One more MMA bout has been added and one fighter replacement completes the MMA portion of a doubleheader MMA and kickboxing event on Dec. 10 in Italy presented by Bellator.
A lightweight bout featuring Goiti Yamauchi and Valeriu Mircea rounds out the MMA card, as the promotion officially announced the bout on Thursday, Dec. 1. Yamauchi was last inside the Bellator cage back in October at Bellator 162, where he submitted Ryan Couture — son of Randy Couture — in 1:01. This was Yamauchi’s first bout at lightweight after spending all of his career at featherweight, and he became the first man to submit the younger Couture.
Mircea, meanwhile, makes his promotional debut at this event. He is currently riding a three-fight win streak, and he has won nine of his last 10 MMA bouts. With a record 12-3, he has 5 knockouts and 5 submissions, and three of his last four wins have come by way of first-round knockout.
In addition, Philipe Lins will now battle Kleber Raimundo Silva. Lins’ original opponent, Pietro Cappelli, had to pull out from the event due to injury.
The MMA portion of the card will be headlined by Rafael Carvalho defending the Bellator middleweight championship against Melvin Manhoef. The kickboxing portion will see Giorgio Petrosyan and Jordan Watson collide in a lightweight battle, and the event will also feature a women’s flyweight title bout between Denise Kielholtz and Gloria Peritore.
The full cards are listed below:
Bellator 168 Card:
Middleweight World Title Bout: Rafael Carvalho (13-1) vs. Melvin Manhoef (30-13-1, 2 NC)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Alessio Sakara (18-11, 2 NC) vs. Joey Beltran (17-13, 1 NC)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Philipe Lins (10-1) vs. Kleber Raimundo Silva (12-7)
Middleweight Feature Fight: John Salter (12-3) vs. Claudio Annicchiarico (1-4)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Goiti Yamauchi (31-9) vs. Valeriu Mircea (12-3)
Bellator Kickboxing: Florence Card:
Lightweight Feature Fight: Giorgio Petrosyan (82-2-2, 1 NC) vs. Jordan Watson (48-11-2)
Flyweight World Title Bout: Denise Kielholtz (45-3) vs. Gloria Peritore (11-1-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Joe Schilling (19-9) vs. Victorio Lermano (30-7)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Luca Novello (22-4-2) vs. Karim Ghajji (96-13-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Kevin Ross (31-9) vs. Alessio Arduini (26-14-2)