The Bellator MMA Heavyweight Division has a new addition according to MMA Junkie as Kirill Sidelnikov has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and will debut against Adam Keresh at Bellator 209.
Sidelnikov (11-5-0) is going to be returning to action for the first time in almost a year, with his last fight being a loss to Sergey Pavlovich at Fight Nights Global 79. Sidelnikov also competed twice in the Rizin promotion, having defeated the duo of Carlos Toyota and Chris Barnett. Sidelnikov hasn’t picked up a victory in almost two years, with his last win coming in December of 2016.
Keresh (1-0-0) made his professional MMA debut almost a year ago at Bellator 188, defeating Roman Kushnir by second round TKO. Keresh has no amateur MMA experience to speak of, as the lone pro bout serves as his only bit of MMA experience. Keresh enters the bout with a huge experience disadvantage, as Sidelnikov has fifteen more pro MMA bouts when compared to Keresh.
Bellator 209 takes place on Thursday, November 15 from the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel with Patricio Pitbull and Emmnauel Sanchez headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs via next day tape delay on the Paramount Network.