Bellator has scheduled unbeaten Brazilian karate specialist Weber Almeida’s next appearance in the circular cage, matching him up against featherweight Salim Mukhidinov on the preliminary portion of Bellator 244 on Aug. 21, MMA Fighting has learned.
Almeida (3-0) is a training partner of former UFC champion Lyoto Machida and—just like “The Dragon”—brings a karate background to the mixed martial arts world. Almeida, who turns 33 in December, won both of his Bellator bouts by knockout in 2019.
Mukhidinov (7-4) is an American Kickboxing Academy product with a pair of appearances under the Bellator banner, a promotional debut victory over Adel Altamimi followed by a split decision loss to Cris Lencioni earlier this year. The Tajikistani fighter has won four of his seven fights by stoppage.
Bellator 244 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and features two-division champion Ryan Bader defending his light heavyweight title against Vadim Nemkov. In the co-main event, former featherweight queen Julia Budd battles Jessy Miele.