On Friday afternoon, Bellator MMA announced a date and location for its first trip across the pond.

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker joined Oktagon Kickboxing President Carlo Di Blasi in Paris announce a co-promoted event set to take place on April 16 at the Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy.

The event will feature both Bellator MMA and Oktagon Kickboxing bouts, with the Bellator MMA portion airing in the United States on SPIKE.

“We are very excited to be working side by side with my friend Carlo Di Blasi and his team,” said Coker. “Carlo is a great ally, and someone who I admire for all of the amazing work he has done in combat sports throughout Europe over the past twenty years. We look forward to putting on an amazing show for the Italian people, and fans tuning in from around the world when we combine our efforts on April 16 in Torino”

“Oktagon has had incredible success building a loyal and committed fanbase throughout Europe over the past twenty years,” added Di Blasi. “I know that these fans are going to really enjoy the exciting brand of MMA that Bellator offers when we partner with them on April 16.”

Bellator MMA also announced recent signing of former UFC veteran and one of Italy’s most high-profile fighters, Alessio Sakara (17-11) who is expected to fight at the event.

Former middleweight, Sakara recently made the jump back up to light heavyweight, scoring a TKO victory just 1:32 into his last outing in September. The “Legionarius” is currently 6-0 in MMA and 6-1 in boxing when fighting on his home soil of Italy.
In addition to the Torino event, Bellator MMA has announced plans for additional international events in London and Israel slated for 2016.

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