'Bellator Kickboxing: Budapest' Airs TONIGHT on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
“BELLATOR KICKBOXING: BUDAPEST” AIRS ON SPIKE TV TONIGHT AT 9 P.M. ET/8 P.M. CT
WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION KARIM GHAJJI, RAYMOND DANIELS, DENISE KIELHOLTZ RETURN TO ACTION
SANTA MONICA, CALIF (September 23, 2016) – Bellator’s world tour continues TONIGHT when Bellator Kickboxing brings top-flight action to SPIKE TV all the way from Budapest, Hungary. The event is headlined by Bellator Kickboxing’s welterweight champion Karim Ghajji (96-12) defending his belt against Zoltan Laszak (10-2).
In addition to this welterweight world title bout, the always-exciting Raymond Daniels (11-3) returns to action against Zsolt Benedek (15-3) of Hungary. Following her controversial defeat at “Bellator: Dynamite 2,” Denise Kielholtz (44-3) is also set to compete, when she takes onRenata Lantos (5-4).
The must-see kickboxing event also features the man who upset Melvin Manhoef earlier this year, Alexandru Negrea (9-3), who meets Ali El Ameri (42-10-2) at a catchweight of 189-pounds.
“Bellator Kickboxing: Budapest” airs on Spike TONIGHT at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Fresh off winning his championship at Bellator’s inaugural kickboxing show in Turin, Italy, Ghajji will defend the title he won at the expense of Mustapha Haida when he meets world-renowned Hungarian champion Zoltan Laszak in five, three minute rounds.
Raymond Daniels is never involved in a boring fight; look no further than his first two Bellator Kickboxing bouts, which have produced highlight-reel stoppages. This go-round, the showman will face the Hungarian Zsolt Benedek at 170-pounds. While Daniels will enter the ring as the favorite, Benedek will have the advantage of the home-town crowd, who he hopes will help propel him towards upsetting the American Superstar.
Arguably the most important fight of Denise Kielholz’s career, the talented Dutch Kickboxer will face another fighter of Hungarian descent when she meets Renata Lantos in a flyweight encounter. After dropping a decision Gloria Peritore, Kielholtz has been hell-bent on earning a rematch against the Italian, but will have to get through Lantos first.
Complete “Bellator Kickboxing: Budapest” Card:
Welterweight World Title Main Event: Karim Ghajji (96-12) vs. Zoltan Laszak (10-2)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Raymond Daniels (11-3) vs. Zsolt Benedek (15-3)
Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kielholtz (44-3) vs. Renata Lantos (5-4)
189 lb. Catchweight Feature Bout: Alexandru Negrea (9-3) vs. Ali El Ameri (42-10-2)
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