Former Bellator middleweight winner Rafael Carvalho is back again with the promotion – at least for one far more fight.
Carvalho, who was amid 30 fighters to section with Bellator late previous calendar year, will return this Friday versus Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 258 in Uncasville, Conn. Larkin’s authentic opponent, Costello van Steenis, withdrew from their bout earlier this week.
Bellator introduced the combat Saturday on social media. A marketing formal advised MMA Junkie that Carvalho’s return is “a 1-off for now.”
On Friday, Carvalho was introduced to headline LFA 107 1 7 days later on May well 14, but LFA CEO Ed Soares instructed MMA Junkie his combat with Sharaf Davlatmurodov will not go on as planned. Soares extra that Davlatmurodov wasn’t medically cleared and the timing worked out for Bellator to simply call on its former champ’s expert services.
Carvalho, 34, gained Bellator’s 185-pound title in October 2015 with a TKO of Brandon Halsey. Carvalho (16-5 MMA, 7-4 BMMA) went on to defend it 3 instances – aspect of an over-all 15-fight winning streak – ahead of shedding to Gegard Mousasi by first-round TKO in Could 2018 at Bellator 200. That kickstarted a downswing for Carvalho, who’s dropped 4 of his earlier 5, which resulted in his launch from Bellator.
But now Carvalho is again to consider on Larkin. A former Bellator welterweight title challenger, Larkin (22-7 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) is transferring up to middleweight for the to start with time in his promotional tenure. He presently rides a four-battle winning streak but hasn’t competed because December 2019.
The most current Bellator 258 lineup consists of:
Principal CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)
- Champ Juan Archuleta vs. Sergio Pettis – for bantamweight title
- Anthony Johnson vs. Yoel Romero – light heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal
- Patricky Freire vs. Peter Queally
- Derek Anderson vs. Michael Webpage
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 6 p.m. ET)
- Rafael Carvalho vs. Lorenz Larkin
- Josh Hill vs. Raufeon Stots
- Omar Hussein vs. Logan Storley
- Weber Almeida vs. Johnny Soto
- Johnny Campbell vs. Henry Corrales
- Johnny Eblen vs. Daniel Madrid
- Erik Perez vs. Blaine Shutt
- Patchy Blend vs. Albert Morales