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Thursday, Aug 11, 2016

Lightweight Matchup Completes Main Card of Bellator 161

Derek Campos (left) (photo via Bellator)

By Press Release

SANTA MONICA, CALIF (August 11, 2016) – A lightweight bout pitting Derek Campos (16-6) against knockout specialist Djamil Chan (12-2) has been added to the SPIKE-televised portion of “Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson,” which takes place on September 16 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Texas.

The fight joins a main card that features a heavyweight main event pitting powerhouse veteran Cheick Kongo (24-10-2) against Tony Johnson (10-2). In addition, a bantamweight bout between Joe Warren (13-5) and Sirwan Kakai (12-4) has also been announced, along with a a flyweight contest featuring Anastasia Yankova (3-0) against Veta Arteaga (2-0). Additional preliminary contests will be announced shortly.

Bellator MMA will be holding its first-ever event at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, which is just a short drive from Austin. Tickets for “Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson” start at just $25 can be purchased at Bellator.com, Ticketmaster, or the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Box Office. “Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson” airs LIVE and FREE on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

Hailing from Lubbock, Texas, 28-year-old Campos returns home to face one of Bellator MMA’s top young lightweights. The well-rounded Campos enters the bout with 16 career wins under his belt, including five knockouts and five submissions. Of his five career KO’s, “The Stallion” most recently took down MMA veteran Melvin Guillard with a second-round finish at the record-breaking “Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie” event in Houston earlier this year. Campos will look to build off of his impressive finish when he enters the cage on September 16.

The 26-year-old Chan will challenge local hotshot Campos riding an exceptional string of seven consecutive victories dating back to 2013. During this streak Chan has recorded five knockouts, four of which occurred in the opening frame; including a first round knockout win over Richard Patishnock in his Bellator MMA debut at “Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson.” Overcoming Autism to reach this point in his career, Chan has an incredible story, which was chronicled by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports here. Standing at six feet two inches, the Dutch knockout specialist will also have a noticeable height advantage over his opponent when the two take center stage at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Texas.

Updated “Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson” Main Card:

Heavyweight Main Event: Cheick Kongo (24-10-2) vs. Tony Johnson (10-2)

Bantamweight Feature Bout: Joe Warren (13-5) vs. Sirwan Kakai (12-4)

Flyweight Feature Bout: Anastasia Yankova (3-0) vs. Veta Arteaga (2-0)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Derek Campos (16-6) vs. Djamil Chan (12-2)

posted by FCF Staff @ 3:36 pm
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