Welterweights War Machine, Blas Avena to Collide June 19 at Bellator 96 in Oklahoma
By: Mike Whitman Apr 26, 2013
Machine will return to the Bellator
cage on June 19, when the welterweight clashes with World Extreme
Cagefighting veteran Blas Avena at
the 2013 Summer Series premiere on Spike TV.
Sherdog.com Friday confirmed the booking with a source close to the
96 takes place at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville,
Okla., and will also see former Strikeforce champions Muhammed
Lawal and Renato Sobral
participate in Bellator’s four-man light heavyweight
Born Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine
was expected to compete in both the Season 6 and 8 welterweight
tournaments but saw his plans derailed by a one-year jail sentence
and then a leg injury. The 31-year-old last competed in November
2011, when he stopped fellow UFC alum Roger Huerta
on third rounds strikes at a local show in Texas.
Avena, 29, makes his second Bellator appearance on the heels of a
successful promotional debut on Feb. 28, when he knocked out
Lovato in 1:40 at Bellator 91. The Californian joined the WEC
in 2007, racking up a 3-3 record under that banner before posting
just one win in his next five outings.