Bellator 99: Patricio “Pitbull”-Diego Nunes Headlining, Vladimir Matyushenko-Houston Alexander Confirmed
By FCF Staff
Bellator MMA has confirmed that UFC vet Diego Nunes will make his promotional versus Patricio “Pitbull” Freire on September 13th. The opening round, featherweight tournament tilt will headline the event, which will be hosted by the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The promotion has also announced that former light-heavyweight champ Christian M’Pumbuu has been forced to withdraw from his fight with Vladimir Matyushenko, and as a result, UFC veteran Houston Alexander will take his place.
Nunes (18-4) is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Nik Lentz at a UFC on FX card in January, after scoring a UD win over Bart Palaszewski last October.
“Pitbull” (18-2), meanwhile, stopped Jared Downing at Bellator’s last event on July 31st, after losing by split decision to featherweight champ Pat Curran in January.
Matyushenko (26-7) hasn’t fought since January, when he was quickly submitted by Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 6. The defeat followed a TKO loss the decorated wrestler incurred versus Alexander Gustafsson in December, 2011.
Alexander (15-9) has won two straight fights while competing for Victory Fighting Championship after dropping three in a row. “The Assassin’s” upcoming bout with Matyushenko will reportedly be fought at heavyweight.
“It’s an honor to be able to fight for an organization like Bellator,” Alexander said in the official announcement. “I always want to take big fights, and Matyushenko is a guy that’s been around this sport since the beginning, and it will be a huge test. I just want to go out there and smash, do what I do best.”
Here is the entire line-up for the upcoming, September 13th card, which will be broadcast on SPIKE.
Bellator Featherweight Tournament Opening Round: Patricio Pitbull (17-2) vs. Diego Nunes (18-4)
Bellator Heavyweight Feature Fight: Vladimir ‘The Janitor’ Matyushenko (26-7) vs. Houston Alexander (15-9)
Bellator Featherweight Tournament Opening Round: Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) vs. Akop Stepanyan (13-5)
Bellator Featherweight Tournament Opening Round: Joe Taimanglo (18-4) vs. Andrew Fisher (12-4)
Bellator Featherweight Tournament Opening Round: Desmond Green (8-1) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (17-1)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Savio Kosic (4-1) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Derek Loffer (4-1) vs. Mario Navarro (4-3)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (6-0) vs. Gavin Sterritt (4-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Musa Toliver (9-8) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (14-1)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Manny Lara (4-3) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (7-0)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Moghaddam (6-6) vs. Virgil Zwicker (10-3)