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Bellator 118 Finalized with Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout

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Bellator 118 has been finalized with 11 bouts including the recent addition of a welterweight tournament semifinal between Sam Oropeza and Andrey Koreshkov.

Flu-like symptoms pulled Koreshkov from their originally scheduled bout on April 4th. Their new date is on May 2nd from the Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Oropeza spoke on the fight and having their first fight pushed back, in a statement released by Bellator:

“I always say things happen for a reason, and this is one of those moments where everything is coming together,” Oropeza said. “It was frustrating to hear the fight got pushed back after training so hard for this semifinal fight, but when we heard I’d be fighting back in Revel so close to friends and family, things really couldn’t have worked out better.
Bellator has taken great care of me, and I can’t wait to put on a show on May 2nd and move onto the finals of this tournament.”

The main event for Bellator 118 is a bantamweight title fight between champion Eduardo Dantas and Joe Warren. Dantas will be looking for his third title defense and seventh win in Bellator. Dantas is currently undefeated in the Bellator cage and suffered his last loss at the hands of Tyson Nam who upset him at Shooto Brazil 33.

Warren recovered from a two-fight skid to win three straight, finishing his last two fights wight he most recent being a TKO victory over Travis Marx at Bellator 107 last November.

Main Card:
Bellator Bantamweight World Title Fight:
Eduardo Dantas (16-3) vs. Joe Warren (10-3)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinals:
Andrey Koreshkov (15-1) vs. Sam Oropeza (11-2)

Marcos Galvao (15-6-1) vs. Thomas Vasquez (7-0)
Liam McGeary (6-0) vs. Mike Mucitelli (6-0)
Preliminary Card:
Tim Woods (6-4) vs. Dante Rivera (15-7)
Jesus Martinez (8-5) vs. Ryan Contaldi (7-7)
Joe Pingitore (4-1-1) vs. Darrion Caldwell (4-0)
Jay Haas (11-13) vs. Lester Caslow (11-9)
Julian Lane (6-3-1) vs. Anthony Morrison (18-10)
Pat Bennett (4-3) vs. John Fain (1-0)
Mike Bannon (5-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (2-0)
Amran Aliyev (3-2) vs. Kevin Roddy (13-15-1)

(Photo Courtesy via Bellator MMA)
(Photo Courtesy via Bellator MMA)