Bellator 211 will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 at RDS Stadium in Genoa, Italy. The main event of the show will feature Alessio Sakara battling Kent Kauppinen in a light heavyweight bout.
Sakara (20-12, two no contests), who was born in Rome, will be fighting for the fifth consecutive time in Italy for the promotion. Competing in his home country has been good for the 37-year-old; he is 3-1 in his previous four bouts. The lone loss came at Bellator 190 in December 2017, to then-middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho by first-round knockout.
Sakara, 37, is the oldest of the 10 scheduled main card fighters.
Sakara fights in Italy for the fifth time in five Bellator appearances.
Sakara is 4-1 (with one no-contest) since his UFC tenure ended in October 2013.
Sakara has earned 16 of his 20 career victories by stoppage. That includes all three of his Bellator wins.
Sakara’s three-fight Bellator winning streak in light-heavyweight competition is tied with Vadim Nemkov for the longest active streak in the division.
Kauppinen headlines a Bellator card after losing his promotional debut by submission at Bellator 200 in May.
Kauppinen enters the event on the first losing skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2017.
Kauppinen has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.
Remaining main card
Hesdy Gerges (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a former kickboxing standout, makes his MMA debut at the event.
Kiefer Crosby (4-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.
Orlando D’Ambrosio (7-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 23, is the youngest of the 10 scheduled main card fighters.
Alen Amedovski (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned all of his career victories by knockout.
Luka Jelcic (10-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished nine of those wins in Round 1.
Jelcic has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.
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