Our third featured fighter ahead of Bellator Dublin is a man who well and truly exemplifies Ireland’s growing reputation for producing precise and technically fluid strikers, the Face Of Bellator himself, Richard Kiely.
The idea here is to shine a spotlight on some of the Irish athletes competing in the 3Arena on February 23 – giving you a quick glimpse into a particular highlight from their career.
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The type of striking dynamism that Richard Kiely brought with him to his still-relatively young career in MMA is the product of a strong and extensive base in kickboxing.
And it shows. There’s a certain level of calm to be seen in Kiely during his exchanges in the standup, with his loose stance allowing him to spring traps using an impeccable mixture of high-level timing, speed, and footwork.
At this stage, I think it’s fair to say that we just really need to see him in action once again. Thankfully, we’re not too far off now.
Richard actually spoke to us here at Pundit Arena in August about his absence from the cage and the self-imposed state of semi-retirement he entered following his last outing in November of 2017.
That piece, which was featured as the fourth entry to the series Exploring Irish MMA, can be read here.
On February 23, Kiely will make his return to the 3Arena, Dublin for a showdown with Mickael Bucher – a bout that will mark his first outing as a Bellator athlete.
For those who have yet to witness Kiely’s artistry inside the cage, his 2017 victory over Daniel Olejniczak is the perfect example of ‘The Face Of Bellator’ at his most confident and clinical.
It was a performance and eventually a finish that put BAMMA’s roster on notice – one that no doubt paved the way for the welterweight title shot that followed.
Links to the previous entries to this series can be found below:
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena