Rafael Carvalho to defend title vs. Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 176

Bellator MMA middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho will defend his title against Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 176 on April 8 in Torino, Italy.

Officials announced the 185-pound title fight on Monday. The televised event will take place inside the Pala Alpitour arena.

The championship bout is an immediate rematch of a five-round fight from May 2016. Carvalho won a narrow split decision in Boise, Idaho.

Carvalho (13-1) has not suffered a loss since his professional debut in December 2011. He will be seeking his second title defense.

Manhoef (30-13-1) is a former professional kickboxing champion, with 28 career knockouts in MMA.