Melvin Manhoef recently re-signed with Bellator and now he has his next assignment.
The 47-fight veteran will meet Chidi Njokuani in the middleweight main event of Bellator 210, which takes place at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., on Nov. 30. Officials announced the bout via press release Wednesday.
This will be Manhoef’s first fight since being knocked out in the fourth round by middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 176 in April of last year. Manhoef, 42, was making his second attempt to wrest the title from Carvalho, who won a narrow split decision in their first meeting at Bellator 155. He is 2-3 with one no-contest in the Bellator cage, and 30-14-1 (2 NC) overall.
Njokuani (18-5, 1 NC) is competing for the second time at 185 pounds following a successful debut at Bellator 189. The 29-year-old had struggled to make it down to the welterweight limit, competing three consecutive times at catchweights before defeating Hisaki Kato by unanimous decision in his middleweight debut last December. Despite his struggles with the scale, Njokuani has compiled a 5-1 record in Bellator.
Bellator 210 will air live on both the Paramount Network and DAZN, with preliminary bouts airing on both Bellator.com and the Bellator app.