Bellator MMA is will be bound for Italy once again in 2018, but now the company is gunning for the capital city.
Following Saturday’s Bellator 190 card at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Bellator CEO Scott Coker announced that in the new year, the promotion would be targeting its first card in Rome.
“After the success of our events in Torino and Florence, Italy over the last two years, we knew that it was time to do a show in Rome, a city rooted deep in combat sports history,” said Coker. “The Italian fans have shown their passion for the sport and we look forward to bringing a huge card to Rome next year on July 7.”
Bellator 190, headlined by middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho’s 44-second knockout of Italian veteran Alessio Sakara, was the organization’s fourth event in Italy and second in the city of Florence.
The city of Torino has also played host to a pair of Bellator cards, with Bellator 176 in April of this year and the outfit making its debut in the country with Bellator 152 in April 2016.
Bellator MMA has not announced any further international plans for 2018 as of yet, but the promotion will end 2017 abroad: Bellator 191 takes place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England on Dec. 15, headlined by a bantamweight bout between former Ultimate Fighting Championship interim title challenger Michael McDonald and Peter Ligier.