After hosting four successful events in Italy, Bellator officials are now planning a fight card in the nation’s capital city of Rome. Bellator execs recently announced plans to host a July 7 event in Rome, marking the promotion’s first visit to the city. “After the success of our events in Torino and Florence, Italy over the last two years, we knew that it was time to do a show in Rome, a city rooted deep in combat sports history,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated. “The Italian fans have shown their passion for the sport and we look forward to bringing a huge card to Rome next year on July 7.” As with all 2018 Bellator events, the card will air on the soon-to-launch Paramount Network, a rebrand of the company’s current home on Spike. Additional details, including a bout card, will be announced shortly.This past weekend’s Bellator 190 event took place in Florence, where middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) needed just 44 seconds to score a knockout win over Italian challenger Alessio Sakara (19-12 MMA, 2-1 BMMA). This week, the company is in Newcastle, England, for “Bellator 191: McDonald vs. Ligier,” featuring the promotional debut of former UFC title challengers Michael McDonald (17-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Valerie Letourneau (8-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).For more on upcoming Bellator events, including Bellator 191 and Bellator in Rome, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.