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Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw to headline Bellator event on March 22

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Emmanuel Sanchez will headline his second straight Bellator event.
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Emmanuel Sanchez will headline his second straight Bellator event.

The 28-year-old featherweight is slated to meet promotional newcomer Ashleigh Grimshaw on March 22 in the main event of a Bellator card set to take place at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Bellator officials announced bout late Friday.

Sanchez (17-4) saw his four-fight win streak snapped in his most recent outing, a unanimous decision title loss to Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire earlier this month at Bellator 209. In total, Sanchez holds a 9-3 record inside the Bellator cage, highlighted by victories over former two-time champion Daniel Straus, former bantamweight titleholder Marcos Galvao, UFC veteran Sam Sicilia, and former WSOF champion Georgi Karakhanyan.

Grimshaw (20-10-1, 3 NC) makes his Bellator debut on the heels of a four-fight win streak that includes three stoppages. A 15-year veteran of the game, Grimshaw has faced noted competition in Tom Duquesnoy, Vaughan Lee, and Paddy Pimblett, among others.

The March 22 event is expected to air live on Paramount Network as well as DAZN.

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