Sherdog.com confirmed the booking on Monday with a promotion
official following an initial report from
MMAFighting.com. Bellator 224 takes place at Winstar World
Casino in Thackerville, Okla., and will feature a women’s
featherweight title clash between Julia Budd
After relinquishing the middleweight crown to Gegard
Mousasi in a first-round TKO defeat at Bellator 200, Carvalho
dropped a split verdict to former UFC light heavyweight titlist
Machida in his most recent outing at Bellator 213. Prior to
those setbacks, the 32-year-old Rio de Janeiro native had won 15
consecutive bouts — including six in Bellator.
Njokuani, meanwhile, has lost two of his last three appearances
within the California-based promotion, sandwiching a decision win
over Hisaki Kato
between a TKO loss to Andrey
Koreshkov and a submission defeat against John Salter.
The 30-year-old Las Vegas resident began his Bellator tenure with
four consecutive triumphs.