Bellator MMA has announced the headliners for its upcoming Bellaor 293 fight card, which is set to take place on March 31, 2023 in Temecula, Calif. According to a press release, the main event will feature top 10 heavyweight contenders Marcelo Golm (#7) and Daniel James (#8) going head-to-head in what is sure to be a hard-hitting affair.
Golm is 2-0 under the Bellator banner, beating Billy Swanson by first-round knockout in his promotional debut at Bellator 265 in August 2021. Nearly a year later, he followed up that performance by submitting Davion Franklin in the very first round. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) big man is looking to earn his fifth straight win to earn a spot in the Top 5.
James, meanwhile, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak and made his Bellator debut in November 2022 by knocking out Tyrell Fortune in the very first round. Of his 14 wins, 10 of them have come by knockout.
The co-headliner of the event will be a women’s featherweight bout as No. 1 ranked Cat Zingano returns after a seven-month layoff to face Leah McCourt. Zingano is currently on a three-fight winning streak and was last seen defeating Pam Sorenson at Bellator 282 in June 2022.
McCourt is 6-1 under the Bellator umbrella with his only loss to Sinead Kavanagh in a back-and-forth at Bellator 275. ‘The Curse’ bounced back nicely with a dominating win over Dayana Silva at Bellator 285 The winner of this fight could very well earn him a chance against division champion Cris Cyborg.
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