On Saturday, Dec. 10, Bellator MMA hosted its 168th event from the Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. The event was preceded by the promotion’s fourth kickboxing event.

In the night’s main event, a pair of UFC veterans locked horns as Italy’s own Alessio Sakara took on Joey Beltran. The 35-year-old Sakara rode the momentum of back-to-back knockout victories, including a second-round stoppage of Brian Rogers at Bellator 152 in April. Beltran, meanwhile, had alternated wins and losses over his last seven outings. He was last in the Bellator cage in May, where he dropped a split decision verdict against Chase Gormley.

The action kicked off Saturday at 4 p.m. ET live on Spike TV.

Alessio Sakara def. Joey Beltran by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:20
Kleber Raimundo Silva def. Philipe Lins by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:42
John Salter def. Claudio Annicchiarico by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:40
Goiti Yamauchi def. Valeriu Mircea by submission (triangle). Round 1, 3:33
Ed Ruth def. Emanuele Palombi by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:33

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Justyn Likes was born in Germany and raised on a military base. A fan of MMA since 2006, Justyn recently started writing about the sport in 2015. He has a Bachelor's in History and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. Other than covering MMA, Justyn is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan.

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