The lineup for next month’s Bellator 125 event is complete with eight preliminary-card fights in California.
Promotion officials recently announced the full lineup for the event, which takes place Sept. 19 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., with a main card on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com. The event will be headlined by a middleweight bout between sluggers Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Doug Marshall (18-7 MMA, 4-1 BMMA).
Rounding out the main card are featherweights Martin Stapleton (13-3 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) and heavyweights Javy Ayala (7-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 BMMA).
On the prelims, two sets of welterweights meet as Jesse Juarez (21-9 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) takes on Ron Keslar (11-6 MMA, 2-2 BMMA), and Chris Honeycutt (4-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fights UFC and Cage Warriors veteran Aaron Wilkinson (11-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA); at featherweight, Poppies Martinez (29-10 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) meets unbeaten 20-year-old Brazilian Julio Cesar Neves (29-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA); Granson Clark (2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) takes on George Zuniga (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a middleweight bout.
Featherweights Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Sergio Cortez (9-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) are paired up; Matthew Ramirez (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his pro debut against Oscar Ramirez (3-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA); Joe Neal (3-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fights Paul Ruiz (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at featherweight; and in a middleweight bout, Rafael Carvalho (9-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) tangles with Anthony Ruiz (33-18 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
With the additions, the latest Bellator 125 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
- Melvin Manhoef vs. Doug Marshall
- James Irvin vs. Brian Rogers
- Martin Stapleton vs. Goiti Yamauchi
- Javy Ayala vs. Raphael Butler
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7 p.m. ET)
- Jesse Juarez vs. Ron Keslar
- Chris Honeycutt vs. Aaron Wilkinson
- Poppies Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Neves
- Granson Clark vs. George Zuniga
- Jonny Bonilla-Bowman vs. Sergio Cortez
- Matthew Ramirez vs. Oscar Ramirez
- Joe Neal vs. Paul Ruiz
- Rafael Carvalho vs. Anthony Ruiz