Following on from a very successful debut event in Dakar, Senegal in December, ARES Fighting Championship returns with its anticipated sophomore event ARES 2 set for April 3 Following on from a very successful debut event in Dakar, Senegal in December, ARES Fighting Championship returns with its anticipated sophomore event ARES 2 set for April 3 at the Forest National-Vorst National arena in Brussels, Belgium.
France’s Nordine Taleb (15-7) will take on Belgium’s very own Maarten Wouters (11-7) in a middleweight main event. Taleb is coming into ARES after a twelve-fight UFC run which saw him score victories over the likes of Erick Silva, Danny Roberts, and Oliver Enkamp. Now ready to start the next chapter of his career the 38-year-old will go into enemy territory and meet the extremely dangerous Maarten Wouters.
Belgium born and raised, Wouters has the biggest opportunity of his career in this contest. Owner of a 90+% finishing ratio and with nine first round finishes, the 31-year-old jumped at the opportunity to face Taleb and main event ARES 2 in his home country.
In the co-main event, UFC veterans John Moraga (19-7) and Hector Sandoval (15-4) will collide in the flyweight division. A former UFC title challenger, 35-year-old Moraga is one of the world’s most experienced flyweights and has shared the cage with Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez and scored wins over the likes of Wilson Reis, Dustin Ortiz, and Justin Scoggins during a successful 14-fight run in the promotion.
Sandoval himself enjoyed a 2-2 run in the UFC between 2016 and 2017. Most recently the 33-year-old Team Alpha Male fighter scored a win in the co-main event of Combate Americas 37 and now he is looking to make a statement in his new home of ARES Fighting Championship.
ARES Fighting Championship will soon be announcing ticket availability for ARES 2 along with the rest of the fight card and broadcast details.