Bellator MMA is at the Jordan Bryce Center in University Park, Pennsylvania, for Bellator 186, featuring 2 title fights including the crowning of an inaugural Women’s Flyweight Champion.
The main event has England’s Linton “The Swarm” Vassell challenging Arizona’s Ryan “Darth” Bader for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title. Vassell has won 3 straight, including submitting former champion Lina McGeary to earn this opportunity. Making his first title defense since dethroning Phil Davis, by decision, Bader is also on a 3 fight win streak.
The co-main event is a rematch with raised steaks as the winner of Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (6-0) vs. Emily Ducote (6-2) will be crowned first Bellator Women’s Flyweight Champion. Their first meeting at Bellator 167 saw MacFarlane take a unanimous decision.
The main card also has former Bellator Light Heavyweight champ and Penn State alumni Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis against undefeated Brazilian Leo Leite. Fellow Penn State Alumni Ed Ruth faces UFC vet Chris Dempsey. And to get it started Bellator vet Saad Awad meets Zach Freeman.