Next month’s Bellator 136 event in Irvine, California is continuing to shape, as five more bouts were announced yesterday.
Most interesting of the bunch, for the April 10 show at Bren Events Center: a lightweight contest between Marcin Held and Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy.
The 23 year old Held boasts a professional MMA record of 20-3, including victories over some familiar names like Phillipe Nover and Patricky Pitbull. A native of Krakow, Poland, Held enjoyed an eight fight undefeated run to start his MMA career in Europe, before beginning his Bellator campaign in 2011. He has won ten of his last eleven bouts, mostly by a myriad of submissions, including two toe holds and two heel hooks.
Held is, predictably, also a decorated jiu-jitsu competitor. Among his honors is the IBJJF No-Gi European championship as a purple belt in 2010. He has since earned his black belt, and continues to fight under the Gracie Barra banner.
His opponent, the 26 year old Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy, is another Bellator import with a gaudy record. The Russian is 30-2 as a professional, having won his last five bouts — three by rear naked choke submission. Like Held, he began his MMA career with an undefeated run in his homeland, enjoying a 19-0 record from 2008 to 2012, before his entrance into Bellator.
“Tiger” is trained by longtime Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko; and he’s known for his tenacity and good striking skills.
The event is headlined by the lightweight championship bout between the promotion’s 155 lb kingpin Will Brooks (above left) and Dave Jansen (above right). Also previously announced was a middleweight bout between Rafael Carvalho and Joe Schilling.
Here’s how the card looks so far:
Main Card (to be televised on SPIKE TV, 9 pm ET/PT)
Lightweights: Will Brooks vs. Dave Jansen, for Brooks’ Bellator Lightweight Championship
Middleweights: Rafael Carvalho vs. Joe Schilling
Lightweights: Marcin Held vs. Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy
Preliminary Bouts (to be broadcast at Bellator.com)
Bantamweights: Jared Papazian vs. Raja Shippen
Middleweights: Joey Beltran vs. Brian Rogers
Lightweights: Saad Awad vs. Rob Sinclair
Flyweights: Jonathan Santa Maria vs. Steve Ramirez