Erick Silva is expected to finally make his Bellator MMA debut in February, when he takes on Yaroslav Amosov at Bellator 216.
A little game of musical chairs will hopefully come to a close at Bellator 216 this February. On Thursday, MMA Fighting was first to report that Erick Silva, who signed with Bellator MMA last year after a brief stint with Legacy Fighting Alliance, would make his promotional debut against Yaroslav Amosov at the February event.
Coincidentally, Amosov is the man Silva was expected to replace against Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 207. However, Silva was himself forced to withdraw from Bellator 207 due to injury. Larkin wound up defeating Ion Pascu at the event.
Larkin vs. Silva was originally expected to be an alternate for the welterweight grand prix. This new booking is up in the air as far as tournament impact (if any) in concerned. Still, for Silva (20-9, 1NC), it’s a chance to continue a comeback that started with a win over Nick Barnes at LFA 45.
Amosov (20-0) defeated Gerald Harris in his last outing. That came at Bellator 202 in Thackerville, OK last July. Prior to joining Bellator, the 25-year old had 19 wins on the regional scene in Europe, boasting nineteen finishes.
Bellator 216 is part of a back-to-back weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasviille, CT for Bellator. The card takes place February 16, a day after Bellator 215.