French lightweight contender Mansour Barnaoui will make his Bellator debut later this year, facing Adam Piccolotti in the main event of an October 29th show.
The bout will headline a card from the Allianz Cloud Arena in Milan, Italy, per an announcement made by the promotion earlier this week.
Barnaoui will be appearing in a major MMA promotion for the first time in years. He has spent recent years of his career in Korean promotion Road FC, where he strung together six consecutive finish wins from 2017 to 2019.
The upcoming bout will also be Barnaoui’s first appearance in more than three years. His last fight dates back to May 2019, when he submitted Kwon A-sol to earn the Road FC Lightweight Championship.
Earlier fights in Barnaoui’s career include bouts in KSW and M-1 Challenge.
Piccolotti, a veteran of Bellator, will be aiming to spoil Barnaoui’s debut fight.
Appearing in his 13th Bellator bout, Piccolotti is riding the momentum of a win that he scored earlier this year. His last appearance was at Bellator 274 in February, when he scored a unanimous decision win over Georgi Karakhanyan.
Bellator announced 12 fights in total for their October 29th show recently. The card includes other notable European talents, including Fabian Edwards, Saul Rogers, Yves Landu, and Simon Biyong.
Here’s a full look at the show currently:
Bout 12: Adam Piccolotti (13-4) vs. Mansour Barnaoui (19-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 11: Fabian Edwards (10-2) vs. Charlie Ward (10-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 10: Saul Rogers (15-4) vs. Tim Wilde (14-4-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 9: Justin Gonzales (13-1) vs. Andrew Fisher (19-8-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 8: Thibault Gouti (16-5) vs. Alfie Davis (14-4-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 7: Davy Gallon (21-7-2) vs. Daniele Scatizzi (11-6) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Simon Biyong (8-2) vs. Dragos Zubco (3-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Chiara Penco (7-3) vs. Manuela Marconetto (3-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 4: Yves Landu (17-9) vs. Walter Cogliandro (11-3-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 3: Costello van Steenis (13-2) vs. Kamil Oniszczuk (9-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 2: Nicolo Solli (3-1) vs. Bourama Camara (5-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 1: Steven Hill (5-0) vs. Walter Pugliesi (9-3) (Middleweight)