Andre Fialho to Face A.J. Matthews in Welterweight Bout at Bellator 181

By Tristen Critchfield May 24, 2017


Andre Fialho will square off against A.J. Matthews at Bellator 181, the promotion announced Wednesday.

The welterweight pairing will be part of the event’s preliminary draw. Bellator 181 takes place at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Okla., on July 14 and is headlined by a lightweight rematch between Patricky Freire and Derek Campos. The evening’s main card will air on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the preliminary bouts stream immediately prior on Bellator.com.

Fialho, 23, won his first seven pro bouts before suffering a 21-second technical knockout loss to Chidi Njokuani in his most recent outing at Bellator 167. The Portugal native has finished all of his victories inside the distance and six within a single round.

The 29-year-old Matthews enters the matchup on a three-fight skid after falling to Hisaki Kato, Ben Reiter and Anatoly Tokov in succession. The Carlsbad, Calif., native is 4-5 in Bellator and 8-6 as a professional overall.

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