Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Christian Edwards is among the names that have been added to the Bellator 243 preliminaries.
Edwards (3-0) faces Ahmed Samir (1-1) in a 210-pound catchweight bout that was among four added to the Aug. 7 show on Wednesday. Also expected to take place on the preliminary card is a lightweight bout between Nainoa Dung (3-1) and Charlie Campbell (1-1), a middleweight bout between Dalton Rosta (2-0) and Mark Gardner (1-1), and a light heavyweight bout between Grant Neal (3-0) and Hamza Salim (5-2).
Edwards, 21, made his pro debut at Bellator 224 in July of last year, where he defeated Justin Vargas by TKO in just 54 seconds. He followed that with a 16-second head kick KO of Cesar Bennett at Bellator 233, and then a unanimous decision win over DiMarcco Hutchison at Bellator 239.
Samir makes his Bellator debut. The 35-year-old Egyptian most recently competed in September 2018, losing a unanimous decision to Kevin Sears at a regional show in Atlantic City, N.J.
Dung, 21, looks to bounce back from the first loss of his career, a unanimous decision loss to fellow Hawaiian Zach Zane, while Campbell makes his Bellator debut after going 1-1 in New Jersey’s Ring of Combat promotion.
See the updated Bellator 243 card below:
Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson
Taylor Johnson vs. Joel Bauman
Christian Edwards vs. Ahmed Safir
Nainoa Dung vs. Charlie Campbell
Dalton Rosta vs. Mark Gardner
Grant Neal vs. Hamza Salim