Fight booking wire (March 22-28): Nogueira-Borga, Law-Ghareeb added to Bellator 256

MMA Junkie Staff
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MMA fight announcements are hard to follow. With so many outlets and channels available, it’s nearly impossible to organize.

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Our fight booking wire will keep tabs on it all and will update any time we’ve got new matchups — so you’ll want to come back throughout the week to see the latest.

Here are fight announcements that have been broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie for this week, March 22-28:

Mayra Bueno Silva steps in to face Poliana Botelho on May 1

With Ji Yeon Kim forced out of UFC Fight Night on May 1 due to undisclosed reasons, [autotag]Poliana Botelho[/autotag] will now face fellow Brazilian [autotag]Mayra Bueno Silva[/autotag]. Botelho (8-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has lost two of her past three and will look to rebound from her unanimous decision loss to Gillian Robertson in October. Silva (7-1-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) on the other hand, is coming off a majority draw against Montana De La Rosa at UFC Fight Night 186 last month. – Confirmed by Farah Hannoun at 9:05 a.m. ET on March 22 (first reported by Ag Fight)

Bellator 256: Law vs. Ghareeb, Nogueira vs. Borga set for April 9

Cody Law

The lineup for Bellator's return next month continues to build with a pair off new matchups. Former Division-II champion wrestler Cody Law (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) will put his unbeaten record on the line against promotional newcomer Nathan Ghareeb (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a featherweight bout on the Bellator 256 prelims April 9 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Law had a pair of stoppage wins in 2020 in his first two Bellator fights. In addition, former women's featherweight title challenger Talita Nogueira (7-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) will take on Jessica Borga (3-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). – Confirmed by Nolan King at 11:50 a.m. ET on March 22 (first reported by MMA Fighting)

Bellator 256: Cat Zingano vs. Olivia Parker

Cat Zingano vs. Gabby Holloway

A former UFC title challenger has her next fight booked – and a win could set her up for a Bellator title shot. Cat Zingano (11-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will take on promotional newcomer Olivia Parker (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a women's featherweight bout at Bellator 256 on April 9 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Zingano was a high-profile free agent signing for Bellator in October 2019, but it was nearly a year before her promotional debut at Bellator 245 this past September, a decision win over Gabby Holloway. Because of the lack of depth of Bellator's women's featherweight division, a win over Parker could set Zingano up for a shot at champion Cris Cyborg. The 39-year-old Parker is based in Tennessee and a teammate of UFC standout Ovince Saint-Preux. She started her pro career 4-0, including three stoppage wins under the Valor Fighting Challenge banner. In July 2020, she moved up a level, but was submitted in the first round by Chelsea Chandler at Invicta FC 40. – Confirmed by Nolan King at 1:45 p.m. ET on March 22 (first reported by ESPN.com)

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