Another landmark event in the history of Irish MMA is upon us and with that in mind, we’ve made up a list of everything you’ll need to know going in.
The event will be headlined by the return of Strabane’s James Gallagher – who will look to extend his current streak of wins to three when he takes on the hotly-tipped English prospect Cal Ellenor.
A matchup of huge proportions will lie below the top-billed offering as Ireland’s Richard Kiely takes on the superstar Michael ‘Venom’ Page and with the addition of several icons of the nation’s scene, there’s every chance that February’s special Bellator event in the Irish capital could be surpassed by the time all is said and done on the night.
Kiely really does have the opportunity to shoot his name into the MMA stratosphere with a win here and while he is the major underdog coming in, he will know that he possesses all of the tools necessary to spring the upset.
The Bellator 227 portion of the event will also feature an appearance from the former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson – who will take on his fellow veteran Myles Jury.
The entire fight-card, as it was made available to the media from Bellator, will read as follows:
Bellator Dublin: Channel 5 and Virgin Media Television live broadcast 10 p.m. BST
Bantamweight Main Event: James Gallagher (9-1) vs. Cal Ellenor (8-2)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Michael “Venom” Page (14-1) vs. Richard Kiely (3-1)
Lightweight Bout: Ryan Scope (11-2) vs. Peter Queally (11-5-1)
Bellator 227: Sky Sports broadcast (2 a.m. BST) and Paramount Network broadcast (9 p.m. ET)
Lightweight Main Event: Benson Henderson (27-8) vs. Myles Jury (17-4)
Lightweight Co-Main Event: Brandon Girtz (16-8) vs. Jon Tuck (10-5)
Catchweight 165lbs Bout: Kiefer Crosbie (6-1) vs. Hugo Pereira (4-2)
Women’s Featherweight Bout: Leah McCourt (2-1) vs. Kerry Hughes (3-4)
Bantamweight Bout: Frans Mlambo (7-4) vs. Dominique Wooding (6-2)
Updated Preliminary Card Live and free on the Bellator app from 4.45 p.m. BST:
Women’s Strawweight Bout: Camila Rivarola (2-1-1) vs. Danni Neilan (Pro Debut)
Featherweight Bout: George Courtney (1-0) vs. Ciaran Clarke (Pro Debut)
Middleweight Bout: Norbert Novenyi Jr. (3-0) vs. Will Fleury (6-1)
Featherweight Bout: Richie Smullen (4-1-1) vs. Sean Tobin (6-3)
Lightweight Bout: Ryan Roddy (7-1-1) vs. Patrik Pietila (11- 7)
Featherweight Bout: Ilias Bulaid (Pro Debut) vs. Vitalic Maiboroda (Pro Debut)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Lee Chadwick (25-14-1) vs. Karl Moore (8-2)
Welterweight Bout: Philip Mulpeter (9-6) vs. Keith McCabe (3-4-1)
Flyweight Bout: Blaine O Driscoll (7-2) vs. Jake Hadley (4-0)
Featherweight Bout: Dylan Logan (3-3) vs. Adam Gustab (4-4)
Welterweight Bout: Ian Coughlan (1-0) vs. Constantin Gnusariev (2-0-1)
What time does it begin at?
The action is set to kick off in the 3Arena at 4:45pm on Friday, September 27.
The main-card will begin at 10pm and will be broadcast live via Channel 5 and Virgin Media.
When/where are the weigh-ins?
The official weigh-ins for the event will take place between 9-11am on Friday morning behind closed doors while the ceremonial weigh-ins will be taking place the day before and are generally free and open to the public.
More details are far as the times, bout-order, and fight-week events will be made available as the event approaches and we will keep you informed as things progress.