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    Bellator Champions Series San Diego adds two more bouts
    • July 9, 2024

    Two fights have been added to the Bellator Champions Series San Diego main card, including one featuring a bantamweight intent on reclaiming gold.

    Former 135-pound interim champion Raufeon Stots will take on Marcos Breno in the co-main event Sept. 7 at Pechanga Arena, a source confirmed.

    And less than two weeks after an impressive TKO victory, Riverside welterweight Lorenz Larkin will step back into the cage against Levan Chokheli.

    The main event, first reported June 18 by the Southern California News Group, pits undefeated lightweight champion Usman Nurmagomedov (17-0, 1 NC) against Alexander Shabliy (24-3).

    Fighting out of Milwaukee, Stots, 35, lost his interim title via first-round knockout to Patchy Mix in the Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix in April 2023 at Bellator 295. Stots (20-2) rebounded by rematching Danny Sabatello, 11 months after his split-decision victory over the Italian Gangster, this time earning a unanimous-decision nod at Bellator 301 in November.

    Breno (15-3), a 26-year-old Brazilian, hasn’t fought since a second-round submission loss via rear-naked choke to Sabatello at Bellator 294 in April of last year.

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    Larkin (26-8), 37, tore through Alan Dominguez at PFL 6 on June 28, pounding away on his felled opponent and earning the referee’s stoppage with 14 seconds left in the opening round.

    Chokheli (13-2), a 26-year-old Georgian, is 4-2 since debuting in Bellator a little more than three years ago. He has won his past three fights, with his most recent victory a first-round front-kick knockout of Sabah Homasi at Bellator 299.

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