Bellator’s first event in the new year has a new title fight to take the place of one that will head to the backburner.
The new Bellator 290 co-main event in February will be a middleweight title fight between champion Johnny Eblen (12-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) and challenger Anatoly Tokov (31-3 MMA, 7-0 BMMA), a teammate of Fedor Emelianenko, who challenges Ryan Bader for the heavyweight title in the headliner. Bellator officials announced the new fight Tuesday.
The middleweight title bout takes the place of the originally announced co-main event between light heavyweight champ Vadim Nemkov (16-2 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) and Yoel Romero (15-6 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), which officials said in a news release is “unable to take place as scheduled.”
Bellator 290 takes place Feb. 4 at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif., just outside Los Angeles. For the first time in promotion history, the main card will air on CBS in a nationally televised prime time broadcast. The card also will stream on Paramount+. Prelims will stream on MMA Junkie.
With the change, the Bellator 290 lineup now includes:
Champ Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianenko – for heavyweight title
Champ Johnny Eblen vs. Anatoly Tokov – for middleweight title
Sabah Homasi vs. Brennan Ward
Henry Corrales vs. Akhmed Magomedov
Diana Avsaragova vs. Alejandra Lara
Neiman Gracie vs. Michael Lombardo
Ethan Hughes vs. Yusuf Karakaya
Chris Gonzalez vs. Max Rohskopf
Karl Albrektsson vs. Grant Neal
Jaylon Bates vs. Jornel Lugo