Two new fights have been added to the upcoming Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 card.
The event takes place June 24 from St. Louis, as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson makes his Bellator return against Satoshi Ishii.
Also, a new lightweight champion will be crowned, as Michael Chandler meets Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.
Below is a complete press release and the current MMA lineup:
A women’s flyweight showdown between Ilima Macfarlane (3-0) and Rebecca Ruth (6-1) has been added to the main card of “Bellator: Dynamite 2” on June 24, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The bout joins a main event that features a heavyweight bout between “Rampage” Jackson (36-11) and Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1), in “Rampage’s” first fight for the Scott Coker-led promotion since 2014. The evening’s co-main event will feature a lightweight title fight between former titlist Michael Chandler (14-3) and Patricky “Pitbull” (16-7). Also the main card, former NFL playerMatt Mitrione (9-5) makes his debut for Bellator MMA agaisnt Carl “Badwater” Seumanutafa (10-6).
MMA coach to stars the likes of entertainer Demi Lovato and New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, Guilherme “Bomba” (7-3) makes his promotional debut when he takes on Shamrock FC standout Jordan Dowdy (3-1) on the Bellator.com-streamed prelims.
Tickets for “Bellator: Dynamite 2” are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center. Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. CT local time, and the first contest takes place one hour after.
“Bellator: Dynamite 2” airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App.
Exactly like the groundbreaking inaugural “Dynamite” event this past September in San Jose, both a mixed martial arts cage and kickboxing ring will cover the floor at Scottrade Center, in St. Louis, giving fans in attendance the opportunity to see both iterations of combat sports on the same night.
Macfarlane enters this bout on a high note, earning victories in her first three professional fights. “The Ilimanator” has taken care of business since joining Bellator MMA, winning her first two fights with the promotion, including a first round armbar submission against Amber Tackett at “Bellator 148: Daley vs. Uhrich” in January. The 26-year-old San Diego native hopes to keep her winning streak alive against the more experienced Rebecca Ruth.
Hailing from Robertsville, Missouri, the elusive Rebecca Ruth went undefeated in 2015, winning all three of her matchups by technical knockout under the Shamrock Fighting Championships banner. Now, after emerging victorious in her 2016 and Bellator MMA debut, “Ruthless” enters the cage with a 6-1 career record and four-fight winning streak. Of her six career wins, five have come by way of knockout, with three of those knockouts delivered by Ruth in the first round. The 37-year-old flyweight will have her hands full when the much younger Ilima Macfarlane joins her in the cage on June 24.
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Catchweight: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii
Vacant Bellator Lightweight Championship
Michael Chandler vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire
Heavyweight: Matt Mitrione vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Female Flyweight: Ilima Macfarlane vs. Rebecca Ruth
Welterweight: Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Jordan Dowdy
Welterweight: Kevin Engel vs. Chel Erwin-Davis
Bantamweight: Jordan Howard vs. Justin Robbins
Welterweight: Joaquin Buckley vs. Chris Heatherly
Catchweight: Michelle Royer vs. Katy Collins
Catchweight: Brad Jones vs. Tyler Claussen
Middleweight: Jason Christeson vs. Jarrod Thomas
Heavyweight: Lee Burns vs. Byron Stevens
Welterweight: Steven Mann vs. Mike Estus
Welterweight: Rashard Lovelace vs. Garret Mueller
Strawweight: Nikki Smith vs. Ashley Cummins