Bellator MMA

Davis-Lawal, Chandler-Thomson official for Bellator 154 in May

The second Bellator tentpole event of 2016 will take place on May 14 in San Jose, California and the fight card will be headlined by a number one contender fight in the light heavyweight division as Phil Davis will meet Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

The fight booking was officially announced by Bellator on Friday evening and the promotion also announced that former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler will meet former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson.

Davis (15-3, 1NC) was signed by Bellator last year and won the one-night, four-man light heavyweight tournament at Bellator 142 with victories over Emanuel Newton and Francis Carmont. He is 6-2 in his last eight fights and three of those wins have come by stoppage. Lawal (19-4, 1NC) was supposed to meet Davis in the final of the one-night, four-man tournament. However, an injury forced him out of the tournament and he recently won Rizin FF Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Chandler (14-3) recently signed a new contract with Bellator and he has won his last two fights. His most recent win came in November as he defeated David Rickels by TKO at Bellator 145. Thomson (22-8, 1NC) signed with Bellator last year and has won both of his fights in the promotion. Both of his victories in Bellator have come by stoppage and the most recent win came in December against Pablo Villaseca.

Bellator 154: Davis vs. King Mo will come from the SAP Center and tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, February 26.