Claxton, originally from Ohio, now lives and trains in Florida with the famed Blackzilians team. He signed with Bellator in August and immediately called out highly hyped prospect Aaron Pico for a fight. The former Division II All-American wrestler also competed at Ohio University, and then made a transition to mixed martial arts. He made quite the impact as an amateur, winning his first two fights in Ohio before moving to the Sunshine State and winning five more bouts there.
Claxton will take on one-time Bellator veteran Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman (1-0), who competes for the first time since picking up a win in his lone pro bout at Bellator 125 more than three years ago.
Fremd comes in from Western Pennsylvania where he has competed as an amateur; he made a successful pro debut in July, topping Warren Roberds via TKO in the first round at IT Fight Series 74 in Ohio.
Fremd will take on Massachusetts native Mike Diorio (1-0) in a middleweight bout.
Bellator 186 takes place on Nov. 3 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA. The main card will air on Spike TV with prelims airing online.
Main Card (Spike TV, 9pm):
Ryan Bader (c) vs. Linton Vassell – Light Heavyweight Title
Emily Ducote vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane – Flyweight Title
Ed Ruth vs. Chris Dempsey
Phil Davis vs. Leo Leite
Zach Freeman vs. Saad Awad
Preliminary Card (7pm):
Tywan Claxton vs. Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman
Dominic Mazzotta vs. Matt Lozano
Mike Putnam vs. Scott Clymer
Ethan Goss vs. Andrew Salas
Francis Healy vs. Frankie Buenafuente
Mike Wilkins vs. Brett Martinez
Logan Storley vs. Matt Secor
Joshua Fremd vs. Mike Diorio
*subject to change