Mann-Arocho Targeted for Bellator 40

By Mike Whitman Mar 2, 2011
Recent Bellator acquisition Ronnie Mann will likely make his promotional debut at Bellator 40, as the British featherweight is in talks to meet Josh Arocho on April 9.

While no paperwork has been signed, confirmed the validity of the potential matchup with a source close to the negotiations after first reported the bout on Wednesday morning.

Bellator 40 will emanate from First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla., and will feature a non-title welterweight affair between champion Ben Askren and UFC veteran Nick Thompson.

Mann (Pictured) is the reigning Shark Fights featherweight champion, besting Doug Evans in a split decision at Shark Fights 13 in September to earn the strap. The Team Trojan representative has won seven of his last eight contests. Mann's lone loss in the last three years came at the hands of current Sengoku featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki in 2009. The 24-year-old is also a veteran the defunct Cage Rage promotion, losing a bid for the British featherweight title to Robbie Olivier in 2007. Mann has submitted 11 of his 18 career victims and has never been knocked out.

Arocho has had his ups and downs fighting on the local circuit over the last five years. The journeyman lost his first three fights as a pro, with two of those losses coming to notables Clay French and Alvin Robinson. He suffered first-round submission defeats to both the Pride Fighting Championships and the UFC veteran, succumbing to a rear-naked choke against French and a triangle choke against Robinson.

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