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Sam Oropeza (12-2) will meet Timonthy Woods (8-4) at Global Proving Ground: Fighters Against Dog Fighting on January 17 in a middleweight bout at the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken.
Philadelphia native, Oropeza, recently made a move to the middleweight division after missing the 170 lbs. mark at Bellator 118 on May 1, 2014. Oropeza lost his opportunity to fight Andrey Koreshkov in the Bellator welterweight tournament final.
Oropeza returned to the cage in October where he defeated fellow middleweight, Gary Tapusoa, via first round technical knockout. Oropeza is currently riding a seven fight win streak, last defeated by Giedrius Karavackas via scarf hold arm-lock in 2011.
Oropeza will be fighting outside of the Bellator cage for the first time in three fights when he faces Wood int he GPG main event.
Like Oropeza, Woods recently fought under the Bellator banner. At Bellator 118 he defeated Eugene Fadiora via unanimous decision.
Wood’s victory put him back into the win column after losing a three round split decision to Mike Stewart at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 22. Woods has been unable to collect two consecutive wins since defeating Ronald Stallings via knockout in April 2008.
Woods currently fights of of Temple Hills, Maryland.
Both fighters has proven to favor the striking game. Half of Oropeza’s victory come from TKO/KO. Woods is the owner of four TKO/KO victories.
In the co-main event, light-heavyweight’s Anton Berzin (3-1) and Chad Herrick (11-8). Berzin competed on season 19 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and competed at GPG: Christmas in the Cage, but in a jiu-jitsu match. Herrick is coming off a submission victory over Ryan Scheeper.