BELLATOR MMA SET FOR ACTION AT THE O2 IN LONDON ON JULY 16 WITH KIMBO SLICE-JAMES THOMPSON, JOSH KOSCHECK-PAUL DALEY IN TOW
MICHAEL 'VENOM' PAGE, LINTON 'THE SWARM' VASSELL ALSO SET TO COMPETE
It was the most-watched fight in the history of Mixed Martial Arts with 7.28 million viewers, and on Sunday night Bellator MMA President Scott Coker joined ESPN's SportsCenter to officially announce that Kimbo Slice (6-2) and James Thompson (20-16) are going to run it back at The O2 in London on July 16 in the main event of "Bellator 158: London."
The tentpole event features another highly anticipated rematch serving as the co-main event when a grudge match nearly six years in the making will see one of the most bitter rivalries in the sport boil over when Josh Koscheck (17-10) takes on Paul "Semtex" Daley (38-13-2).
In The United Kingdom, the event will be broadcast on Channel 5 with the undercard airing on Spike UK, while in America the will air free on Spike. Exact broadcast details for will be revealed in the near future.
In addition, a pair of English natives will also be in action on July 16, when Michael "Venom" Page (9-0) and Linton "The Swarm" Vassell (16-5) face yet-to-be-announced opponents. London's Page, also known as "MVP" will be competing during the main card of "Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson" this Friday, live and free on Spike at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
Fresh off his performance in the main event of "Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie," the record-shattering card that generated 3.5 million viewers, Slice returns to action against the man he defeated back in 2008. It's without question that Slice, a member of American Top Team in his home state of Florida, is one of the most must-see competitors in the sport of mixed martial arts, as it's become increasingly clear fans can never truly expect what will happen when the brawler enters the Bellator cage.
These two momentous matchups are set to take place on July 16 The O2, the legendary 20,000-seat arena, as Kimbo Slice-James Thompson II and Josh Koscheck-Paul Daley II emanate from the United Kingdom, and there's no other place to watch the action unfold than free on Spike.