Two prelim fights have been added to the Bellator 138 card, including one in the men’s strawweight division.
Set for June 19 from St. Louis, the card features Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defending his featherweight title against Georgi Karakhanyan.
Added to the card will be welterweights Steve Mann and Justin Guthrie, along with strawweights Dan O’Connor and Miles McDonald.
Mann (10-1) is an intriguing welterweight prospect who has never fought past the opening round in 11 career contests. Eight of his 10 career wins have come by way of submission, including five by rear-naked choke. Mann makes his Bellator MMA debut on this major stage.
“The Pain Train” Guthrie, a Colorado Fight Factory product, also fights under the Bellator MMA banner for the first time. Fighting professionally since 2007, Guthrie (17-8) boasts past clashes with MMA notables Jesse Forbes, Jorge Santiago, Lumumba Sayers, Gilbert Smith and Bobby Voelker.
Guthrie has shown a well-rounded approach in previous contest, earning five victories by knockout, six by submission and six by decision, including two 25-minute contests.
In strawweight action, both “Johnny Irish” O’Connor (5-4) and McDonald (0-1) make their Bellator MMA debuts. Interestingly, St. Louis’ O’Connor owns four of his five career victories by submission but has also been tapped out in three of his four defeats to date.
Meanwhile, McDonald suffered an armbar loss in his May 2014 professional debut and now looks to rebound in his return to the cage.
Below is the current card:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock
Bellator Featherweight Championship
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (c) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Heavyweight: Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson
Lightweight: Michael Chandler vs. Derek Campos
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Steve Mann vs. Justin Guthrie
Strawweight: Dan O’Connor vs. Miles McDonald