The featured preliminary-card bout is set for next month’s Bellator 181 event.
Bellator 181 takes place July 14 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
It’s a good opportunity for Lawrence to gain some traction in Bellator. The 27-year-old UFC vet is 2-2 since joining the promotion and is looking to rebound from a decision loss to John Teixeira in his previous bout. The veteran kickboxer and former RFA champ now meets Thomison, who’s had an inconsistent seven-fight Bellator run. However, the 27-year-old now looks for his third win in four fights.
Also slated for the prelims is a heavyweight bout between Javy Ayala (10-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA), who’s coming off back-to-back knockouts of Sergei Kharitonov and Roy Boughton, and recent Rizin FF competitor Valentin Moldavsky (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
The latest Bellator 181 card includes:
- Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos
- Kendall Grove vs. John Salter
- Emily Ducote vs. Valerie Letourneau
- Steve Garcia vs. Joe Warren
- Justin Lawrence vs. Treston Thomison
- Andre Fialho vs. A.J. Matthews
- Amanda Bell vs. Alexis Dufresne
- Javy Ayala vs. Valentin Moldavsky