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Bellator 168: Ed Ruth makes super fast turnaround, accepts international fight on one week notice

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Bellator 168: “Sakara vs. Beltran” comes to Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, this Saturday afternoon (Dec. 10, 2016) airing live on Spike TV in the United States at a special 4 p.m. ET start time to accommodate the time difference.

Speaking of time differences, a very late addition to the card will require Bellator to increase its travel budget for the event. And one can only hope that the featured fighter, Olympic-caliber wrestler Ed Ruth, won’t be jet-lagged given how little time he’ll have to prepare for a super short notice fight against local fighter Emanuele Palombi (5-2).

Ruth, who signed with Bellator in 2015, didn’t make his debut until “McGeary vs. Davis” last month in Uncasville, Connecticut. However, he wasted little time dispatching his opponent, Dustin Collins-Miles, via first round technical knockout in his debut. The quick, dominating performance left him injury-free and, apparently, available to take his second professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fight in as many months.

Check out the latest Bellator 168 fight card below:

Bellator 168> “Sakara vs. Beltran” Main Card (Spike TV):

Light Heavyweight: Alessio Sakara (18-11, 2 NC) vs. Joey Beltran (17-13, 1 NC)
Light Heavyweight: Philipe Lins (10-1) vs. Kleber Raimundo Silva (12-7)
Middleweight: John Salter (12-3) vs. Claudio Annicchiarico (1-4)
Lightweight: Goiti Yamauchi (31-9) vs. Valeriu Mircea (12-3)
Middleweight: Ed Ruth (1-0) vs. Emanuele Palombi (5-2)

Bellator Kickboxing “Florence” Card:

Lightweight: Giorgio Petrosyan (82-2-2, 1 NC) vs. Jordan Watson (48-11-2)
Flyweight World Title: Denise Kielholtz (45-3) vs. Gloria Peritore (11-1-1)
Middleweight: Joe Schilling (19-9) vs. Victorio Lermano (30-7)
Welterweight: Luca Novello (22-4-2) vs. Karim Ghajji (96-13-1)
Lightweight: Kevin Ross (31-9) vs. Alessio Arduini (26-14-2)

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Source:: mma mania