With a little over a month left to go before local professional MMA fighters Cass Bell and Tyson Miller enter the octagon at Bellator 226, the two now know who they will face.
Bell (3-0-0), undefeated in three professional fights at the SAP in San Jose, where Bellator 226 takes up residence Sep. 7, will face Isiah Rocha in the 135-pound bantamweight division. Rocha won his professional debut against Vladimir Martinez via a first-round ground-and-pound at WFC 102 on April 5. He was 7-0-0 as an amateur entering the fight.
For Bell, who inked his first contract with Bellator on May 31, the fight will be his first as an official member of the Bellator family.
Bell said, unequivocally, he believes he will win the fight and remain undefeated as a professional.
“He’s a quick guy, he has some quick finishes and knockouts. But I believe I will win this one,” Bell said.
Bell added that, frankly, he would have liked to face a fighter “higher up” in terms of both experience and prominence, but said he’ll be focused and ready for his fourth professional go.
In his last bout Bell faced Peter Ishiguro at Bellator 220 on April 27 and handed the then 2-0-0 Ishiguro his first professional loss via a memorable knee to the head in the second round.
Miller, in his professional debut, will face Gavin Hallinan in the 170-pound welterweight division. For Hallinin, Sep. 7 will mark his first professional fight as well.
Miller posted a 3-1-0 record as an amateur while Hallinan was perfect, winning all five of his amateur bouts.
Miller lost his most recent fight to Dupra Goodman via a unanimous decision at Dragon House 32 on June 15.
Miller said he is focused on proving he belongs among the professional MMA ranks.
“I have a chip on my shoulder; I want to show I belong here,” he said. “Cass has done that. He’s shown you he can be a kid from Humboldt County and remain here, and still do it on the professional level. That’s what I want to do. I’m ready to go for 15 minutes and do whatever it takes to get the (win).”
Bell and Miller both fight out of the Institute of Combat in Arcata, Ca.