After three years in the UFC, Francis Carmont is now a Bellator fighter. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Three new fights have been added to Bellator 135 “Warren vs. Galvao,” including the Bellator MMA debut of UFC veteran Francis Carmont, who faces Guilherme Viana.
In addition, a lightweight pairing between Ryan Couture and Dakota Cochrane as been added to the bill, as well as a bantamweight matchup pitting L.C. Davis against Hideo Tokoro.
Promotional officials announced the bouts on Tuesday. The card takes place March 27 at Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., and is headlined by Joe Warren defending his bantamweight crown against Marcos Galvao.
After being released by the UFC in September, Carmont joined up with the Scott Coker-led promotion in December and now has his first matchup under the Bellator banner. The 32-year-old Carmont owns notable triumphs over Tom Lawlor, Lorenz Larkin and Costas Philippou, among others. He is 22-10 as a professional, with 16 of those wins coming by way of knockout, technical knockout or submission.
Viana will also be fighting for the first time for the Southern California-based promotion. The Shooto Brazil veteran has finished all six of his wins before reaching the judges’ scorecards.
Couture, 32, will look to add to his three-fight winning streak. The Strikeforce veteran was victorious in his Bellator debut in September, finishing Tommy Bagnasco via rear-naked choke.
For Cochrane, a win would be his first for Bellator. The 28-year-old has competed for Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Titan Fighting Championship, amongst other regional promotions, and fought the likes of UFC veteran Chris Heatherly, Efrain Escudero and Joe Stevenson.