Bellator MMA returns to Tell Aviv, Israel for this week’s “Bellator 188” event, one of the most exciting fights on the card is no doubt the women’s featherweight bout between hometown favorite Olga Rubin and professional newcomer Joana Filipa.
Rubin (3-0) is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the 145-pound division, currently undefeated with two first-round knockout victories to her record. The 28-year-old, who trains out of Pariente Academy, was born in Moscow, Russia, but now resides in Tell Aviv, Israel. She made her professional MMA debut at the Bellator 164 event in November 2016, knocking out Laurita Likker-Cibirite in the very first round. She made her follow-up appearance at the Desert Combat Challenge 6 event this past April, again earning herself a first-round knockout victory over Carmel Ben Shoshan. In her most recent showing at KNO World Tour 1 she dominated Tetyana Voznyuk for the unanimous decision win. A victory at Bellator 188 could earn Rubin a full-time contract with the prestigious organization, as well as a crack at one of the top-ten ranked female featherweight fighters in the world.
Her opponent, Joana Filipa, fights out of Lisbon, Portugal and will be making her professional mixed martial arts debut. She is a southpaw striker who will be looking to make a statement by taking out a highly-touted contender.
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Bellator 188 takes place this Thursday November 16 from the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel at 2pm EST. The preliminary card featuring Olga Rubin will air on tape delay via Spike.com from 7pm EST on Friday November 17.