Bellator 220 continues to shape up with the addition of two more main-card bouts.
Benson Henderson is set to meet Adam Piccolotti in a lightweight fight, and Phil Davis and Liam McGeary are set to rematch at light heavyweight on April 27 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. ESPN reported the pairings Tuesday.
Henderson, a former UFC lightweight champion, has won two in a row with a decision of Saad Awad and a submission of Roger Huerta. “Smooth,” who signed with Bellator in 2016, had a rough start to his career in the new promotion, losing three of his first four fights. The MMA Lab product is 3-3 under the Bellator banner.
Piccolotti is also riding a two-fight winning streak. Most recently, the 30-year-old defeated James Terry last September. This fight will arguably mark the biggest of his career.
Davis is coming off a split-decision loss to rising 205-pound fighter Vadim Nemkov last November at Bellator 209. Prior to that, “Mr. Wonderful” had won two in a row, including a knockout of Linton Vassell. Davis held the Bellator light heavyweight title from November 2016 to June 2017; he won it from McGeary, also a former champ, in their first fight.
McGeary bounced back from a two-fight skid in his last fight, knocking out Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal last December. The Brit also shares a loss to Nemkov, but it was via third-round TKO unlike Davis’ split decision. McGeary held the belt from February 2015 to when Davis dominated him a year and a half later.
In the Bellator 220 main event, welterweight champ Rory MacDonald defends his title against Jon Fitch in the first round of the grand prix. Flyweight titleholder Ilima Lei-Macfarlane defends her belt against Veta Arteaga in the co-headliner. The main card will air exclusively on DAZN.