John Douma vs. Will Smith Set for Bellator 256

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John Douma Credit: Mike McClory/Cageside Press

Bellator 256 continues to grow, with the latest addition being a bantamweight showdown featuring two fighters looking to return to the win column.

That fight will see John Douma (4-2) take on Will Smith (3-1) in preliminary card action. Both fighters are coming off single losses under the Bellator MMA banner.

Douma, fighting out of Tri-Force MMA in Rhode Island, is 1-1 inside the Bellator cage to date. The 24-year old pulled off the upset of fellow prospect Mike Kimbel at Bellator 215 in September 2019. In his return bout, he came up short against Jornel Lugo.

Prior to joining his current fighting home, Douma had competed exclusively for CES MMA as a pro.

Smith, meanwhile, is 0-1 in the promotion. He had a two-fight win streak snapped in his debut with the organization last year, losing via TKO to Lucas Brennan. Like Douma, Smith has previously competed for CES MMA.

Bellator 256 is set to take place Friday, April 9, 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The card will be the promotion’s second on its new U.S. broadcast home Showtime. Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida, a quarterfinal fight in the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, headlines.

The full card currently looks as follows:

Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida
Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov
Julia Budd vs. Dayana Silva
Jeremy Kennedy vs. Ádám Borics
Liz Carmouche vs. Vanessa Porto
Cody Law vs. Nathan Ghareeb
Cat Zingano vs. Olivia Parker
Talita Nogueira vs. Jessica Borga
Diana Avsaragova vs. Tara Graff
Cass Bell vs. Jornel Lugo
Nainoa Dung vs. Izzy William
Dalton Rosta vs. Tony Johnson
Jaylon Bates vs. Jeffrey Glossner
John Douma vs. Will Smith


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