Bellator USO Salute to the Troops: Barnett vs. Markes Live Stream On 20 December
Bellator USO Salute to the Troops: Barnett vs. Markes is an upcoming event for Bellator MMA that will take place on December 20, 2019 at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event will feature a heavyweight bout between the former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett and UFC veteran Ronny Markes.
The two-night, two-event presentation at Honolulu’s Neal S. Blaisdell Arena from Bellator MMA kicks off with Bellator 235: Bellator Salute, featuring the promotional debut of Josh Barnett, as he takes on Ronny Markes in the main event.
This fight will be the first in over three years for Barnett, a former UFC heavyweight and Pancrase openweight champion and alumnus of other organizations like PRIDE, Strikeforce and Affliction.
Barnett last competed at UFC Hamburg in September 2016, where he defeated Andrei Arlovski via third-round submission, earning both a performance bonus and Fight of the Night bonus in the process. In December 2016, it was reported Barnett failed an out-of-competition USADA test, but he was cleared 15 months later after it was determined the failure was the result of a tainted supplement.
Due to issues with USADA, Barnett requested, and was granted, his release from the UFC. He signed with Bellator in April.
This bout also marks the Bellator debut of Markes. Markes competed in the UFC five times between 2011 and 2014, debuting as an 11-1 fighter and winning his first three before losing to Yoel Romero and Thiago Santos. The latter loss saw Markes miss weight by four pounds and get finished in less than a minute, consequently resulting in his release.
Markes has gone 4-4 since his UFC release, and recently had a stint in the PFL, losing both of his 2018 fights and missing weight for both of his scheduled 2019 bouts.
View the full fight card, start time and channel guide here.
Bellator and the USO Present: Salute the Troops Main Card:
Paramount Network & DAZN, 10 p.m. ET
- Josh Barnett vs. Ronny Markes
- Toby Misech vs. Erik Perez
- Alejandra Lara vs. Veta Artega
- Tywan Claxton vs. Braydon Akeo
- Joey Davis vs. Chris Cisneros
Preliminary Card (DAZN, Bellator.com & the Bellator Mobile App, 8:45 p.m. ET)
- Cass Bell vs. Pierre Daguzan
- Ty Gwerder vs. Joseph Creer
- Hunter Ewald vs. Brysen Bolohao
Bellator Hawaii takes place on Friday and Saturday night with Bellator Salute on Friday and Bellator 236 on Saturday. Both air live from the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, HI. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all the live results and highlights.