A new co-main event has been set for Bellator 150, as Cheick Kongo takes on Vinicius Quieroz now from the Kansas Star Arena on Spike TV.
The event, set for February 26, features a headline bout pitting bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao against Eduardo Dantas.
Also set for the main card is a female flyweight affair between Lena Ovchynnikova and Rebecca Ruth.
Kongo will be making his eighth appearance under the Bellator MMA banner, looking to add to his impressive promotional mark of 5-2. The Paris native has fought a who’s who in the mixed martial arts landscape, with notable wins against Mirko Cro Cop, Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione, and Alexander Volkov already on his record. In his last outing – which just so happened to be inside the Kansas Star Arena – Kongo impressively defeated Volkov via unanimous decision.
After nearly two years out of action, Queiroz returned to the Bellator MMA cage against Ewerton Teixeira at “Bellator 139: Kongo vs. Volkov,” defeating his Brazilian opponent via second round arm-triangle choke. “Spartan” hopes to plant the seeds for a busy 2016 with the matchup against Kongo, where a win can undoubtedly place him in the midst of the heavyweight title picture.
Hailing from Ukraine, Ovchynnikova will enter the fray fresh off a new exclusive, multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA. “Hunter” has previously fought the likes of Joanne Calderwood and at only 28-years-old has already competed professionally since 2006. Now, Ovchynnikova looks to solidify herself as a top contender in the budding women’s flyweight division on February 26 against a tough foe in Ruth.
“Becky” Ruth was undefeated in 2015, winning all three of her matchups by technical knockout under the Shamrock Fighting Championships banner. The lone loss on the Missouri native’s record came against Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, via controversial split decision.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Bellator Bantamweight Championship
Marcos Galvao (c) vs. Eduardo Dantas
Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz
Lightweight: David Rickels vs. Bobby Cooper
Female Flyweight: Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Rebecca Ruth
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Middleweight: Gregory Babene vs. Trey Houston
Featherweight: Gaston Reyno vs. Chuka Willis
Heavyweight: Daniel Gallemore vs. Frederick Brown
Middleweight: Chris Harris vs. Julian Marquez
Lightweight: Marcio Navarro vs. Henry Lindsay
Featherweight: Thai Clark vs. Deron Carlis
Welterweight: Manny Meraz vs. Andre Fialho
Lightweight: Jason Witt vs. Jonathan Gary