Following her first loss in side the cage, Heather Hardy is looking to combine both her MMA and Boxing skills, as she’s signed to face fellow hybrid fighter, Ana Julaton for a fight at Bellator 194.
The flyweight battle between Hardy and Julaton will be an undercard fight for the February 16th card, headlined by Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione in a first round matchup in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Bellator 194 will be the first of a dual sports series between Julaton and Hardy, as they will face off not only in the Bellator cage, but also in a boxing match.
The MMA bout will be held under the Bellator banner, DiBella Entertainment and Orion Sports Management will handle promotional duties for the boxing event.
Making her third appearance inside the Bellator MMA cage, Hardy hopes to replicate her MMA debut, an impressive knockout win over Alice Yauger at Madison Square Garden. The Brooklyn, NY native has held the WBC International Female Super Bantamweight belt and WBC International Female Featherweight belt, as well as an unblemished mark of 20-0 through a five-year stint inside the boxing ring.
An accomplished professional boxer herself, Julaton also brings a unique style to the Bellator cage as she prepares for just her sixth career MMA bout. The former WBO and IBA super bantamweight world champion made the transition to mixed martial arts in May of 2014, collecting a convincing knockout over Aya-Saeid Saber.
Updated Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione Fight Card:
Heavyweight World Grand Prix First Round Bout: Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5)
Lightweight Co-Main Event: Patricky “Pitbull” (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6)
Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3)
Bellator 194 Preliminary Card:
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Ross Richardson (Pro Debut) vs. Nick Giulietti (Pro Debut)
165-lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Peter Nascimento (Pro Debut) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Regivaldo Carvalho (4-2) vs. Tom English (6-8)