Veta Arteaga vs. Desiree Yanez Added to Bellator 257 Preliminary Lineup

By: Tristen Critchfield
Mar 8, 2021


A women’s flyweight clash pitting Veta Arteaga against Desiree Yanez has been added to the Bellator 257 preliminary card.

Sherdog.com confirmed the pairing with a promotion official on Monday following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. The fight was initially slated for Bellator 250 in October, but Arteaga was forced to withdraw on the day of the event due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Bellator 257 takes place on April 16 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut and is headlined by a light heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal matchup between reigning 205-pound champion Vadim Nemkov and Phil Davis. In the co-main event, Yoel Romero will lock horns with Anthony Johnson in another light heavyweight quarterfinal. The evening’s main card will air on Showtime.

Arteaga is coming off back-to-back losses against Alejandra Lara and Ilima-Lei Macfarlance in 2019. The 33-year-old Combat Fitness product is 5-4 over the course of her professional tenure, with all but one of those bouts coming under the Bellator MMA banner.

Yanez, meanwhile, has compiled a 5-2 career mark with stints in organizations such as Combate Americas and Legacy Fighting Alliance. Most recently, “Dirty Dez” dropped a split decision to Melissa Martinez at Combate Americas “Tito vs. Alberto” in December 2019.

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