Phil Davis vs. “King Mo” Lawal, Josh Thomson vs. Michael Chandler set for Bellator event in San Jose on May 14

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Bellator may be going head to head against a UFC pay-per-view, as the organization announced on Friday night that they’re bringing Bellator 154 to the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on May 14, headlined by a light heavyweight contender bout between Phil Davis and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

Additionally, the event will feature the expected lightweight matchup between Josh Thomson and Michael Chandler. That date is expected to play host to UFC 198 from Brazil, though that hasn’t yet been officially announced.

Davis entered Bellator last September after the UFC passed on re-signing him, and he won two fights in a one-night tournament in his debut. He was supposed to meet Lawal in that final, but an injury took Lawal out of that finals bout. Lawal then won three fights over three days in Japan for Rizin Fighting Federation in December to win their inaugural heavyweight grand prix.

Thomson entered Bellator after fighting out his contract with the UFC as well, and bounced back from several defeats with consecutive finishes over Mike Bronzoulis and Pablo Villaseca in 2015. He’ll now meet former Bellator Champ Chandler, who has won two straight himself after his own three-fight losing streak, that coming all in title fights against Eddie Alvarez and twice to Will Brooks.

The May 14 event will be one of Bellator’s “tent pole” cards, and will air live on Spike.

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