Bellator 201 will give the females of the flyweight division a chance to shine, as Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends her title in the main event vs. Alejandra Lara.
But on the prelims, two top-level wrestling prospects will be in action, as Ed Ruth takes on Andy Murad and Joey Davis battles Craig Plaskett. Both fights take place in the welterweight division and will stream live on ParamountNetwork.com.
Ruth, 27-year-old former three-time NCAA Div. I national champion from Penn State University, has reeled off five wins since turning pro in 2016. That includes an April decision over Ion Pascu.
Last year, Ruth finished both Chris Dempsey and David Mundell after picking up first round finishes in 2016 in his first two Bellator fights.
Ruth also competed at a pair of world championships in wrestling after his standout career at PSU that included four Big Ten titles. He was a member of the 2014 World Team.
David, meanwhile, made history at the NCAA Div. II level, going a perfect 133-0 with four national titles. He became the first fighter to accomplish such a feat, setting a new Div. II record for wins in the process.
After five MMA wins on the regional circuit, Davis signed with Bellator in 2016 and promptly earned a win. He followed that up a year later with a victory over Justin Roswell before landing a spinning back-kick and finishing Ian Butler in just 39 seconds.
Below is the current fight card:
MAIN CARD (Paramount Network/9 p.m. ET)
Bellator Flyweight Championship
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (c) vs. Alejandra Lara
Lightweight: Saad Awad vs. Ryan Couture
Female Flyweight: Valerie Letourneau vs. Bruna Ellen
Featherweight: Juan Archuleta vs. Robbie Peralta
PRELIMINARY CARD (ParamountNetwork.com)
Welterweight: Ed Ruth vs. Andy Murad
Strawweight: Keri Ann Melendez vs. Tiani Valle
Heavyweight: Tyrell Fortune vs. Josue Lugo
Welterweight: Joey Davis vs. Craig Plaskett
Light Heavyweight: Jordan Young vs. Jamal Pogues
Catchweight: Lance Lee vs. Ricky Furar
Female Flyweight: Kristi Lopez vs. Paola Ramirez
Lightweight: Jacob Rosales vs. Joshua Jones
Featherweight: Jay Jay Wilson vs. David Conte
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