Twelve-time UFC veteran Sam Sicilia will face former bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao in a featherweight clash at Bellator 189.
Additionally, Alexis Dufresne will square off against Amber Leibrock in a women ‘s 145-pound battle at the Dec. 1 event, which takes place at Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Sherdog.com confirmed the pairings with a promotion official following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. Bellator 189 will see Julia Budd defend her featherweight crown for the first time against Arlene Blencowe in the evening’s main event.
Sicilia enters his promotional debut on a three-bout skid that saw him fall to Gavin Tucker, Gabriel Benitez and Doo Ho Choi in his last three Octagon appearances. “The Ultimate Fighter 7” cast member went 5-7 during his UFC tenure and is 15-8 as a professional overall.
Galvao is coming off a decision loss to Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 175 on March 31. The 35-year-old Brazilian is 8-5 under the California-based promotion’s banner.
Dufresene is 1-1 in Bellator, including a second-round TKO defeat to Gabrielle Holloway in her most recent outing on March 3. Leibrock owns a 2-1 career mark, with all three of her pro bouts coming with Invicta Fighting Championships.