The total Bellator 290: Bader vs Fedor 2 combat card has been made official with an addition of 4 preliminary bouts. MMA occasion takes place at The Kia Discussion board Inglewood, CA on Saturday, February 4. Among the many newly introduced matchups, No. 5-ranked heavyweight contender Steve Mowry (10-0, 1 NC) faces former 2008 males’s freestyle Olympian and the promotional debutant Ali Isaev (9-0).
Additionally becoming a member of Bellator 290 combat card, No. 8-ranked middleweight Lorenz Larkin (24-7, 2 NC) meets Mukhamed Berkhamov (15-1, 1 NC) within the rematch at welterweight, following their No Contest in July. As nicely, former bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (14-6, 1 NC) goes up towards Nikita Mikhailov (9-2). As well as, Isaiah Hokit (2-1) meets Peter Ishiguro (2-1) at featherweight.
In the primary occasion heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (30-7-1) and Fedor Emelianenko (40-6-1) sq. off within the rematch. Within the co-main occasion middleweight champion Johnny Eblen (12-0) defends his belt towards Anatoly Tokov (31-3). Kicking off the primary card, Sabah Homasi (17-10) and Brennan Ward (16-6) battle it out at welterweight.
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Steve Mowry vs Ali Isaev
Aptly nicknamed “Tall” Steve Mowry, the six-foot-eight finisher most just lately fought to a no contest towards former interim Bellator heavyweight champion Valentin Moldavsky in August. The consequence snapped a ten-fight profitable – and ending – streak for the No. 5-ranked heavyweight contender, although he stays unbeaten as knowledgeable since signing with Bellator in 2018. The 30-year-old Kill Cliff FC product is raring to return to his profitable methods this February when he meets Ali Isaev in a conflict of undefeated heavyweights. Mowry will look to leverage his harmful placing and potent submission expertise to provide Isaev a heat welcome to Bellator’s heavyweight division on an evening when their divisional title is up for grabs within the occasion’s headliner.
Ali Isaev is not any stranger to the brightest lights in fight sports activities, having competed as a part of the 2008 Summer time Olympics in Beijing, China. A former champion at PFL, Isaev brings his undefeated file with him to Bellator 290 as he appears to be like to make a robust first impression on Bellator followers and the heavyweight division. The embellished wrestler has not competed since 2019, however a win over a fighter the likes of Mowry is nearly as good as any to start his ascent up the divisional ladder. The 39-year-old will look to show he belongs with the most effective as he takes on the No. 5-ranked contender in his promotional debut this February 4 in Inglewood.
Lorenz Larkin vs Mukhamed Berkhamov 2
Unbeaten since 2018, No. 8-ranked middleweight Lorenz Larkin noticed his return to the welterweight division this previous July spoiled when he and Mukhamed Berkhamov fought to a no contest at Bellator 283. Riverside’s Larkin seemed spectacular in his prior six outings, which noticed him go 6-0 with an emphatic knockout of Kyle Stewart as a becoming exclamation level to the profitable run. At Bellator 290, the 36-year-old Larkin will look to search out closure towards Berkhamov and kick off this second foray at 170-pounds in dominant style with a highlight-reel victory on the lead-in to the Bellator on CBS debut.
Whereas Larkin noticed his six-fight profitable streak snapped with the no contest, Mukhamed Berkhamov’s stretch of 12 straight victories got here to an finish at Bellator 283, as nicely. The previous ACB Welterweight champion is a embellished finisher with 9 submissions and two knockouts to his identify, one submission of which got here by the hands of now-No. 10-ranked Jaleel Willis in Berkhamov’s Bellator debut. The 28-year-old’s intensive resume contains wins over Willis, Tofiq Musayev, Jesse Taylor, and Brett Cooper, however Berkhamov hopes Bellator 290 will see him add Lorenz Larkin’s identify to that listing as he hopes to interrupt into the crowded welterweight rankings this February.
Darrion Caldwell vs Nikita Mikhailov
Former Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell has had a tumultuous time contained in the Bellator cage since 2020, however the 35-year-old New Jersey native hopes he can flip all that round on February 4 towards Nikita Mikhailov. Caldwell gained the Bellator title in 2017 with a unanimous resolution victory over Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas, which he adopted up with a dominant first-round guillotine choke of Leandro Higo for his first title protection. He additionally holds wins over featherweights Adam Borics, Henry Corrales, and Noad Lahat. At Bellator 290, Caldwell will look to return to the win column towards Mikhailov and reassert his standing as the most effective bantamweights in Bellator’s 135-pound division.
Reverse Caldwell, Nikita Mikhailov is raring to indicate that even at simply 24 years outdated, his time is now within the talent-rich Bellator bantamweight division. He’s 2-1 in Bellator up to now, a run that features a victory over fan-favorite Brian Moore. Mikhailov joined Bellator in 2021 and confronted eventual Bellator bantamweight World Grand Prix entrant Enrique Barzola in his final outing. Mikhailov will look so as to add the largest win of his profession to his resume towards Caldwell on Bellator 290 with a watch on getting into the higher echelon of the division this February.
MMA followers can watch Bellator 290: Bader vs Fedor 2 stay on Paramount+. In Australia the occasion airs stay on Sunday, February 5.
Bellator 290 combat card
The total Bellator 290: Bader vs Fedor 2 combat card appears to be like as the next:
Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianenko – Bader’s heavyweight titleJohnny Eblen vs. Anatoly Tokov – Eblen’s middleweight titleSabah Homasi vs. Brennan Ward
Neiman Gracie vs. Michael LombardoLorenz Larkin vs. Mukhamed BerkhamovHenry Corrales vs. Akhmed MagomedovSteve Mowry vs. Ali IsaevChris Gonzalez vs. Max RohskopfGrant Neal vs. Karl AlbrektssonAlejandra Lara vs. Diana AvsaragovaDarrion Caldwell vs. Nikita MikhailovJaylon Bates vs. Jornel LugoIsaiah Hokit vs. Peter IshiguroEthan Hughes vs. Yusuf Karakaya