Bellator: Sanchez vs. Grimshaw
Featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez takes on Ashleigh Grimshaw on March 23 (AEDT). The pair headlines Bellator MMA event held at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, OK, the promotion announced on Saturday.
The 28-year-old Emmanuel Sanchez (17-4), nicknamed “El Matador,” will serve as Bellator’s headliner for the second consecutive time in his 13th fight with the promotion. A homegrown fighter from the famed Roufusport MMA Academy in Milwaukee has defeated a who’s who of 145-pounders including former champions Daniel Straus and Marcos Galvao, as well as standouts Sam Sicilia, Justin Lawrence and Georgi Karakhanyan. Now, Sanchez looks to immediately put himself back into contender status with a tough test on March 22.”
Based out of London, Ashleigh “The White Wolf” Grimshaw (20-10-1, 3 NC) has competed professionally since 2003, amassing more than 30 professional bouts across the European MMA scene. Unbeaten in his last four contests, Grimshaw has finished his opponent 18 times in his 20 victories. Now, set for his promotional debut with Bellator, the 36-year-old will be looking to make noise in a division currently championed by Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.
The undercard bouts for Bellator: Sanchez vs. Grimshaw are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.