April 06, 2018
Officials have also confirmed the co-headliner: Lena Ovchynnikova(12-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) vs. Denise Kielholtz (1-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in a flyweight matchup.
Bellator 196, which will also feature kickboxing bouts, takes place April 6 at Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, and the main card airs on Paramount via same-day delay.
Ovchynnikova, a 30-year-old Ukrainian kickboxer and 12-year pro MMA fighter, looks to mover her Bellator record over .500. After back-to-back wins over Karla Benitez and Helen Harper, she suffered a submission loss to Alejandra Lara at Bellator 190 in her
most recent bout and dropped to 2-2 in the promotion.
She now meets Kielholtz, a kickboxing champ who fights for the second time under the Bellator banner. In her most recent bout, the 28-year-old Dutch fighter picked up her first MMA victory after submitting Jessica Middleton at Bellator 188.