (12-8)
Bellator MMA Featherweight Feature Bout: A.J. McKee (3-0) vs. Danilo Belluardo (5-1)
Bellator MMA Flyweight Feature Bout: Anastasia Yankova (2-0) vs. Anjela Pink (Debut)
Bellator MMA Featherweight Feature Bout: Daniele Miceli (2-0) vs. Daniele Scatizzi (6-2)
Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:
Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (49-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)
Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)
Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Featur
Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kieholtz (43-2) vs. TBA
Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Featur
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Carlo Di Blasi created Oktagon in 1996. At its beginning the show was dedicated to free fight, the name that was given initially to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Other disciplines such as Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Savate were gradually added from the early 2000’s onwards. During the last 20 years Oktagon has reached a huge popularity, both in Italy and abroad, creating many superstars in the process including Bellator welterweight Paul Daley as well as The Petrosyan brothers (Giorgio and Armen), Robin Van Roosmalen, Valentijn Overeem, Rico Verhoeven and Artem Levin.