Reports have recently surfaced regarding two fights that could join Bellator’s April 2nd lineup. One bout is confirmed with the other in the works currently.
The fights are being added to a lineup that is scheduled to happen at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
Mandel Nallo vs. Keoni Diggs
Undefeated Hawaiian fighter Keoni Diggs will step in the Bellator cage for the third time when he faces Mandel Nallo. The matchup was first reported by Rob DeMello of KHON and has since been confirmed by the promotion to happen on the preliminary portion of the show.
Diggs has picked up submission victories in both of his previous Bellator showings. His last win was in September, where he caught Derek Campos late in the fight with a rear naked choke.
Nallo will aim to earn his first win since 2018. The 31-year-old Canadian made his return in October against Saad Awad, although the fight finished early due in a no contest to an unintentional low blow.
Nallo’s previous fight was his first pro loss, as Killys Mota stopped him with leg kicks.
Prior to his loss, Nallo was known for earning two explosive stoppage victories in the promotion.
Mads Burnell vs. Saul Rogers
Bellator is in the process of making a featherweight bout between Mads Burnell and Saul Rogers, as first reported by Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
Burnell won his Bellator debut back in October, stopping Darko Banovic within a round with strikes. The former UFC fighter’s entrance into the promotion came after a strong run on the regional scene, picking up four consecutive wins in Cage Warriors.
Rogers will be competing under the Bellator banner for the fourth time. He picked up a win last year, submitting Arbi Mezhidov with a rear naked choke.
Here is how the lineup looks with the new matchups.
Bout 8: Patricio Pitbull (31-4) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (20-4) (Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinals)
Bout 7: Usman Nurmagomedov (11-0) vs. Mike Hamel (7-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Jared Scoggins (10-1) vs. Magomed Magomedov (17-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 5: Matt Mitrione (13-8) vs. Tyrell Fortune (9-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Neiman Gracie (10-1) vs. Jason Jackson (13-4) (Welterweight)
Bout 3: Kana Watanabe (9-0-1) vs. Alejandra Lara (9-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Keoni Diggs (9-0) vs. Mandel Nallo (7-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Mads Burnell (14-3) vs. Saul Rogers (14-3) (Featherweight)