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Chidi Njokuani now meets Thiago Goncalves in Bellator 156 co-headliner

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Originally scheduled to face former welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 156, Chidi Njokuani will now meet The Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran Thiago Goncalves in the co-main event spot on June 17, MMA Fighting has learned with sources close to the situation. Lima takes on Paul Daley at Bellator 158.

Goncalves (18-4) makes his promotional debut a year after defeating Matt Baker at WSOF 21. "Jambo", who won six of his last seven fights, was originally booked against Ricky Rainey in the Bellator 156 prelims.

Njokuani (14-4), who defeated Rainey via decision in his first appearance under the Bellator banner, enters the fight riding a six-fight undefeated streak, which includes a win over Gilbert Smith for the RFA welterweight title in 2015.

Bellator 156 takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and features a rematch between Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas for the 135-pound title in the main event.

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