Bellator 158: "Daley vs. Lima" comes to O2 Arena in London, England, on July 16, 2016. This card was originally set to feature a rematch between Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and James "The Colossus" Thompson, but the entire card was in disarray following his untimely passing on Monday.
With a few days to consider their options Bellator MMA has drawn up a new card for London and confirmed one match that had already been leaked to the press -- Douglas Lima will replace Josh Koscheck for a fight with Paul "Semtex" Daley.
Lima (26-6) is the former welterweight champion and was on a five fight win streak until losing the title to Andrey Koreshkov. His bout in London will come almost one year to the day since that fight.
Daley (38-13-2) is on a five fight win streak including four knockouts. 73 percent of his wins (28 out of 38) come the same way. He's impressive in kickboxing, too, winning 21 out of 24 fights (88 percent) and most by knockout (14 of 24).
Lima is as good on the ground as he is with his hands (11 subs, 12 knockouts) but of late he loves to stand and bang, so fans can look forward to an explosive fight in London.
Bellator has also announced a new match up for Michael "Venom" Page following the withdrawal of Fernando Gonzalez over visa issues. His new foe be Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos.
He risks suffering a similar fate against Page (10-0). With six knockouts and three submissions the flashy striker has yet to face a serious test in the Bellator cage, but Santos is more experienced than most of Page's opponents put together.
The overhauled card for the O2 Arena and Spike TV is below.
Bellator 158 "Daley vs. Lima" (Spike TV):
Welterweight: Douglas Lima (26-6) vs. Paul Daley (38-13-2)
Welterweight: Michael Page (10-0) vs. Evangelista Santos (21-17)
Light Heavyweight: Linton Vassell (16-5) vs. Francis Carmont (24-11)
Heavyweight: Mark Godbeer (11-2) vs. James Mulheron (8-1)
Bellator 158 "Prelims" Card (Spike.com):
Middleweight: Michael Shipman (8-1) vs. Lee Chadwick (21-12-1)
Flyweight: Pietro Menga (12-0) vs. Spencer Hewitt (12-10)
Bantamweight: Luiz Tosta (9-2) vs. Dean Garnett (7-0)
Middleweight: Jason Radcliffe (8-2) vs. Jack Mason (29-15)
Featherweight: Chase Morton (6-2) vs. Nathaniel Wood (8-3)
Middleweight: Alex Reid (11-9-1) vs. TBD
Middleweight: C.J. Meeks (4-1) vs. Danny Mitchell (17-7-1)
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