The mixed martial arts portion of Bellator MMA’s first event overseas has been finalized, with the addition of Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (15-7) versus Derek Campos (16-6) in the main event of Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Campos at Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy on April 16.
Also, Anastasia Yankova (2-0) will make her promotional debut against Anjela Pink in MMA flyweight action and Oktagon competitors Daniele Miceli (2-0) and Daniele Scatizzi (6-2) will round out the MMA card with a featherweight showdown.
Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Campos will also include the promotional debut of Italian fan-favorite Alessio Sakara (17-11), who faces Brian Rogers (12-8) in a light heavyweight matchup and one of MMA’s most promising young prospects, A.J. McKee (3-0), fights Danilo Belluardo (5-1) at 145-pounds.
Fresh off an emphatic knockout of Ryan Couture at Bellator 148: Daley vs. Uhrich to kickoff 2016, “Pitbull” will look to extend his current winning streak when he takes on a streaking Derek Campos. Also known as the “The Stallion,” Campos is riding a wave of momentum into Italy, as he is returning to action following a finish of Melvin Guillard during main card action at the rating’s-shattering Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie event. With 15 TKO/KO’s between them, expect these two lightweights to trade leather in the center of the cage on April 16th.
It’s easy to classify Yankova as “just another pretty face,” but the 24-year-old Russian Muay Thai Champion has the fighting skills to more than match her good looks. Undefeated thus far in her budding MMA career, the Moscow native will face Pink in her Bellator debut. Ultimately, both women will look to make a statement as the Scott Coker-led promotion continues to build its women’s flyweight division.
In addition to five mixed martial arts contests, The Pala Alpitour, which hosted several amazing events during the 2016 Winter Olympic Games, will be the home of the inaugural Bellator Kickboxing: Torino card, which will be headlined by one of the most accomplished knockout artists in combat sports, Melvin Manhoef (49-12), who takes on Alexandru Negrea (8-2). “No Mercy” is also scheduled to return to MMA when he challenges for the middleweight title against Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef on May 20.
Raymond Daniels (10-3), Denise Kieholtz (43-2) and Kevin Ross (30-9) will also be competing at the groundbreaking Bellator Kickboxing: Torino event on April 16 against yet to be announced opponents.
Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Campos Fight Card:
Lightweight Main Event: Patricky Freire (15-7) vs. Derek Campos (16-6)
Light Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Alessio Sakara (17-11) vs. Brian Rogers (12-8)
Featherweight Feature Bout: A.J. McKee (3-0) vs. Danilo Belluardo (5-1)
Flyweight Feature Bout: Anastasia Yankova (2-0) vs. Anjela Pink (Debut)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Daniele Miceli (2-0) vs. Daniele Scatizzi (6-2)
Bellator Kickboxing: Torino Fight Card:
Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (49-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)
165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. TBA
Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kieholtz (43-2) vs. TBA
Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. TBA