On Saturday, April 16, Bellator Kickboxing hosted its inaugural event in the northern Italian city of Turin at the Pala Alpitour with a five-fight main card. The card was a joint effort with Italian promotion Oktagon, who hosted the Victory World Series portion of the event.
The main event featured hard-hitting Dutch-Surinamese knockout artist Melvin Manhoef against Romania’s Alexandru Negrea. In the co-main event, the 165-pound ISKA title was on the line between Mustapha Haida and Karim Ghajji. Also on the card, former GLORY welterweight title challenger Raymond Daniels squared off with Italian Francesco Moricca, flyweights Denise Kielholtz and Veronica Vernocchi locked horns, and American Muay Thai standout Kevin Ross met local fighter Matteo Taccini.
The Bellator Kickboxing portion of the card will air on Spike TV via one-week tape-delay on Friday, April 22 at 11 p.m. ET.
For the results of the Bellator MMA portion of the event, click here.
Alexandru Negrea def. Melvin Manhoef by unanimous decision (30-25, 29-26, 29-26)
Karim Ghajji def. Mustapha Haida by decision – for 165-pound ISKA title
Raymond Daniels def. Francesco Moricca by TKO (spinning back kick). Round 1, 0:30
Kevin Ross def. Matteo Taccini by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Denise Kielholtz def. Veronica Vernocchi by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Ravy Brunow by decision
Chingis Allazov def. Wu Sihan by TKO (retirement).
Armen Petrosyan def. Wang Tengyue by decision
Igor Bougaienko def. Bruno Sousano by decision
Tarik Totts def. Wang Shanwei by decision
Gloria Peritore def. Li Mingrui by TKO. Round 3
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