The Bellator Monster Energy series kicks off this weekend with Lawson McClure vs. Josh Blyden headlining. This show is not to be confused with Bellator 195 the previous evening where Darrion Caldwell defends the bantamweight title against Leandro Higo, it is instead a continuation of the expansion into the NASCAR market started last year more focused on entertainment than rankings significance. The event takes place March 3rd at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Lawson McClure and Josh Blyden main event is a rematch of their NFC bout in November which McClure won by split decision. 12-7 Lawson McClure had a rocky 2012-14 taking four losses in a row but since then the Hardcore Gym fighter has gone 4-1. In the last twelve months McClure went 1-1 in regional promotion NFC with a loss to Nathan Williams followed by the win over Josh Blyden. Blyden fighting out of Champions Training Center enters this bout 6-2. Blyden was doing well for his first four fights including his win over Nick Sprayberry in LFC. In 2016 Blyden’s only fight was a loss to Gui Cury, since then he went 2-1 in NFC with his most recent fight being the split decision against McClure.
In the co-main event 4-1 Devorious Tubbs faces 4-0-1 Joseph Creer. Tubbs started off with wins in LFC over Derrick Brown, Patrick Mandio, and Zachary Klouse before moving over to NFC. In this promotion he has gone 1-1 with a loss to Brad Taylor followed by a win over Chris Sprinkle, both by unanimous decision. Creer started his pro career with a draw against Robert Reed then went on to defeat Brad Taylor, Fay Fray, Lorenzo Hunt, and Jeremy Perdue with all five being in regional promotion Conflict MMA.
- Mike Galitello vs. John Vaughn
- Zac Cooper vs. Devante Sewell
- Devorious Tubbs vs. Joseph Creer
- Lawson McClure vs. Josh Blyden