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Ricky Bandejas vs. Ahmet Kayretli booked for Bellator 225

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Ricky Bandejas (pictured) fights Ahmet Kayretli at Bellator 225 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Aug. 24
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There’s a lot on the line in Ricky Bandejas’s next fight.

Officials announced Wednesday that the 27-year-old bantamweight will be facing newcomer Ahmet Kayretli at Bellator 225 on Aug. 24 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Bandejas (11-3) made a huge splash in his own debut last August, handing top prospect James Gallagher his first loss via a first-round knockout. However, he’s gone 0-2 since then, losing to Juan Archuleta and Patrick Mix.

A Legacy Fighting Alliance veteran, Kayretli (8-3, 1 NC) is coming off of a third-round submission loss to Levi Mowles in March. The 30-year-old Turkish fighter went 2-1 with one no contest in the LFA.

Bellator 225 will be headlined by a heavyweight rematch between Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov. The main card will air live on Paramount Network and the DAZN streaming service.

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