Thiago Jambo’s Bellator debut will now serve as the co-main event for Bellator 156, as he takes on Chidi Njokuani.
Officials announced the change on Friday after Douglas Lima was moved to the Bellator 157 headline fight vs. Paul Daley next month.
Below is the complete press release, along with the current fight card:
An undisclosed injury to “Bellator 158” competitor Josh Koscheck has paved the way for a new co-main feature bout at “Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2,” pitting Chidi “Chidi Bang Bang” Njokuani (14-4) against Thiago Jambo (18-4) on June 17 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. Jambo will be making his promotional debut in place of Douglas Lima.
The fight completes a card that features a Bellator MMA Bantamweight Title rematch pitting Marcos Galvao (17-6-1) against Eduardo Dantas (17-4), while Fresno native, Chris Honeycutt (7-1) returns home to take on Mikkel Parlo (13-2) in a middleweight slugfest. Rounding out the main card, John Salter (11-3) and Brandon Halsey (9-1) duke it out in a 185-pound feature bout.
“Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 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. Tickets for the event start at only $25 and are currently on sale at the Save Mart Center Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.
Having not lost a fight in his last six appearances dating back to 2013, “Chidi Bang Bang” will try to keep the train rolling as he prepares for Jambo. The 27-year-old Las Vegas native finished his 2015 campaign on a high note, recording a unanimous decision victory over Ricky “The Sniper” Rainey in his promotional debut at “Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef.” Njokuani will face one of the stiffest tests of his career when he meets Jambo in the co-headliner of “Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2.”
The 35-year-old Goncalves has landed himself a golden opportunity when he steps into the cage with Njokuani in the co-feature on June 17. The 12-year professional most recently earned his 18th career win by defeating Matt Baker via technical knockout in the second round of their contest and now the Brazilian welterweight will be making his Bellator MMA debut after impressively recording six wins over his last seven fights dating back to 2010.
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Bellator Bantamweight Championship
Marcos Galvao (c) vs. Eduardo Dantas
Welterweight: Thiago Jambo vs. Chidi Njokuani
Middleweight: Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter
Middleweight: Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
PRELIMINARY CARD (FightLine.com)
Middleweight: A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter
Welterweight: Ricky Rainey vs. Thiago Jambo
Light Heavyweight: Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins
Catchweight: Paul Ruiz vs. Christian Navarro
Heavyweight: Javy Ayala vs. Roy Boughton
Lightweight: Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith
Lightweight: C.J. Keith vs. Carrington Banks
Light Heavyweight: Justin Smitley vs. TBA
Light Heavyweight: John Paul Elias vs. Jose Cabesas
Heavyweight: Chris Lewis vs. Gil Medina
Lightweight: Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar