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Davis-Lawal, Chandler-Thomson slated for Bellator 154

Two top-of-the-card matchups featuring former college wrestlers have been announced for Bellator 154 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on May 14.

Phil Davis
Phil Davis will face Muhammed Lawal in a light-heavyweight bout, while, in the co-main event, former lightweight champion Michael Chandler will take on Josh Thomson.

Davis, a four-time All-American and 2008 NCAA 197-pound champ for Penn State, had signed with Bellator in 2015 after competing for Ultimate Fighting Championships. The former Nittany Lion brings a 15-3-1 overall record to Bellator 154. Lawal, a 2002 NCAA Division II champ at University of Central Oklahoma who then earned NCAA Division I All-American honors at Oklahoma State at 197 in 2003, is now 19-4 in MMA competition.

Both Davis and Lawal had been participants at Bellator's Dynamite 1 one-night tournament back in September, and, in fact were slated to face each other in the finals, but Lawal was unable to compete because of an injury sustained in an earlier match at that event.

Chandler was an NCAA Division I All-American for the University of Missouri, while Thomson wrestled at North Idaho Community College. The former Mizzou matman, who had been a Bellator champ at 155 pounds before losing the title in November 2013, is now 14-3 in MMA. Thomson, a former Strikeforce champion, is 22-8 overall.

Bellator 154 will air live on SPIKE TV.

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