Bellator MMA is coming Israel as the promotion announced on Wednesday that is set to hold its debut card in the region on November 10 as current welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-1) will make the second defense of his belt against the man he took it from more than a year ago, Douglas Lima (27-6), in the main event.
Also announced for the card is a featherweight fight between newly signed Noad Lahat (9-2) and Scott Cleve (15-5). Additional main card and preliminary fights will be announced in coming weeks.
The current Bellator MMA welterweight King, Koreshkov most recently dominated former world champion Benson Henderson for 25 minutes in his first-ever title defense. 19-1 as a professional, “Spartan” has not tasted defeat since 2013 and has finished 13 of his opponents by either knockout or submission.
Coming off of a dominant victory over top contender Paul Daley, “The Phenom” Lima has earned the right to challenge for the title which he once held. The American Top Team standout has a knack for winning fights in spectacular fashion before reaching the judges’ scorecards, which he has accomplished in 23 of his 27 wins as a professional. Born in Brazil, the 28-year-old has secured victories over top competition since starting his career in 2006, tallying wins against Ben Saunders (2x), Ryan Ford, Steve Carl and Olympic competitor Rick Hawn. Now fully healthy, Lima looks to fight twice in a calendar year for the first time since 2013.
A black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Lahat made his professional debut in 2008, where he began an impressive streak of seven consecutive victories. The 32-year-old “Neo” then decided to take his talents to the UFC, where he tacked on two more wins, rounding out his current professional record of 9-2. Hailing from Alfei Menashe, Samaria Israel, Lahat was also a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces before transitioning to his now promising MMA career. He will look to compete in a strong Bellator MMA Featherweight class that includes current title holder Daniel Straus, Pat Curran, Patricio “Pitbull,” Daniel Weichel, and Georgi Karakhanyan.
At 34 years of age, Scott Cleve is set for his fifth appearance under the Bellator MMA banner, the Colorado native has a knack for ending fights early, stopping his opponent in 11 of his 15 victories. Notable victories on the “Pariah MMA” standouts resume include wins over UFC veteran Abel Trujillo, along with Bellator competitors Derek Campos and Matt Bessette.