With less than two weeks to go before what some call the biggest fight in Bellator history, the promotion continues to add finishing touches to its next event.
Bellator 263 takes place July 31 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The main card airs on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.
On Monday, promotion officials announced the addition of a main card showdown between the former Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus (10-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) and Russian highlights Islam Mamedov (19-1-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). The battle is first reported by TASS.
Also, a women’s flyweight title match between Ilara Joanne (9-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Vanessa Porto (22-9 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), as well as a 150-pound referee match between Daniel Carey (7-4 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) and Gadzhi Rabadanov (15-4-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) was added to prelims.
A duel between opponents Magomed Magmedov (18-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Raufeon Stots (16-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) cards have been removed, MMA Junkie confirmed to a Bellator official. No reason for cancellation was given.
Primus, 36, hasn’t competed since February 2020. He won two teamfights in the match with consecutive first-round encounters against Tim Wilde and Chris Bungard. In 11 professional matches, Primus’ lone defeat came from a unanimous decision when he lost the title to Michael Chandler in December 2018.
Mamedov, 31, makes his commercial debut with a 19-match unbeaten streak. Considered by some to be one of the best lightweight athletes in the world, Mamedov made nine appearances at the WSOF/PFL where he set an 8-0-1 record including victories over Natan Schulte and Thiago Tavares. with others.
With these additions, the Bellator 263 product line includes:
KEY CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)
- Champion Patricio Freire vs. AJ McKee – featherweight title competition
- Emmanuel Sanchez vs Mads Burnnell
- Manny Muro vs Usman Nurmagomedov
- Islam Mamedov vs Brent Primus
KEY CARD (MMA Junkie, 7pm ET)
- Chris Gonzalez vs Goiti Yamauchi
- Ilara Joanne vs Vanessa Porto
- Daniel Carey and Gadzhi Rabadanov
- Kiefer Crosbie vs. Georgi Karakanyan
- Brian Moore and Jared Scoggins
- Johnny Cisneros vs Joshua Jones
https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/07/bellator-263-brent-primus-vs-islam-mamedov-ilara-joanne-vanessa-porto-carey-rabadanov | Bellator 263 adds Brent Primus vs. Islam Mamedov, two other battles