Derek Anderson will be moving up to the welterweight division next month at Bellator 163 as he will meet Paul Daley on the main card broadcast on Spike.
The fight booking was announced by Bellator in a press release on Monday and the promotion also announced that Sergei Kharitonov will make his promotional debut against Javy Ayala in a heavyweight bout.
Bellator 163 will come from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on November 4 and will be headlined by a title fight as Liam McGeary defends the Bellator light heavyweight title against Phil Davis.
Daley (38-14-2) is coming off a decision defeat against former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima in July at Bellator 158. The defeat snapped a five fight winning streak and he is 9-2 in his last eleven fights. Anderson (14-2, 1NC) has won back to back fights and is coming off a decision win against Saad Awad in August. He is 5-2 in Bellator and he explained on his Instagram page why he is moving up to fight Daley at Bellator 163.
Moving up a weight class to stay busy while I wait for someone at the top my size. 5 weeks out. Feeling strong. Can’t wait to be back in the cage. November 4th at the Mohegan sun casino in Connecticut against tough opponent Paul Daley with over 50 fights.
The current Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis fight card is below.
Main Card: (Spike – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Liam McGeary (11-0) vs. Phil Davis (16-3)
Saad Awad (19-8) vs. Brennan Ward (13-4)
Paul Daley (38-14-2) vs. Derek Anderson (14-2, 1NC)
Sergei Kharitonov (23-5) vs. Javy Ayala (9-5)
Marloes Coenen (23-7) vs. Talita Nogueira (6-0)
Preliminary Card: (Bellator.com – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Josh Diekmann (15-7, 1 NC) vs. Tyler King (11-4)
Blair Tugman (8-6) vs. Walter Smith-Cotito (4-4, 1 NC)
Michael Zichelle (8-4) vs. Tim Caron (5-0)
Ilya Kotau (1-1) vs. Carlos Corriea (1-0)
Sarah Payant (1-3) vs. Hannah Regina (0-0)
Keenan Raymond (3-3) vs. Kastroit Xhema (0-0)
Thomas English (6-6) vs. Christopher Foster (9-4)
James Boran (6-0) vs. Vinicius De Jesus (4-1)