Roli Delgado takes on Jameel Massouh this Saturday in Concho, Okla. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
UFC veterans Jake Rosholt and Roli Delgado have been added to the local undercard of Bellator Fighting Championships 37, which goes down this Saturday, March 19, at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Okla.
Rosholt takes on Kansan John Bryant in a middleweight tilt, while Delgado will face former World Extreme Cagefighting competitor Jameel Massouh at featherweight. The promotion also announced a bout pitting unbeaten 155-pounders Jeremy Spoon and Jerrod Sanders against one another, as well as a scrap between Oklahomans Brandon Shelton and Adam Snook.
The MTV-televised main card will play host to the opening round of Bellator’s third featherweight tournament, where second-season finalist Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will meet Georgi Karakhanyan and onetime EliteXC bantamweight champ Wilson Reis faces Team Quest product Zac George. Rounding out the quarterfinals are matches between Kenny Foster and Eric Larkin, and Daniel Straus and Nazareno Malegarie.
Rosholt, 28, is a former NCAA Div. I wrestling champion from Oklahoma State who carries a professional MMA record of 8-3. He was released by the UFC in late 2009 following a 1-2 run with the promotion and has since won two of three, a decision loss to Matt Horwich sandwiched between two submission victories. His opponent, Bryant, has compiled a 4-3 mark in his four years on the Midwest circuit, with none of his bouts going the distance.
Delgado competed on the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and, like Rosholt, subsequently went 1-2 inside the Octagon. Since his ouster in December 2009, the 29-year-old “Crazy Cuban” has gone 2-0, including a first-round triangle-choking of the aforementioned Shelton.
A student of Dave Strasser, Massouh enters the bout on a four-fight win streak, having gone undefeated since his 2009 WEC release. The “Sergeant” made his Bellator debut last September, submitting bantamweight tournament competitor Nick Mamalis with a first-round guillotine choke. His 25-7 ledger also contains notable wins against Ryan Healy and Sami Aziz.