Two new prelim fights have been added to the upcoming Bellator 138 card, as Malcolm Smith meets Luke Nelson and Kain Royer faces Enrique Watson.
Set for June 19 from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, the card features Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock and featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Georgi Karakhanyan.
A five-time Shamrock FC veteran, Smith makes his Bellator MMA debut as he looks to rebound from a split-decision loss to Cory Hunter in March. Prior to the disappointing result, Smith was 4-1 in his previous five fights – a run that included two TKO victories and one submission.
Smith now meets three-time Shamrock FC fighter Nelson, who turned pro in December 2013 and also competes under the Bellator MMA banner for the first time. Nelson has earned both of his career wins to date via first-round stoppage, while his lone career loss went the distance, when he came up just short via split decision.
Royer and Watson have also spent the early stages of their professional careers competing exclusively under the Shamrock FC banner.
A submission specialist, Royer built an impressive amateur record fighting on Missouri’s regional scene before turning professional in 2013. An action-first fighter, both of his pro contests have ended in the first round. Royer now meets Watson, who made his professional debut this past June with a first-round TKO victory.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock
Bellator Featherweight Championship
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (c) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Heavyweight: Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson
Lightweight: Michael Chandler vs. Derek Campos
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Steve Mann vs. Justin Guthrie
Strawweight: Dan O’Connor vs. Miles McDonald
Lightweight: Malcolm Smith vs. Luke Nelson
Featherweight: Kain Royer vs. Enrique Watson