Tywan Claxton (Photo/Bellator)
Former college wrestler Tywan Claxton has been added to the Bellator 204 main card, the promotion announced this week.
Claxton, who earned NCAA Division II All-American honors at King University in Tennessee before transferring to Ohio University where he was a two-time NCAA Division I championships qualifier, will face Cris Williams in a featherweight (145-pound) bout in the first-ever Bellator event in South Dakota, at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls on Friday, Aug. 17.
The 25-year-old Claxton is 2-0 in his pro MMA career that began with a "flying knee knockout" at Bellator 186 last November that generated considerable social media buzz ... followed by a TKO at Bellator 194 in February.
Williams, 24, brings a 4-1 overall record -- and 1-1 in Bellator action -- to his fight with Claxton, suffering his first career loss, a unanimous decision at the hands of Daniel Carey at Bellator 195 in March.
Claxton will join fellow former college mat stars Darrion Caldwell and Logan Storley who were announced for Bellator 204 in late June.
Caldwell, current Bellator bantamweight (135-pound) champion with a 12-1-0 record, will move up a weight class to featherweight (145) in a non-title but top-of-the-card bout vs. Noad Lahat who is 12-3-0. Prior to launching his pro MMA career, Caldwell wrestled for North Carolina State, where he won the 149-pound title by upsetting Iowa's Brent Metcalf at the 2009 NCAAs.
Storley, a four-time NCAA All-American at University of Minnesota with an 8-0 MMA record, will take on A.J. Matthews, who brings a 9-7-0 mark to the Bellator 204 match.