Bellator 118 Line-up Finalized, Andrey Koreshkov-Sam Oropeza Added to Card
After a scrap between Andrey Koreshkov and Sam Oropeza was cancelled for April 4th, Bellator has announced that the welterweight tourney, semifinal, will take place May 2nd. The bout will be part of Bellator 118, which will feature bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas taking on Joe Warren in the main event.
Bellator 118 will be hosted by the Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Koreshkov (15-1), who was forced to withdraw from the April 4th match-up due to flue like symptoms, is coming off a KO win over Nah-Shon Burrell. The only man to defeat the Russian fighter to date is former Bellator champ Ben Askren.
Oropeza (11-2), meanwhile, took out Cristiano Souza in the tourney’s quaterfinals last month.
“I always say things happen for a reason, and this is one of those moments where everything is coming together,” the Pennsylvania fighter noted in the official announcement . “It was frustrating to hear the fight got pushed back after training so hard for this semifinal fight, but when we heard I’d be fighting back in Revel so close to friends and family, things really couldn’t have worked out better. Bellator has taken great care of me, and I can’t wait to put on a show on May 2nd and move onto the finals of this tournament.”
Here is the updated line-up for Bellator 118.
Bellator Bantamweight World Title Fight: Eduardo Dantas (16-3) vs. Joe Warren (10-3)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinals: Andrey Koreshkov (15-1) vs. Sam Oropeza (11-2)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Marcos Galvao (15-6-1) vs. Thomas Vasquez (7-0)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Liam McGeary (6-0) vs. Mike Mucitelli (6-0)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Tim Woods (6-4) vs. Dante Rivera (15-7)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Jesus Martinez (8-5) vs. Ryan Contaldi (7-7)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Pingitore (4-1-1) vs. Darrion Caldwell (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jay Haas (11-13) vs. Lester Caslow (11-9)
Catchweight Feature Fight (151lbs): Julian Lane (6-3-1) vs. Anthony Morrison (18-10)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Pat Bennett (4-3) vs. John Fain (1-0)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Bannon (5-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Amran Aliyev (3-2) vs. Kevin Roddy (13-15-1)