Bellator 218: Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Georgi Karakhanyan set to take place on March 22nd

Bellator 218: Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Georgi Karakhanyan will take place on Friday March 22, 2019 at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

In the main event, Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (17-4) will take on Georgi Karakhanyan (29-8-1). Sanchez was scheduled to take on Ashleigh Grimshaw but he had to step away from this bout and Karakhanyan has stepped in on short notice. This is a rematch between the two fighters as Georgi lost via majority decision.

In the co-main event, Linton Vassell (18-7) will jump to heavyweight for a matchup against Valentin Moldavsky (7-1). Vassell is moving to heavyweight after he fighting at light heavyweight. His last two fight are form back-to-back knockout losses against Ryan Bader and Phil Davis. Moldavskiy is a Rizin vet with two Bellator appearances. His most recent win was when he earned a first-round TKO of Ernest James at Bellator 202. 

Gerald Harris (25-7-1) and Anatoly Tokov (27-3) were recently added to the main event. The following bouts have been added to the prelims: Vladimir Tokov (3-0) taking on Ryan Walker (8-4) in a lightweight bout and Jeremy Hardy (6-4) will meet Rudy Schaffroth (6-0) in a heavyweight bout.

The main card will air on Paramount and streams on DAZN while the prelims on FightBook MMA.

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Bellator 218 Fight Card:

MAIN CARD
(Paramount, DAZN, 9 p.m. ET)

Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Valentin Moldavsky vs. Linton Vassell
Hracho Darpinyan vs. Mike Shipman
Gerald Harris vs. Anatoly Tokov

PRELIMINARY CARD
(FightBook MMA, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Kevin Croom vs. John Teixeira
Johnny Eblen vs. Chauncey Foxworth
Nation Gibrick vs. Nick Page
Malin Hermansson vs. Victoria Leonardo
Isaiah Gutierrez vs. Aaron Vickers
Ky Bennett vs. Deborah Kouzmin
Will Lavine vs. Norbert Novenyi Jr.
Christian Edwards vs. Roman Huerta
Luis Erives vs. Craig Fairley
Vladimir Tokov vs. Ryan Walker
Jeremy Hardy vs. Rudy Schaffroth

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