Jordan Watson will travel to Italy to take on Giorgio Petrosyan on December 10, in what will be the Bellator Kickboxing debuts for both fighters at, the Mandela Forum in Florence. Also, featuring on Bellator Kickboxing Florence at Bellator 168 will be: Kevin Ross, Joe Schilling, Denise Kielholtz and Karim Ghajji; in what is a deliberate attempt by Bellator, to engage in a TV audience battle with, GLORY Collision: Rico vs Badr on the same date too.
“The Doctor” has been on a six fight win streak since being shockingly knocked out by Andy Ristie at GLORY 12 in November 2013 including, a year off in 2014 to recover from reported hand surgery due to past injuries. The Armenian-Italian is widely considered to be the world’s number one, pond-for-pound, kicboxer and the best defensive fighter too, under both K1 and Thai rules.
“Quadzilla”is recently coming off a decision win against Ben Hodge at Yokkao 20 and is on a winning streak of five fights since his TKO defeat to, Sanny Dhalbeck at Yokkao 12 but gained revenge at Yokkao 18 to reclaim his 70kg Yokkao championship too.
However, due to the extensive list of honours that Petrosyan has accumulated over the last 12 years including, winning the K-1 World Max Tournament (on two separate occasions) and the GLORY 70kg Slam Tournament, Watson isn’t considered to be the favourite against Petrosyan.