Three new bouts have been added to the preliminary lineup for Bellator 137, including 30-0 Julio Cesar Neves, Jr.
Set for May 15 from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, the card features a middleweight title fight between Brandon Halsey and Kendall Grove. The main card airs on Spike TV.
Announced for the card are bouts between Jesse Juarez and Ricky Rainey, Joe Taimanglo and Antonio Duarte, and Neves and Jordan Parsons.
Juarez is a seven-time Bellator MMA veteran whose days with the company date back to the promotion’s second show. The 33-year-old has been fighting professionally since 2006 but is currently enjoying one of the best runs of his career at 5-1 in his past six appearances, a run that includes Bellator MMA wins over Ron Keslar, Joe Williams and Jordan Smith.
Rainey fights for the fourth time under the Bellator MMA banner. All three of Rainey’s Bellator MMA fights have ended in the first round, as he’s bracketed TKO wins over Johnny Cisneros and Andy Murad around a loss to top contender Michael Page. Seven of Rainey’s 10 career wins have come by finish, including six by knockout.
A five-time Bellator MMA veteran, Taimanglo has quickly established himself as one of Guam’s top fighting exports. A scrappy 30-year-old, Taimanglo never fails to entertain. He fought most recently in September, scoring a decision win over Michael Parker.
Fighting professionally since 2006, Duarte hails from Tijuana, Mexico. He makes his Bellator MMA debut on the strength of back-to-back submission wins over Marco Beristain and Ed West. Fifteen of Duarte’s 18 career wins come by way of stoppage, including 11 by tapout.
The 24-year-old Parsons is a member of California’s famed Alliance MMA. Fighting professionally, Parsons has established himself as one of the top prospects in the world after winning 10 of his first 11 professional fights, including three by knockout and two by submission. Parsons made his Bellator MMA debut in April 2014, scoring a knockout win over Tim Bazer just four seconds into the second round.
Neves Jr. has compiled an incredible career mark of 30-0 despite being just 20 years old. Competing professionally since 2011, when he was just 17 years old, he already owns a pair of Bellator victories by TKO, as he downed Poppies Martinez in the first round of a September 2014 matchup and finished Josh Arocho in the second round of an April 2014 contest.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Bellator Middleweight Championship
Brandon Halsey (c) vs. Kendall Grove
Bantamweight: Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman
Light Heavyweight: Virgil Zwicker vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Welterweight: Fernando Gonzalez vs. Curtis Millender
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Jesse Juarez vs. Ricky Rainey
Bantamweight: Joe Taimanglo vs. Antonio Duarte
Featherweight: Jordan Parsons vs. Julio Caesar Neves, Jr.