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.
When is it on?
Bellator Dublin will take place today, Friday, September 27.
Where is it on?
The 3Arena, N Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1, Ireland
The event will be headlined by the return of Strabane’s James Gallagher, who was originally set to face English prospect Cal Ellenor before his opponent was forced to withdraw from the contest. As a result, The Strabanimal will take on the former UFC bantamweight, Roman Salazar.
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. Roman Salazar
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)
Catchweight 165lbs Bout: Kiefer Crosbie (6-1) vs. Hugo Pereira (4-2)
Middleweight Bout: Norbert Novenyi Jr. (3-0) vs. Will Fleury (6-1)
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)
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, live and free on the Bellator app.
The main-card will begin at 10pm and will be broadcast live via Channel 5 and Virgin Media.