Saad Awad vs. Nate Andrews booked for Bellator 259 on May 21
Nate Andrews will finally make his Bellator debut when he meets a grizzly veteran.
Andrews (16-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will face Saad Awad (23-13-1 MMA, 11-10-1 BMMA) at Bellator 259 at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 21.
Two people with knowledge of the matchup notified MMA Junkie of the booking on Wednesday but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has not yet made an official announcement.
Andrews, a former CES lightweight champion, signed with PFL after completing an impressive nine-fight winning streak. He went 1-2 under the PFL banner and failed to make it to the easy tournament semi-finals when he lost to Chris Wade for the second time. He signed with Bellator but his debut was delayed after bookings against Killys Mota and Goiti Yamauchi were canceled.
Awad is currently experiencing the toughest stretch of his career after losing four fights in a row. His earlier appearance against Mandel Nallo at Bellator 249 in October was rated as a no contest after Awad was accidentally hit in the groin in the first round and he could not continue. Before his defeat, Awad had a winning streak in four fights with wins against J.J. Ambrose and Ryan Couture.
With the addition, the Bellator 259 range now includes:
Champ Cris Cyborg versus Leslie Smith - for the women's featherweight title
Fabian Edwards versus Austin Vanderford
Georgi Karakhanyan versus Adam Piccolotti
Brett Johns versus Matheus Mattos
Christian Edwards versus Ben Parrish
Nate Andrews versus Saad Awad
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