With a new four-fight Bellator MMA contract in hand, Dominic Mazzotta (13-2) has a date set for his next fight, as “The Honey Badger” is set to face Josh Sampo (11-5) at Bellator 197 in St. Charles, Missouri.
Mazzotta announced the bout in a FloCombat interview with James Lynch.
The bout will be Mazzotta’s third with the promotion, as he bounced back from a knockout loss against A.J. McKee at Bellator 178 to earn a win over Matt Lozano at Bellator 186 in Pennsylvania in November.
The Pittsburgh area native has recently made some big moves in his life, including getting married in Las Vegas last month and moving to Florida to train at the Hard Knocks 365 gym.
Mazzotta entered Bellator last year as one of the hottest prospects in the sport, riding a nine-fight winning streak with big wins at both featherweight and bantamweight.
Sampo, who hails from Missouri, is a four-time UFC veteran, competing at flyweight and posting a 1-3 record. This will be his first fight since receiving his UFC pink slip in 2015 after three straight losses.
Bellator 197 takes place on April 13 and will be headlined by a lightweight title bout featuring Mazzotta’s teammate Michael Chandler getting a crack to regain the title against Brent Primus.