AIRING ON PARAMOUNT NETWORK & DAZN TOMORROW AT 9 P.M. ET/8 P.M. CT
Bellator MMA returns to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. this Friday, June 12 for Bellator 224.
The star-studded card is headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current Bellator women’s featherweight world champion Julia Budd (12-2) defending her belt against Israel’s undefeated Olga Rubin (6-0), as well as two of the sport’s best middleweights, former Bellator 185-pound kingpin Rafael Carvalho (15-3) and Chidi Njokuani (18-6, 1 NC).
The main card of Bellator 224 will air on Paramount Network and DAZN at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action begins at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT and will also stream on DAZN or globally on the Bellator Mobile App.
The main card also features a women’s flyweight contest between undefeated Juliana Velasquez (8-0) and Oklahoma’s own Kristina “Warhorse” Williams (3-1). Additionally, fans will see an intriguing welterweight bout featuring Ed Ruth (6-1) welcoming former UFC competitor Kiichi Kunimoto (20-7-2, 1 NC) to the Bellator cage.
Preliminary action for Bellator 224 is also must-see and features many of Bellator’s rising stars. Those who tune in will see bouts highlighted by highly-touted Jackson Wink-prospect Christian Edwards and Bellator Kickboxing featherweight champion Gabriel Varga making their professional MMA debuts, as well as the return of two Hawaiian-based fighters in their second Bellator appearance, when both Nainoa Dung (2-0) and Kona Oliveira (1-1) return to action.
Familiar faces in AJ Agazarm (0-1), Jordan Young (10-0) Kiefer Crosbie (6-0), Will Fleury (5-1), and Bruna Ellen (4-2) will all also compete, while former The Ultimate Fighter participant Leslie Smith (10-7-1) will make her promotional debut against Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh (5-3). Lastly, a third women’s 145-pound fight will emanate from Thackerville, Okla. when former title challenger Arlene Blencowe (11-7) meets “The Lady Killer” Amanda Bell (6-5).
Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin Main Card:
Women’s Featherweight World Title Main Event: Julia Budd (145) vs. Olga Rubin (143.5)
190-Pound Catchweight Co-Main Event: Rafael Carvalho (189.9) vs. Chidi Njokuani (189.6)
Women’s Flyweight Main Card Bout: Juliana Velasquez (124.9) vs. Kristina Williams (125.8)
Welterweight Main Card Bout: Ed Ruth (170) vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (170.4)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Christian Edwards (204.5) vs. Justin Vargas (205.4)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: AJ Agazarm (156) vs. Jacob Landin (155.1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nainoa Dung (155.9) vs. Brad Robison (155.1)
190-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Will Fleury (189.4) vs. Antonio Jones (184.4)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (204) vs. Joel Bauman (199.9)
Women’s Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Leslie Smith (144.8) vs. Sinead Kavanagh (147.7) *
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Gabriel Varga (145.4) vs. Jamese Taylor (145.9)
165-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Kiefer Crosbie (165.7) vs. Mike Jackson (163.3)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Kona Oliveira (169.1) vs. Joseph Holmes (170.9)
Women’s Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Bruna Ellen (124.4) vs. Elina Kallionidou (125.4)
Women’s Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Arlene Blencowe (145.3) vs. Amanda Bell (145.8)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Lucas Brennan (145.4) vs. Thomas Lopez (145.3)