Carvalho-Manhoef & Curran-Karakhanyan Top 'Bellator 155' in Boise, Idaho on May 20
Mar 7, 2016
(PRESS RELEASE) – SANTA MONICA, CALIF. – Rafael
Carvalho (12-1) will make his first defense of the Bellator MMA
Middleweight Championship against heavy-handed Melvin
Manhoef (30-12-1) in the main event of “Bellator 155: Carvalho
vs. Manhoef” on May 20 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
In the co-main event, former Bellator MMA Featherweight Titlist
Curran (21-7) will return to action for the first time since
June, when he faces the always-dangerous Georgi
Tickets for “Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” start at just $25
and go on sale next Friday, March 4 at Bellator.com, the
CenturyLink Arena Box Office, CenturyLinkArenaBoise.com or by phone
“Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” 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. Additional contests will
be announced in the coming weeks.
Carvalho’s second-round body kick knockout of Brandon
Halsey at “Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho” was the third
biggest oddsmaker upset in 2015, and extended his current winning
streak to 12. The 29-year-old will be making his fourth appearance
under the Bellator MMA banner and has an impressive finishing rate
of 83 percent.
With a resume of knockouts as violent as Manhoef, it’s no surprise
the Dutch competitor has been given the nickname of “No Mercy.”
Known for his relentless striking style, the former K-1 and
Strikeforce competitor is fresh off his emphatic knockout of
Kato at “Bellator 146: Manhoef vs. Kato” in November. Now the
39-year-old is in position to lay claim to the Bellator 185-pound
MMA title, before returning to kickboxing competition in the newly
founded Bellator Kickboxing league.
It’s hard to find a Bellator MMA fighter with as many memorable
moments for the Scott Coker-led promotion as Pat Curran.
The former featherweight kingpin has been involved in wars with
fighters the likes of: current champion Daniel
Weichel, and Joe Warren.
Now “Paddy Mike” sets his sights on “Insane,” in a bout that surely
has future title implications at stake.
Karakhanyan made a splash in his return to Bellator MMA in 2015,
choking out Bubba
Jenkins in his first fight for the Viacom-owned promotion since
2011. Now, the Millenia MMA standout will put his knack for
submitting opponents (14x) to the test against Curran, a fighter
who has only been submitted once in 28-fights.
“Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” Updated Fight Card
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About CenturyLink Arena:
CenturyLink Arena is located in the heart of downtown Boise and
serves as home to the Steelheads, as well as the NBA Development
League’s Idaho Stampede and the Front Street Fights mixed martial
arts franchise. Seating 5,000 people, CenturyLink Arena hosts many
events every year. More than 350,000 fans attend over 100 events
during 2015. For more event dates and tickets visit
www.centurylinkarenaboise.com or call 331-TIXS.