Bielkheden, Shirai to Meet at Superior Challenge 7

By Chris Nelson Mar 27, 2011
Swedish promotion Superior Challenge on Sunday added another international bout to its “Rise of Champions” card, as Deep welterweight titleholder Yuya Shirai (Pictured) will square off against UFC veteran David Bielkheden in a 169-pound tilt.

The matchup joins a trio of championship bouts atop the April 30 card, which takes place at the Hovet arena in Stockholm. Thales Leites and Jeremy Horn will clash for the vacant SC middleweight belt, while Reza Madadi and Rich Clementi are set to vie for the vacant lightweight strap. In his first title defense, Brazilian welterweight champ Daniel Acacio will put his belt on the line against Sweden’s Diego Gonzalez.

Shirai, 30, will look to rebound from a crushing Feb. 26 knockout loss at the hands of Strikeforce welterweight contender Paul Daley. In the main event of BAMMA 5, the heavy-handed “Semtex” needed less than two minutes to halt Shirai and snap the Team M.A.D. representative’s five-fight win streak, which included wins over Che Mills and Seichi Ikemoto.

Bielkheden enters the bout on a two-fight skid, having dropped back-to-back outings last October. After falling to a 36-second guillotine choke from Tommy Depret in the opening round of the 2010-2011 United Glory World Series, the “Brazilian Swede” came up short in a split decision loss to Acacio at Superior Challenge 6. Prior to the defeats the 31-year-old had notched three consecutive wins.

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