LOS ANGELES –
Bellator's first event of 2020 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. takes place Friday, February 21 and will be headlined by an exciting matchup featuring a battle of surging welterweight contenders, as three-time NCAA wrestling national champion Ed Ruth
(8-1) takes on undefeated Ukrainian standout, Yaroslav Amosov
(22-0). The co-main event will see the heavy-handed Brandon Girtz
(16-8) face off against Myles Jury
(17-5) in a clash of lightweights looking to cement their status in the 155-pound title picture.
The event will be broadcast live on Paramount Network Friday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, and simulcast on DAZN.com, while preliminary action will stream on DAZN.com
and globally on the Bellator Mobile App
Tickets for Bellator 239: Ruth vs. Amosov
go on sale this Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. CT and can be purchased at the WinStar World Casino and Resort box office, as well as through Ticketmaster and Bellator.com. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Coming off of a gritty victory over Jason Jackson
at Bellator 231
last October, the 29-year-old Ruth will enter the Bellator cage for the 10th time in his four-year professional career on Feb. 21 in search of his ninth promotional win. With six finishes his first nine contests, the Penn State University wrestling-standout will look to continue his impressive run through Bellator's 170-pound class in a marquee matchup with Amosov. Signed by Bellator in 2015, "EZ" entered the promotion following a three-year NCAA Division I national champion
ship run and has since racked up additional career victories against UFC veterans Kiichi Kunimoto
and Chris Dempsey.
Entering the Bellator cage for the fourth time, Bellator 239
will mark the first main event of Amosov's run with the promotion. Undefeated since turning pro in 2012, the undefeated Ukrainian athlete has defeated Erick Silva
, Gerald Harris and David Rickels
en route to his upcoming matchup with Ruth. Nicknamed "Dynamo," the 26-year-old served as the alternate in 2019's Welterweight World Grand Prix, but now has his sights firmly set on a shot at Douglas Lima's
newly won championship belt.
On the heels of his victory in a 2019 "Fight of the Year" candidate against Saad Awad
, Girtz returns to action in a familiar venue, having competed at WinStar four times prior. With career wins against Awad, Derek Campos
and Melvin Guillard, a victory at Bellator 239
over Jury would arguably be the most notable win of the Minnesota-native's nearly 11-year MMA resume. Rarely without his canine companion, Vicii, during fight week, Girtz currently trains alongside fellow Bellator competitor Grant Neal
at Genesis Training Academy in Arvada, Colo.
Hailing from Hazel Park, Mich., Jury will be making his second appearance for Bellator after facing Benson Henderson
in his debut. A veteran of the UFC, the 31-year-old has been a mainstay of the 155-pound division – the weight class where "Fury" saw most of his early success, including a remarkable 15-fight winning streak to begin his career. With 13 career finishes and key victories over the likes of Diego Sanchez, Michael Johnson and Takanori Gomi, the Alliance MMA-product is one to watch in Bellator's lightweight division. Updated Bellator 239: Ruth vs. Amosov Fight Card:Welterweight Main Event: Ed Ruth
(8-1) vs. Yaroslav Amosov
(22-0)Lightweight Co-Main Event: Brandon Girtz
(16-8) vs. Myles Jury
*Card subject to change
Please visit Bellator.com
for more information.
*** About Bellator:
Bellator is a leading global mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on both Paramount Network and DAZN, the world's first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms. About WinStar World Casino and Resort:
With more games than any other casino in the world, WinStar World Casino and Resort offers more than 8,400 electronic games, 100 table games – including craps and roulette games, 55 poker tables, two 18-hole championship golf courses, and the 3,500-seat Global Event Center and the nearly 1,400-room WinStar World Casino Hotel. Located just north of the Oklahoma/Texas border along Interstate 35, WinStar World Casino and Resort presents unrivaled gaming action 24 hours a day, seven days a week, world-class entertainers and a wide range of restaurants. For more information, go to WinStar.com or follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WinStarWorldCasino
. About Paramount Network:
Paramount Network is a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today's brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal. About DAZN:
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming platform in the world. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded across four continents with the app currently available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The platform features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device - including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features live MLB action each day of the season with its new daily show, ChangeUp. The much-anticipated daily program The Pat McAfee Show launched in September.