Bellator’s May 7th lineup has received three new matchups, as first reported by Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog. The fights will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, behind closed doors.
Corrales To Face Lee In Bantamweight Contest
Two regulars of Bellator’s bantamweight division in Henry Corrales and Kevin Lee will meet at Bellator 258.
Lee will be competing for the first time after having his rookie year in Bellator in 2020. His third and most recent Bellator fight was his sole loss under the promotion, dropping a bout on scorecards to Raufeon Stots. Before then, he had victories over Shawn Bunch and Vinicius Zani.
Corrales snapped a two-fight skid in his last bout, defeating Brandon Girtz via split decision in October. Corrales’ previous fights in the cage saw him lose to high-profile names Darrion Caldwell and Juan Archuleta.
Undefeated Talent Booked For Prelims
Two undefeated fighters will return to the Bellator cage as part of the promotion’s preliminary card.
Appearing in his fourth Bellator bout, undefeated middleweight Johnny Eblen will fight Daniel Madrid on the preliminary card. Elben picked up his third decision win in October, scoring a win over Taylor Johnson at Bellator 250.
Madrid, an experienced MMA fighter with over 25 fights, will be returning after winning his Bellator debut against Pat Casey in September.
Weber Almeida will also fight on the prelims, attempting to keep a career-long streak of finish wins alive when fighting Johnny Soto.
Almeida has been part of the Bellator roster since 2019, picking up three wins due to his strikes since then. The 33-year-old made his return in August, where he stopped Salim Mukhidinov within a round.
The fight will be Soto’s first appearance for Bellator. He has picked up wins in his last three fights, all coming from submission to TKO.
Soto was scheduled to appear on a Bellator card in November against Gaston Bolanos, although that fight was removed from the lineup on short notice.
Bout 6: Juan Archuleta (25-2) vs. Sergio Pettis (20-5) (Bellator Bantamweight Championship)
Bout 5: Patchy Mix (13-1) vs. James Gallagher (11-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 4: Raufeon Stots (15-1) vs. Josh Hill (20-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Henry Corrales (18-5) vs. Keith Lee (7-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 2: Johnny Eblen (7-0) vs. Daniel Madrid (18-6) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Weber Almeida (4-0) vs. Johnny Soto (3-1) (Featherweight)