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Chinzo Machida set to make Bellator debut in Anaheim

Jorge Ulisses, MMA Para

Lyoto Machida’s brother will finally make his Bellator debut.

Chinzo Machida, who signed with the promotion in December of 2014, is scheduled to take on Mario Navarro in a featherweight bout in the preliminary card of Bellator 160 on Aug. 26, Bellator officials told MMA Fighting on Sunday.

Machida (3-2), a 39-year-old featherweight from Brazil, hasn’t fought since a unanimous decision win over Dima Gerasimov at RFA 15. Prior to the victory, the karate expert stopped Brian Wood with a knee after three years away from MMA.

Navarro (4-4), who also hasn’t competed since 2014, looks to get back to the win column following losses to Brandon Bender and Cleber Luciano. His only win under the Bellator banned was a second-round submission over Anthony Bain in 2012.

Bellator 160 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and features a lightweight clash between former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire and former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson.

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