Bellator 239 adds promotional debut of former WSOF title challenger Josh Hill

Josh Hill has his Bellator debut in his sights.

A former WSOF title challenger, Hill (18-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will take on former LFA title challenger Vinicius Zani (11-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the Bellator 239 prelims.

A promotion official informed MMA Junkie of booking and confirmed an additional preliminary card booking between Bobby Lee (11-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Shamil Nikaev (9-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), as well.

In 2013, Hill was featured on β€œThe Ultimate Fighter 18,” where he punched his ticket into the house with a win over Paddy Holohan. Eventually, he was eliminated when he lost a decision to Mike Wooten.

In WSOF, Hill challenged then-champion Marlon Moraes twice – once in December 2015 and another in July 2016. Hill lost both outings, the first by decision and the second by second-round knockout.

Hill has won four out of his last five fights, including a stoppage win over former TKO champion Jesse Arnett in May.

As for Zani, the 32-year-old Brazilian has not competed since LFA 36 in March 2018, when he was finished in 59 seconds by Ricky Simon. The loss snapped a four-fight win streak.

With the additions, the Bellator 239 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Paramount, DAZN, 9 p.m. ET)

Ed Ruth vs. Yaroslav Amosov Brandon Girtz vs. Myles Jury Tyrell Fortune vs. Timothy Johnson Javy Ayala vs. Valentin Moldavsky

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 7 p.m. ET)

Cris Lencioni vs. Salim Mukhidinov Denise Kielholtz vs. Kristina Williams Lucas Brennan vs. Jamese Taylor Adil Benjilany vs. Kevin Croom Chris Gonzalez vs. Aaron McKenzie Christian Edwards vs. Marco Hutch Teejay Britton vs. Gabriel Varga Grant Neal vs. Claude Wilcox Davion Franklin vs. J.W. Kiser Steve Mowry vs. Rudy Schaffroth Gaston Bolanos vs. Solo Hatley Jr. Kyle Crutchmer vs. Scott Futrell Shamil Nikaev vs. Bobby Lee Mark Lemminger vs. Carlo Pedersoli Jr. Shawn Bunch vs. Keith Lee Josh Hill vs. Vinicius Zani Bobby Lee vs. Shamil Nikaev

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