During his appearance on The MMA Hour on Monday, Bellator president Scott Coker broke a couple of upcoming fights.
Coker announced to host Ariel Helwani that former collegiate wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins (8-1) will face Russian featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4-1) on January 16. That fight will go down as the co-main event for Bellator 132, which takes place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calfornia. Bellator 132 will be headlined by Patricio Pitbull and Daniel Strauss, who will fight for the featherweight title.
Jenkins went 3-0 in 2014, with his latest victory coming against Thiago Meller at Bellator 126 in September. The 29-year old Karakhanyan, meanwhile, is coming off his first loss in over three years. He lost the World Series of Fighting featherweight title in June against Rick Glenn. For Karakhanyan, it'll be a homecoming of sorts too -- he competed in Bellator in 2010-11, going 2-2 during that time.
Coker also said that the striking phenom Michael Page will be facing undefeated fighter Curtis Millender (7-0) at the British Invasion Show on Feb. 27. Page -- a.k.a. "MVP" -- will join a host of other British fighters on the specialized card at the Mohegan Sun, including Paul Daley (who is fighting Douglas Lima for the welterweight title) and Liam McGeary (who will take on Emanuel Newton for the light heavyweight crown).
While Coker wasn't sure what was in store for Tito Ortiz or Quinton Jackson, he did say that 37-year old Stephan Bonnar would fight again, sometime in "April or May." Bonnar headlined Bellator 131 against Ortiz, and ended up losing a unanimous decision.
"Joe Schilling, what a talent he is," he said. "I followed him in the Glory fights. We're proud to have him on the roster. He'll probably be fighting sometime in the first quarter [of 2015], sometime in the first quarter for Bellator. But that doesn't mean he can't fight for Glory. I mean, if he has a Glory fight, we'll work around it. So, he'll have a contract for both leagues."