Bellator 252 Adds Three Preliminary Bouts Including Devin Powell vs. Manny Muro

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Next month’s Bellator 252 card continues to grow.

Sources have confirmed to Cageside Press that three bouts have joined the event’s preliminary card. Among them, the return of former UFC lightweight Devin Powell, who will take on Manny Muro. Bellator officials have also confirmed a women’s featherweight fight between two foes making their professional debuts, in Amanda Leve vs. Kara Hoad.

Also on tap for Bellator 252, American Top Team’s undefeated Journel Lugo (4-0) returns to the Bellator cage against fellow undefeated prospect Schyler Sootho (4-0). Lugo impressed his last time out with a victory over Bellator’s John Douma. This bout will take place at 135lbs.

Devin Powell (10-4) is set to make his much-anticipated return to the Bellator cage after impressing his hometown crowd at Bellator 232. A four-fight veteran of the UFC and formerly featured on Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight, Powell has been out of action since submitting Marcus Surin a year ago.

Powell will step into the cage against Manny Muro (11-6), who last competed with Bellator a year ago, defeating fan favorite and DWCS alum Nick Newell. Muro competed on the same night that Powell was victorious, at Bellator 232 in Uncasville, Connecticut. Muro defeated Newell by split decision and subsequently signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion.

Bellator 252 is headlined by Patricio Pitbull vs. Pedro Carvalho, with Pitbull’s featherweight title on the line. That bout is part of the promotion’s ongoing featherweight grand prix, which finally gets going again in November. The event takes place on November 12 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.


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