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Bellator’s second card back after the COVID-19 outbreak is beginning to take shape as a new lightweight bout has been added.
Georgi Karakhanyan is expected to face off against former UFC contender, Myles Jury, on the next Bellator show. The bout will take place at Bellator 243 on August 7, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and was announced during the Bellator 242 broadcast.
Karakhanyan (29-10-1, 1NC) made his Bellator debut back in 2010 and is currently in his third separate stint with the promotion. The Russian has gone 7-8 in the company, and snapped a two fight losing streak with a February submission win over Paul Redmond, in what was his lightweight debut. Aside from his Bellator exploits, the 35 year old has also fought for WSOF, DREAM and ACB, winning the WSOF featherweight title in 2013.
Jury (18-5) rebounded from a loss in his Bellator debut with a shutout decision win over Brandon Girtz earlier this year, and has made his desire for a title shot abundantly clear should he win again in August. The former UFC fighter was once a highly touted prospect, winning his first six fights before coming unstuck as he reached the elite of the lightweight division, losing four of his last six.
Bellator 243 is slated to be headlined by an important lightweight bout between Benson Henderson, and former Bellator champ, Michael Chandler. The two fought back in 2016, with Chandler claiming a tight, split decision victory.