by MMAWeekly.com Staff Bellator Fighting Championships on Friday finalized its main card for Bellator 28, which takes place at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans on Sept. 9, marking the promotion’s first trip to the city.
Headlining the card will be a lightweight battle between Season 2 lightweight semifinalist Carey Vanier (9-3) and explosive UFC veteran Rich “No Love” Clementi (37-16-1).
Vanier TKO’d his way into the semi-finals in Season 2, but fell to submission specialist Toby Imada at Bellator 17. Vanier will be hungry for a win at Bellator 29, which marks his first fight back since the loss to Imada.
An eight-year Navy veteran and 11-year, 54-fight MMA veteran, Clementi is well known for stopping his opponents early. 20 of his 36 victories have come via submission with another nine being finished via KO or TKO.
Also on the card will be a closely contested match-up between two powerful middleweights when Bellator Season 2 semifinalist Eric Schambari (12-2) takes on battle-tested UFC veteran Matt Horwich (25-15-1).
In featherweight action, hard-hitting Season 2 semifinalist Georgi Karakhanyan (13-2-1) collides with dangerous WEC veteran Anthony Leone (8-1). Karakhayan is understandably eager for a victory after dropping a unanimous decision to eventual Season 2 Featherweight Champion Joe Warren at Bellator 18.
Also featured is a lightweight fight between fast-rising NCAA Division I wrestling champion Eric Larkin and up-and-coming Louisiana native Marcus Andrusia.