Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho will look to make his first title defense against heavy-handed Melvin Manhoef in the main event of Bellator 155 on May 20 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Carvalho’s (12-1) second-round body kick knockout of Brandon Halsey at Bellator 144 was the third biggest oddsmaker upset in 2015, and extended his current winning streak to 12. The 29-year-old will be making his fourth appearance under the Bellator MMA banner and has an impressive finishing rate of 83 percent.

With a resume of knockouts as violent as Manhoef (30-12-1), the former K-1 and Strikeforce veteran, is fresh off his violent knockout of Hisaki Kato at Bellator 146 in November. Now the 39-year-old is in position to lay claim to the Bellator 185-pound MMA title, before returning to kickboxing competition in the newly founded Bellator Kickboxing league.

In the co-main event, former Bellator MMA Featherweight champ Pat Curran will return to action for the first time since June, when he faces the always-dangerous Georgi Karakhanyan.

It’s hard to find a Bellator MMA fighter with as many memorable moments for the Scott Coker-led promotion as Curran (21-7). The former featherweight kingpin has been involved in wars with a who’s who of the Bellator 145-pound division, including champion Daniel Straus, Patricio Freire, Daniel Weichel and Joe Warren.

Karakhanyan (24-5-1) made a splash in his return to Bellator MMA in 2015, choking out Bubba Jenkins in his first fight for the Viacom-owned promotion since 2011. Now, the Millenia MMA standout will put his knack for submitting opponents (14x) to the test against Curran, a fighter who has only been submitted once in 28-fights.

Bellator 155 airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream live on and The Bellator Mobile App.

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