Melvin Manhoef, Oliver Enkamp among additions to Bellator Paris

Melvin Manhoef won two in a row since moving up to the light heavyweight division in Bellator. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Longtime MMA veteran Melvin Manhoef is one of the latest additions to Bellator’s first trip to Paris, France on Oct. 10, the company announced Friday. Manhoef is set to face Simon Biyong in a light heavyweight contest. Oliver Enkamp, a Swedish welterweight prospect who’s unbeaten since leaving the UFC and joining Bellator in 2019, will also be part of the show at the Accor Arena, taking on promotional newcomer Emmanuel Dawa. The updated card now includes 10 bouts, including the heavyweight main event between Cheick Kongo and Tim Johnson. Manhoef (32-14-1, 2 no contests) has been on the Bellator roster since 2014, a run that includes a pair of middleweight championship bouts with then-champion Rafael Carvalho. The 44-year-old striker is 2-0 since moving up to light heavyweight, capped off by a first-round stoppage over Yannick Bahati in Dec. 2019. Biyong (7-1) started his professional MMA career months after Manhoef’s second shot at the Bellator belt in 2017, inking a deal with the North American company after winning four in a row in Europe, Africa and Japan, where he knocked out Vitaly Shemetov in his sole appearance under the RIZIN banner. Check the complete Bellator Paris lineup below. Cheick Kongo vs. Tim JohnsonMichael Page vs. Ross HoustonMelvin Manhoef vs. Simon BiyongOliver Enkamp vs. Emmanuel DawaTerry Brazier vs. Yves LanduDavy Gallon vs. Brian HooiDominique Wooding vs. Fabacary DiattaJean N’Doye vs. Ciaran ClarkeDylan Logan vs. William GomisMaguy Berchel vs. Lucie Bertaud

Melvin Manhoef, Oliver Enkamp among additions to Bellator Paris
Melvin Manhoef won two in a row since moving up to the light heavyweight division in Bellator. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Longtime MMA veteran Melvin Manhoef is one of the latest additions to Bellator’s first trip to Paris, France on Oct. 10, the company announced Friday. Manhoef is set to face Simon Biyong in a light heavyweight contest.

Oliver Enkamp, a Swedish welterweight prospect who’s unbeaten since leaving the UFC and joining Bellator in 2019, will also be part of the show at the Accor Arena, taking on promotional newcomer Emmanuel Dawa.

The updated card now includes 10 bouts, including the heavyweight main event between Cheick Kongo and Tim Johnson.

Manhoef (32-14-1, 2 no contests) has been on the Bellator roster since 2014, a run that includes a pair of middleweight championship bouts with then-champion Rafael Carvalho. The 44-year-old striker is 2-0 since moving up to light heavyweight, capped off by a first-round stoppage over Yannick Bahati in Dec. 2019.

Biyong (7-1) started his professional MMA career months after Manhoef’s second shot at the Bellator belt in 2017, inking a deal with the North American company after winning four in a row in Europe, Africa and Japan, where he knocked out Vitaly Shemetov in his sole appearance under the RIZIN banner.

Check the complete Bellator Paris lineup below.

Cheick Kongo vs. Tim Johnson
Michael Page vs. Ross Houston
Melvin Manhoef vs. Simon Biyong
Oliver Enkamp vs. Emmanuel Dawa
Terry Brazier vs. Yves Landu
Davy Gallon vs. Brian Hooi
Dominique Wooding vs. Fabacary Diatta
Jean N’Doye vs. Ciaran Clarke
Dylan Logan vs. William Gomis
Maguy Berchel vs. Lucie Bertaud

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Israel Adesanya | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC is heading back to Fight Island and bringing a pair of world title fights for its return. UFC 253 takes place next Saturday night in Abu Dhabi headlined by the highly anticipated battle of the unbeatens between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa for the middleweight title. In the co-main event, Dominick Reyes battles Jan Blachowicz for the vacant light heavyweight title. On Friday, the promotion released the official poster for the event. TWO TITLES.#UFCFightIsland starts with a BANG![ #ESPNPlus PPV | @VisitAbuDhabi | #InAbuDhabi ] pic.twitter.com/DSb9ARao2M— UFC (@ufc) September 17, 2020 Adesanya will look to make it a perfect 20-0 as he defends his title for the second time. After earning the interim middleweight title with a victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, “The Last Stylebender” became the undisputed 185-pound titleholder with a second-round knockout of Robert Whittaker at UFC 243. Adesanya went on to defend his title against Yoel Romero at UFC 248, where he picked up a unanimous decision win. Costa gets his first shot at UFC gold after winning all five of his octagon appearances, finishing four of those. “The Eraser” has defeated such names as Romero, Uriah Hall and Johny Hendricks on the road to a battle with his bitter rival. Reyes and Blachowicz look to become the first 205-pound champion not named Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier in almost a decade after Jones recently vacated the title to turn his attention to the heavyweight division. Here is the UFC 253 fight card as it currently stands: Main card, 10 p.m. EST, ESPN+ PPV Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa — middleweight title fight Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz — vacant light heavyweight title fight Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov Preliminary card, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN/ESPN+ Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews Shane Young vs. Ludovit Klein William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur Preliminary card, 6:30 p.m. EST, UFC Fight Pass Jeff Hughes vs. Juan Espino Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques

UFC 253 poster released
Israel Adesanya | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC is heading back to Fight Island and bringing a pair of world title fights for its return.

UFC 253 takes place next Saturday night in Abu Dhabi headlined by the highly anticipated battle of the unbeatens between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa for the middleweight title. In the co-main event, Dominick Reyes battles Jan Blachowicz for the vacant light heavyweight title.

On Friday, the promotion released the official poster for the event.

Adesanya will look to make it a perfect 20-0 as he defends his title for the second time. After earning the interim middleweight title with a victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, “The Last Stylebender” became the undisputed 185-pound titleholder with a second-round knockout of Robert Whittaker at UFC 243. Adesanya went on to defend his title against Yoel Romero at UFC 248, where he picked up a unanimous decision win.

Costa gets his first shot at UFC gold after winning all five of his octagon appearances, finishing four of those. “The Eraser” has defeated such names as Romero, Uriah Hall and Johny Hendricks on the road to a battle with his bitter rival.

Reyes and Blachowicz look to become the first 205-pound champion not named Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier in almost a decade after Jones recently vacated the title to turn his attention to the heavyweight division.

Here is the UFC 253 fight card as it currently stands:

Main card, 10 p.m. EST, ESPN+ PPV

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa — middleweight title fight

Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz — vacant light heavyweight title fight

Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval

Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

Preliminary card, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN/ESPN+

Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva

Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews

Shane Young vs. Ludovit Klein

William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur

Preliminary card, 6:30 p.m. EST, UFC Fight Pass

Jeff Hughes vs. Juan Espino

Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques

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