Bellator 136 continues to grow.

On Thursday afternoon, Bellator MMA announced the addition of a  key lightweight matchup between two international contenders with a combined 50 career victories, as well as four intriguing preliminary contests.

The new matchups include a main-card lightweight contest of Marcin Held vs. Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy, as well as preliminary bouts of bantamweights Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian vs. Raja Shippen, middleweights Joey “Mexicutioner” Beltran vs. Brian “The Professional Predator” Rogers, lightweights Saad “Assassin” Awad vs. Rob “C4″ Sinclair and flyweights Jonathan Santa Maria vs. Steve Ramirez.

The 23-year-old Held (20-3) , a native of Tychy, Poland, will enter this bout as a former no-gi grappling world champion. Held has been competing in mixed martial arts professionally since 2008 and has earned 11 of his 20 career wins by way of submission. With just one loss in his past 11 appearances, Held owns Bellator MMA wins over Patricky Pitbull, Nate Jolly, Derek Anderson, Rodrigo Cavalheiro, Ryan Healy, Rich Clementi, Murad Machaev, Derrick Kennington and former TUF standout Phillipe Nover.

The 26-year-old Sarnavskiy (30-2), from Omsk, Russia, has an equally impressive record and has earned the rank of Master of Sport in hand-to-hand combat. A seven-time Bellator MMA veteran, Sarnavskiy is currently enjoying a five-fight winning streak and is 10-1 in his past 11 appearances. In his 30 career victories, 25 have come by stoppage, including 18 submissions and seven knockouts.

Papazian (18-11) is a seven-year veteran of the sport who has been training in martial arts since he was just 6 years old. A former King of the Cage flyweight champion, Papazian is 3-1 in his past four outings. His opponent, Shippen (14-9-1), a Reign Training Center product, will enter this bout having won 11 of his last 12 bouts appearances and has earned 13 of his 14 career wins by stoppage, including five knockouts and eight submissions.

The hard-hitting Beltran (15-11) , a former UFC veteran, will be making his third career appearance under the Bellator MMA banner and first first as middleweight. He formerly competed as a member of the light heavyweight division where he suffered losses to fellow UFC veteran Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and former light heavyweight champion Emmanuel Newton in their title fight at Bellator 124. A slugger by trade, 11 of Beltran’s 15 career wins have come by way of knockout. He now meets fellow knockout artist Rogers (11-7) who will enter this bout with nine Bellator MMA appearances to his name and nine career knockout wins.

Awad (17-6), a Millennia MMA product, owns five wins under the Bellator MMA banner, four of which have come by stoppage. Fourteen of his 17 career wins have come by stoppage, including seven knockouts and seven submissions. He faces Sinclair (12-2) , of Manchester, England, who is 8-1 in his past nine appearances. Ten of Sinclair’s 12 career wins have come by way of finish, including nine knockouts, and he now makes his Bellator MMA debut.

Santa Maria (3-0), of Whittier, Calif., made his professional debut in March 2014 and has already picked up three victories. He now faces Ramirez (0-1) who suffered a split-decision loss in his professional debut and now hopes to earn his first official career victory.

Bellator 136 is currently scheduled to takes place on Friday, April 10, at Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. The night’s televised main card, featuring Bellator MMA Lightweight World Champion Will Brooks vs. top contender Dave Jansen, airs live on Spike TV (9 p.m. ET), while preliminary bouts stream live on (7 p.m. ET).

Here is how the rest of the card is shaping up:

Main Card (9 p.m. ET)

  • (c) Will Brooks (15-1) vs. Dave Jansen (20-2) – For Bellator MMA Lightweight Title
  • Rafael Carvalho (10-1) vs. Joe Schilling (2-3)
  • Marcin Held (20-3) vs. Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy (30-2)

Preliminary Card (7 p.m. ET)

  • Jared Papazian (18-11) vs. Raja Shippen (14-9-1)
  • Joey Beltran (15-11) vs. Brian Rogers (11-7)
  • Saad Awad (17-6) vs. Rob Sinclair (12-2)
  • Jonathan Santa Maria (3-0) vs. Steve Ramirez (0-1)

(c) – Champion