Chinzo Machida will make his long-awaited Bellator debut at Bellator 160 this month.
Officials announced Machida vs. Mario Navarro for the August 26 card from the Honda Center. The event features Benson Henderson vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in the main event.
Below is a complete press release and the current fight card:
Chinzo Machida (3-2) will make his promotional debut in featherweight preliminary action at “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” on August 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., against Mario Navarro (4-4).
The fight joins a main card that includes a lightweight main event between fellow superstars Benson Henderson (23-6) and Patricio “Pitbull” (25-3). In addition, undefeated knockout artist A.J. McKee (4-0) clashes with former KOTC titlist Henry Corrales (12-3), while explosive lightweights Saad Awad (19-7) and Derek Anderson (13-2) go toe-to-toe in a matchup that you do not want to miss. Rounding out the televised action is a women’s flyweight encounter pitting Lena Ovchynnikova (11-4) against Jaimelene Nievera (4-1).
During the must-see preliminary portion of the event, Bubba Jenkins (11-2) will look for revenge against Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan (24-6-1) in a featherweight rematch. In welterweight action, both Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. and Joey Davis will both suit up for the first time under the Bellator umbrella and make their professional debuts.
“Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” takes place on August 26 inside Anaheim California’s Honda Center, and will air LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
Doors for the event open at 4:45 p.m. PT local time and the first preliminary bout – which streams live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App — begins at 5:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for the event start at just $30 and can be purchased now on Ticketmaster and at the Honda Center Box Office.
Machida, the elder brother of former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, has only fought five times in his career, but is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. Machida impressively finished Brian Wood via flying knee for Resurrection Fighting Alliance in 2014 and on August 26 Machida will be fighting an opponent who’s currently on the opposite end of the spectrum, and has lost his last two outings. If unfamiliar with Machida’s handy work, look no further than his aforementioned finish of Wood here.
Navarro, 33, has competed almost exclusively in his home state of California, with 7 of 8 fights taking place a short drive from his home in Huntington Beach. A two-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, “Handsome” has competed against Cleber Luciano and Brandon Bender under the Scott Coker-led promotion and will look to get back to his winning ways in Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 26.
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/10 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Benson Henderson vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire
Lightweight: Saad Awad vs. Derek Anderson
Female Flyweight: Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Jaimelene Nievera
Featherweight: A.J. McKee vs. Henry Corrales
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Featherweight: Chinzo Machinda vs. Mario Navarro
Featherweight: Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Bubba Jenkins
Welterweight: Joey Davis vs. Keith Cutrone
Welterweight: Kevin Ferguson, Jr. vs. Jonathan Tomasian
Lightweight: Gabriel Green vs. Alex Trinidad
Flyweight: Steve Ramirez vs. Ron Henderson
Flyweight: Kyle Estrada vs. David Duran
Lightweight: Mike Segura vs. Jacob Rosales
Welterweight: Jonny Cisneros vs. Andy Murad
Lightweight: Jake Roberts vs. Stephen Martinez