The card for Bellator’s return to Florence, Italy, is set.
Bellator 180 takes place Dec. 9 at Nelson Mandela Forum with a main card that airs at 8 p.m. ET on Spike via tape-delay.The main event between middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho and Alessio Sakara was announced last month, and now the rest of the lineup is set.In the co-main event, Brandon Girtz (14-7 MMA, 5-5 MMA) takes on Bellator newcomer Luka Jelcic (10-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a lightweight bout. Girtz, a Bellator competitor since 2013, will be looking to snap a three-fight losing streak againstJelcic, who brings a four-fight winning streak into the cage.The other two main-card bouts feature Lena Ovchynnikova (12-4-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) vs. Alejandra Lara (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at flyweight and Mihail Nica (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) vs. Carlos Miranda (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at lightweight.
The unbeaten Lara and Miranda, who’s on a four-fight winning streak, will be making their Bellator debuts.
With the additions, Bellator 180’s card includes:
MAIN CARD (8 p.m. ET, SPIKE)
- Champ Rafael Carvalho vs. Alessio Sakara for middleweight title
- Brandon Girtz vs. Luka Jelcic
- Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Alejandra Lara
- Mihail Nica vs. Carlos Miranda
- Gregory Babene vs. Tony Zanko