Ontario native Chris Horodecki will have an opportunity to fight in front of his friends and family in a little less than two weeks when Bellator visits the province for Bellator 47 and the semi-final round of the promotion’s ongoing “Summer Series” featherweight tournament. Though not officially announced yet, the well-rounded lightweight will face Chris Saunders at the July 23 event in what should be the first of multiple fights for “The Polish Hammer” under the Bellator banner.
News of Horodecki’s appearance and opponent were first reported by Sherdog and have since been confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain with a source close to the situation.
The 17-3 youngster first made a name for himself in the IFL with an impressive string of consecutive wins including victories over Ed West and Bart Palaszewski and was recently seen in WEC where he compiled a 2-2 record with success against Ed Ratcliff and Danny Downes. Horodecki last fought in April for a Canadian promotion where he added an opening round submission to his record, the third of his career.
While Saunders may not be a household name yet, the 25-year old prospect has gone 9-1 since turning pro two years ago and is currently on a seven-fight winning streak. He is also coming off back-to-back knockout performances meaning fans could be in for a treat given Horodecki’s general willingness to strike.
As previously mentioned, Bellator 47 will play host to the “Summer Series” semi-finals with 18-2 Marlon Sandro seeing action against submission specialist Nazareno Malegarie and sensational Brit Ronnie Mann mixing it up with former lightweight tournament winner Pat Curran.