Bellator 190 will be the company’s fourth event in Italy and the
second inside Florence’s Nelson Mandela Forum. The company
previously staged Bellator 168 at the same venue last December.
Carvalho, 31, hasn’t lost an MMA bout since his pro debut in
December 2011. The Brazilian has rode a 14-fight winning streak to
the Bellator 185-pound title, capturing the vacant crown by
Halsey with a liver kick in October 2015, then successfully
defending his title twice against vaunted Dutch striker Melvin
Manhoef. After a contentious and disputed split decision over
Manhoef in May of last year, Carvalho won the rematch in much more
convincing fashion this past April — in Torino, Italy, incidentally
— by knocking “No Mercy” out with a head kick.
The 36-year-old Sakara exited the UFC after an eight-year tenure in
October 2013 amidst a four-fight skid that saw him lose to Chris
Weidman, Brian Stann,
Cote and Nico Musoke. “Legionarius” has rebounded, winning
three in a row, including two knockout wins in the Bellator cage.
In 2016, the American Top Team rep knocked out Brian
Rogers and Joey
Beltran on Italian Bellator cards to earn his title bid.