Recently we got treated to the announcement of Bellator 209’s fantastic headliner between featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Emmanuel Sanchez. Now throw three more fights into the mix.
On November 15th Bellator will return to Tel Aviv, Israel for the third time. And the card is beginning to shape up.
Initially reported by MMAJunkie, Bellator has confirmed the following additional matchups.
In the light heavyweight division, the former champion Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (19-4) will take on the surging Vadim Nemkov (9-2) who just recently finished another former champion in Liam McGeary.
Since April 2014, Davis has gone 7-2 with his only losses coming to the current champion Ryan Bader by split decision. In Davis’ last time out he finished Linton Vassell with a head kick in the third round.
Nemkov’s win over McGeary extended his current winning streak to four and he has yet to win a fight via decision in his 11 fight career (eight KO/TKOs, one submission).
In the co-main event, we’ll be getting a rematch as Ryan Couture (11-6) looks to rebound off of his loss to Saad Awad by getting another W over Israel’s own Haim Gozali (8-5).
Couture has gone 1-3 in his last four with the Gozali being his only win. Since the loss, Gozali has gone 1-1.
And in the women’s featherweight division, Bellator just continues to one-up the UFC by bolstering their roster as Olga Rubin (4-0) faces her toughest challenge yet by welcoming the underrated veteran Cindy Dandois (12-3) to Bellator.
Dandois is 8-1 in her last nine and her only loss since 2014 came in her UFC debut to Alexis Davis last year. Since then she has won five in a row with all but one of her wins comings via finish (Two KO/TKOs, two submissions).
Her one decision win came over “King” Reina Miura at the 2017 RIZIN New Years Eve show. This was Miura’s first career loss
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/20/2018