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Bellator 168: Goiti Yamauchi makes quick turnaround to fight Valeriu Mircea in Florence

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Bellator 168 comes to Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, this Saturday (Dec. 10, 2016), airing live on Spike TV at a special start time of 4 pm ET. The televised main has undergone several changes, most notably the main event, which will now feature Alessio Sakara vs. Joe Beltran after Rafael Carvalho went down with an injury (details).

Goiti Yamauchi (31-9) was also added to Bellator 168 in a Lightweight contest against Valeriu Mircea (12-3). Yamauchi has picked up wins in four out of his last five outings, and the one loss (a decision against Bubba Jenkins) prompted him to return to 155 pounds. He made quick work of Ryan Couture in October and suffered no damage in the process, so a rapid turnaround is manageable. It will be up to Mircea to prove it was an unwise decision, while simultaneously making his Bellator debut. He’s on a three-fight win streak that includes two knockouts. And he clearly doesn’t mind a fast turnaround, either, racking up six wins this calendar year.

In other news, “Monstro” Philipe Lins (10-1) has a new opponent as Pietro Cappelli has pulled out with an injury, so Kleber Raimundo Silva (12-7) has agreed to step in on short notice for a Light Heavyweight bout.

Check out the complete Bellator 168 fight card below, which includes Bellator Kickboxing bouts that will not air during the live broadcast:

Bellator 168 “Carvalho vs. Manhoef 2” (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)

Bellator Kickboxing “Florence” Card:

Lightweight: Giorgio Petrosyan (82-2-2, 1 NC) vs. Jordan Watson (48-11-2)
Flyweight: 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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