Gracie (11-4 MMA and 9-4 BMMA), a perennial welterweight challenger and former title challenger is scheduled to face Lombardo (13-3 MMA and 2-1 BMMA) at The. Bellator 290 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif., will host the Feb. 4 event. Following prelims broadcast on MMA Junkie on CBS, a main event will be aired on CBS.
After an initial report by Bellator, MMA Junkie confirmed the booking on Thursday with a Bellator official. MMAFighting.com.
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After his nine wins straight, Gracie, 34 has struggled to find consistency at top level. He’s 2-4 since he challenged then-champ Rory MacDonald for the title in June 2019, and was knocked out for the first time in his career against Goiti Yamauchi in his most recent outing at Bellator 284 in August.
Lombardo will face the Brazilian to try and change his fortunes. Lombardo is a fast turnaround from Mark Lemminger’s first round knockout at Bellator 289 this past month. The 32-year-old is a veteran of Bellator, PFL and Dana White’s Contender Series.
The latest lineup of Bellator 290 now includes:
Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianenko – for heavyweight championship
Vadim Nemkov vs. Yoel Romero – for light heavyweight championship
Sabah Homasi vs. Brennan Ward
Ethan Hughes vs. Yusuf Karakaya
Diana Avsaragova vs. Alejandra Lara
Neiman Gracie vs. Michael Lombardo
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for Bellator 290.