Usman Nurmagomedov will finally get to make his long-awaited Bellator MMA debut, facing off against Mike Hamel at the upcoming Bellator 255 event on April 2, 2021. Company President, Scott Coker, announced the match up earlier today (Thurs., Feb. 25) on Twitter.
Nurmagomedov — who signed with the Viacom-owned promotion in Oct. 2020 — is undefeated (11-0). Fighting his entire career in Russia, his Bellator debut will also mark the first time he will compete in the United States.
Training alongside his cousin and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), the Lightweight contender has shown that despite his wrestling expertise, he can finish fights with his all-around arsenal. In fact, 10 of his 11 victories have come by way of knockout or submission (seven of them in the first round).
As for Hamel, he is coming off a loss to Adam Borics at Bellator 243 in Aug. 2020, which was “Magic’s” debut for the promotion. After starting his career a perfect 5-0, Hamel has fallen on hard times after dropping four of his last six bouts.
Bellator 255 — which will air exclusively on Showtime — will feature a Featherweight championship rematch between division champion Patricio Freire and Emmanuel Sanchez in what will be the final semifinal match of the Featherweight Grand Prix.
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