A bantamweight bout is the first addition to Bellator 278.

The first leg of a back-to-back night stint in Honolulu will feature a three-round fight between Cee Jay Hamilton (15-9 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and Jared Scoggins (10-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

The event takes place Friday, April 22 at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. The main card airs on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.

Two people with knowledge of the booking recently informed MMA Junkie of the booking but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

Hamilton, 35, seeks his first promotional victory in his third attempt. After he signed a multifight deal with Bellator in early 2021, Hamilton lost his debut via submission to contender Magomed Magomedov. He fought his second promotional outing in July 2021, a TKO loss to Matheus Mattos.

Scoggins, 27, looks to rebound from his first inside-the-distance defeat. After three canceled debuts, Scoggins was knocked out violently by Josh Hill at Bellator 272 in December.


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