The main card for Bellator 164 is now complete, as two fights have been added.
Set for November 10 from Israel, the card features Andrey Koreshkov defending his welterweight title vs. Douglas Lima.
Below is a press release detailing the new bouts, along with the complete lineup:
With Bellator MMA’s groundbreaking fight in Israel just over a month away, the Viacom-owned promotion today announced a couple of updates to the highly anticipated fight card. Georgi Karakhanyan (25-6-1), pitting him against Israel’s own Kirill Medvedovsky (6-1) in a bout to take place on the main card of the promotion’s first ever event at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv on November 10.
Karakhanyan replaces Irish prodigy James Gallagher, who now fights at ‘Bellator 169: King Mo vs. Ishii’ in Dublin on Dec. 16.
In addition, a female flyweight bout between Ukrainian superstar Lena Ovchynnikova (10-4) and Karla Benitez (13-9-1) has also been added to event, completing the lineup for main card action that will air on SPIKE in America on Friday Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
The two fights join a main event that features a welterweight world title rematch between current division champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-1) and the man who he took it from over a year ago, Douglas Lima (27-6). In addition, one of the newest members of the Bellator MMA family, Noad Lahat (9-2), will challenge fellow featherweight Scott Cleve (15-5) in the evening’s co-main event.
Bellator has partnered with Ananey Communications, an Israeli television conglomerate boasting 14 channels, several of which showcase Viacom content including the EGO and EGO TOTAL channels which have broadcast Bellator in Israel since 2012.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Bellator.com or Eventim.co.il/mma.
Karakhanyan delivered one of the most spectacular performances of his 10-year career in his most recent appearance at “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull,” finishing top featherweight prospect Bubba Jenkins with a first round knockout just 53 seconds into the contest. Karakhanyan seems to be Jenkins’ kryptonite, as the 31-year-old Russian has now handed the former NCAA wrestling champion two of his three career losses. With 14 of his 25 career wins coming by way of submission, “Insane” hopes to add to that total and finish Medvedovsky; something only one other opponent has been able to accomplish. Perhaps the taller task for Karakhanyan will be to quiet the undoubtedly rowdy crowd expected inside Menora Mivtachim Arena, as he challenges the young Israeli star in enemy territory.
Born on November 14, the recently signed 23-year-old Medvedovsky hopes to unwrap an early birthday present inside Menora Mivtachim Arena. The Netanya, Israel native enters his bout with a record of 6-1, with one knockout and a pair of submission finishes. Coming off of back-to-back first round victories, Medvedovsky hopes to make quick work of his younger opponent Gallagher and give his hometown fans exactly what they came to see.
A native of Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, Ovchynnikova will be making her second appearance under the Bellator MMA banner, following her promotional debut at the beginning of this year. The 15-fight veteran began her career in 2006, earning victories in each of her first eight bouts, including six submission finishes. One of the best strikers in her weight class, “Hunter” has also recorded eight career wins by way of submission, including six of the armbar variety. If history is any indication of her gameplan, fans can expect to see Ovchynnikova take this fight to the ground early, as she prepares to dispose of the wily veteran Benitez in front of a packed house on November 10.
Competing professionally since 2007, Benitez will finally get the opportunity to fight for a top-tier promotion based in the United States following 24-fights on the regional circuit. Boasting 13 victories with 10 finishes, the Venezuelan native has taken on fighters the likes of current UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and other top talents like Aisling Daly, Tina Lahdemaki, and women’s MMA pioneer Megumi Fuji. Now, under the bright lights of Bellator MMA, Benitez will look to put herself amongst the elite at 125-pounds, and a win over Ovchynnikova in Israel would certainly help her cause.
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Bellator Welterweight Championship
Andrey Koreshkov (c) vs. Douglas Lima
Featherweight: Noad Lahat vs. Scott Cleve
Featherweight: Georgi Karkhanyan vs. Kirill Medvedovsky
Female Flyweight: Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Karla Benitez
Welterweight: Joaquin Buckley vs. Jackie Gosh
Light Heavyweight: Chen Shhori vs. Kfir Eittan
Welterweight: Haitham Kiuof vs. Moshe Rand
Lightweight: Rob Becker vs. Ejargew Tanku
Welterweight: Sol Renato vs. Alex Trofimov
Bantamweight: Almog Shay vs. Vitaly Klimeinytsky
Lightweight: Olga Rubin vs. Laurita Cibirite
Bantamweight: Raz Bring vs. Maor Kazalkopy
Middleweight: Alexander Nikulin vs. Avi Baron
Bantamweight: Onor Keles vs. Omri Barel
Welterweight: Zane Clerk vs. Haim Gozali