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Bellator Eyeing Phil Davis And Ed Ruth Return To Penn State For MMA Event

by on June 06, 2017 1:55 PM

MMA fighting might be making its way to the Bryce Jordan Center this fall and two former Nittany Lions would be on the card if it does.

First reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Bellator President Scott Coker says that the MMA franchise is currently in talks with Penn State about doing an event that would feature former Nittany Lions Phil Davis and Ed Ruth, both currently on the Bellator roster.

Davis is the current light heavyweight champion following a 17-3 stint with the UFC while Ruth is 3-0 in his early MMA career. Both fighters are Pennsylvania natives with Harrisburg ties.

According to Corker the event would be scheduled during this calendar year. Bellator currently has events scheduled through August 25. Davis is scheduled to fight Ryan Bader on June 24th in a rematch of their UFC fight which Bader won in a split-decision.

Assuming that Davis were to undergo the usual post-fight recovery schedule of a few months, that would likely push any potential card into the winter.

Penn State has not officially commented on the potential event. Bellator fights have traditionally aired live on Spike TV.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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