Bellator returns on Thursday night with the goal of finding their next middleweight champion. The 10-fight card hosted at the Mohgen Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, is set to be headlined by former champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight champ Douglas Lima.
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Preliminary Card (5:15PM EDT) (Youtube)
Bout 1: Cody Law (0-0) vs. Orlando Ortega (0-0) (Featherweight)
The preliminary card on Thursday evening is scheduled to have a double pro debut, as Cody Law will fight Orlando Ortega. Law will make his pro MMA debut after a collegiate wrestling career and a short amateur career. Law went undefeated in his five-fight run as an amateur, three of which were stoppage victories.
Ortega comes into the cage with a similar amount of amateur experience, although it was not as successful. Per Tapology, Ortega finished his career as an amateur with three wins and three losses.
Bout 2: Adam Borics (15-1) vs. Erick Sanchez (9-5) (Catchweight 150 lbs)
Bellator resident fighter Adam Borics will return on the prelims, being matched with Erick Sanchez. Borics’ last fight was a win after he faced his first career loss in January to former bantamweight champ Darrion Caldwell. In his returning fight, Borics won a split decision against Mike Hamel.
The bout will be the Bellator debut for Sanchez, who has a record of nine wins and five losses previously in his career. Sanchez fought his last two bouts in high-level regional promotion Combate Americas.
Bout 3: Taylor Johnson (6-1) vs. Johnny Eblen (6-0) (Middleweight)
After a successful Bellator debut in September, Taylor Johnson returns on the prelims to fight undefeated Johnny Eblen. Johnson’s Bellator debut lasted less than a minute, defeating Ed Ruth via heel hook at Bellator 245.
Eblen has two wins from 2019 in Bellator, decisions over Chauncey Foxworth and Mauricio Alonso.
Bout 4: Nick Newell (16-3) vs. Zach Zane (14-9) (Lightweight)
Lightweights Nick Newell and Zach Zane will return for their first 2020 fight on the prelims. Zane won his Bellator debut in his last fight, defeating Nainoa Dung via decision in December.
Newell lost in his last fight, dropping a split decision to Manny Muro. His previous fight, his first in Bellator, saw him defeat Corey Browning in the first round with an arm triangle choke.
Bout 5: Bobby Voelker (33-13) vs. Sabah Homasi (14-8) (Welterweight)
Former UFC fighter Bobby Voelker will return to a big stage for the first time in a while on Thursday when matched against Sabah Homasi.
Voelker had an unsuccessful UFC run, losing four-straight from 2013 to 2014 before being cut from the roster. He has since fought in Shamrock FC, attaining nine wins through 10 bouts in the promotion. The promotional run, which culminated in winning a 170-pound belt, earned him a spot in Bellator.
He fights Homasi, who will look to complete a trio of victories within the promotion. Homasi won his first fight of 2020 in August, defeating Curtis Millender via decision.
Bout 6: Ty Gwerder (5-1) vs. Dalton Rosta (3-0) (Middleweight)
Like he has done throughout his short career as a pro, Dalton Rosta will wager his undefeated streak on Thursday when he faces Ty Gwerder. Rosta’s third win in Bellator came in August, as a fight against Mark Gardner was called after a round by the ringside doctor. All of Rosta’s wins as a pro and amateur are via stoppage.
Gwerder won his first Bellator bout in September, defeating George Tokkos in the third round. His previous fight, his first within the promotion, was a decision loss to Joseph Creer.
Bout 7: Jake Hager (2-0) vs. Brandon Calton (2-0) (Heavyweight)
The preliminary card will be capped off by a heavyweight fight between Jake Hager and Brandon Calton. The fight is the fourth for Hager, who currently balances a career in pro wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling as well.
Hager’s last win generated controversy, as his fight was ruled a no-contest after two different knees to the groin took Anthony Garrett out of the fight. Hager claimed afterwards that he did not knee Garrett.
The fight will be Calton’s first for Bellator. Still a rookie in MMA, Calton won his first two fights as a pro via stoppage. Calton also has a previous background in athletics, as he used to play for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Main Card (8:00PM EDT) (CBS Sports Network)
Bout 8: Veta Arteaga (5-4) vs. Desiree Yanez (5-2) (Flyweight)
The three-fight main card will kick off with a flyweight bout between Veta Arteaga and Desiree Yanez. Arteaga has spent the majority of her pro career in Bellator, although for the first time on Thursday she will look to get out of a two-fight skid. Her last fight was a loss in December to Alejandra Lara.
Yanez enters the promotion after a two-fight stint in Combate Americas. Her last fight, which also took place in December, was a split decision loss to Melissa Martinez.
Bout 9: Henry Corrales (17-5) vs. Brandon Girtz (16-9) (Featherweight)
After both having an absence from the win column, Henry Corrales and Brandon Girtz will be matched on the main card of Bellator 250.
Corrales is currently on a two-fight skid. The older of the two losses was to former bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell in the opening round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. Corrales fought again in January, dropping a fight to now-bantamweight champ Juan Archuleta.
Girtz was unsuccessful in his last appearance, losing a decision to former UFC fighter Myles Jury.
Bout 10: Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) vs. Douglas Lima (32-7) (Vacant Bellator Middleweight Championship)
Bellator will aim to find a new middleweight champion in the main event of Thursday’s card. The fight features Gegard Mousasi and Douglas Lima, two names who are more than qualified for a title shot.
The title was formerly held by Rafael Lovato Jr., although it was vacated after Lovato Jr. was diagnosed with cerebral cavernoma.
Mousasi’s previous run with the belt was stopped by Lovato Jr. in June of 2019, as the nine-fight underdog pulled off a huge upset to win a majority decision over Mousasi.
Mousasi has won a fight since, defeating Lyoto Machida in a split decision.
Mousasi’s resume is a deep and storied one, putting together respectable careers in the UFC and Japanese MMA promotion DREAM before heading to Bellator in 2017.
Lima drops down to middleweight in hopes of becoming a two-division champion. Currently being Bellator’s welterweight champ, Lima has been in the title picture since 2014.
He started his third run with the title in his last fight, defeating Rory MacDonald at Bellator 232.