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Matt Mitrione cleared, fights Oli Thompson at Bellator 158 in London

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Bellator 158 "London" comes to O2 Arena in London, England, on July 16, 2016. A stacked main card features home country favorites like Paul "Semtex" Daley and Michael "Venom" Page in bouts sure to light up the crowd.

A new fight now officially added to the card was previously during a Bellator 157 "Dynamite 2" post-fight interview. Shortly after Matt Mitrione knocked out Carl Seumanutafa, his next potential opponent Oli Thompson was brought to the ring.

There was just one problem -- Mitrione had been knocked so loopy by Seumanutafa that he couldn't remember the fight he just had. Despite that, Bellator seemed dead set on promoting a Mitrione vs. Thompson fight in London.

When reporters and fight fans alike cried foul that Mitrione would fight so soon after nearly being knocked out of his shoes and socks (our report here), the promotion quickly tweeted out some clarification.

Today's update from Bellator confirms that everybody passed their medical testing and that the heavyweight bout is official. Mitrione will put his 10-5 record on the line against a 17-8 fighter from East Sussex, England, who once held the title of "Britain's Strongest Man."

The recently updated Bellator 158 line-up is below.

Bellator 158 "London" (Spike TV):

Welterweight Bout: Douglas Lima (26-6) vs. Paul Daley (38-13-2)
Heavyweight Bout: Matt Mitrione (10-5) vs. Oli Thompson (17-8)
Welterweight Bout: Michael Page (10-0) vs. Evangelista Santos (21-17)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Linton Vassell (16-5) vs. Francis Carmont (24-11)
Featherweight Bout: James Gallagher (3-0) vs. Mike Cutting (6-5)

Bellator 158 "Prelims" Card (Spike.com):

Heavyweight Bout: Mark Godbeer (11-2) vs. James Mulheron (8-1)
Middleweight Bout: Michael Shipman (8-1) vs. Lee Chadwick (21-12-1)
Flyweight Bout: Pietro Menga (12-0) vs. Spencer Hewitt (12-10)
Bantamweight Bout: Luiz Tosta (9-2) vs. Dean Garnett (7-0)
Middleweight Bout: Jason Radcliffe (8-2) vs. Jack Mason (29-15)
Featherweight Bout: Chase Morton (6-2) vs. Nathaniel Wood (8-3)
Middleweight Bout: Alex Reid (11-9-1) vs. Manuel Garcia (27-19)
Middleweight Bout: C.J. Meeks (4-1) vs. Danny Mitchell (17-7-1)

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