Heavyweights will be on the menu for Bellator MMA’s July 16 event.
Per a promotion official on Thursday, Ronny Markes (19-8) will make his return to the Bellator cage on July 16 against Said Sowma (6-2). The two big men will toe the line at Bellator 262, which will be held inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Both will be looking to rebound off of unsuccessful organizational debuts in late 2020.
Markes, at one time a middleweight when competing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has moved up to heavyweight over the years after missing weight badly in both the middleweight and light heavyweight categories. The well-traveled Brazilian vet competed several times under the Professional Fighters League banner the last few years, but he never won his way into the playoffs in any year. His Bellator debut saw him fall short to Linton Vassell in December, losing by knockout in the second frame.
Like Markes, Sowma will be aiming to get back in the win column after losing a decision to Tyrell Fortune in November. The loss to Fortune snapped a six-fight win streak that saw him beat the likes of Bobby Brents and Quentin Henry. With several victories under Titan Fighting Championships, Sowma made his way to Bellator only to lose to Fortune. The Suriname native made his debut in the sport in 2018, over a decade later than his upcoming adversary.
Bellator 262 will go down at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on July 16. The event with fans in the building will proceed with a headliner pitting flyweight champ Juliana Velasquez against Denise Kielholtz. No other fights have been announced for this card at this time.