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Adam Borics faces promotional newcomer Manuel Gaxhja in new Bellator 196 co-main event

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After a series of late changes, Bellator 196’s fight card has been set.

Undefeated featherweight prospect Adam Borics will face promotional newcomer Manuel Gaxhja on April 6 in Budapest, Hungary in new co-main event of Bellator 196, promotion officials confirmed Tuesday.

Borics was initially slated to fight James Gallagher in the card’s headlining attraction, however plans changed after Gallagher withdrew due to a hand injury. A lightweight scrap between Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta instead headlines the event, as announced Monday on The MMA Hour.

An up-and-comer fighting out of Hungary, Borics (10-0) made quick work of Anthony Taylor in his lone Bellator appearance, stopping the American with a first-round rear-naked choke in April 2017 at Bellator 177. He’ll now look to continue that momentum against Gaxhja (6-0), a 20-year-old unbeaten Albanian prospect who has earned four of his six wins via stoppage.

Bellator 196 takes place at the Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary. The event will air on Paramount Network via tape delay followed by Bellator Kickboxing 9.

Updated fight cards for both Bellator 196 and Bellator Kickboxing 9 can be seen below.

Bellator 196
Benson Henderson vs. Roger Huerta
Adam Borics vs. Manuel Gaxhja
Denise Kielholtz vs. Lena Ovchynnikova
Brian Moore vs. Giorgio Belsanti

Bellator Kickboxing 9
Raymond Daniels vs. Djibril Ehouo
Alexy Ignashov vs. TBD
Jorina Baars vs. Julie Burton