How do you spell violence? We’re not going to spell it out for you, but how about Sabah Homasi vs. Brennan Ward?
Homasi (17-10) will take on Ward (16-6) in a welterweight contest as part of Bellator 290 on February 4, 2023. A source familiar with the situation confirmed the booking to Cageside Press on Tuesday, following an initial report by MMA Junkie.
Any way you look at it, fans are going to be stoked to see two of the promotion’s most violent fighters collide.
Homasi has won his last two outings, both inside the distance. Most recently, he put away Maycon Mendonça in June, finishing the bout with a first-round KO. Since parting ways with the UFC in 2018, Homasi has posted a 6-2 record, with seven of those eight fights coming under the Bellator MMA banner.
In that span, he has picked up wins over Curtis Millender and Bobby Voelker, while coming up short against Paul Daley and Andrey Koreshkov.
Ward returned action earlier this year, competing for the first time since 2017, and overcoming a harrowing tale of addiction along the way. The 34-year old won both his fights in 2022, finishing both opponents by TKO. Homasi, however, will mark a step up in competition.
Bellator 290 takes place Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California. The card is expected to include the retirement fight of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko, who will challenge Ryan Bader for the Bellator MMA heavyweight championship in a rematch of their 2019 meeting.
The following bouts have been reported for the event thus far:
- Ryan Bader (c) vs. Fedor Emelianenko – for the Bellator MMA heavyweight championship
- Vadim Nemkov (c) vs. Yoel Romero – for the Bellator MMA light heavyweight championship
- Sabah Homasi vs. Brennan Ward
- Ethan Hughes vs. Yusuf Karakaya