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Bellator Dublin Preview: A Brief Look At Sam Slater

The fourth fighter to be featured as part our ongoing preview of Bellator Dublin next weekend is a prospect who fights like a man with ten-times his experience, unbeaten SBG standout, Sam Slater.

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.

Pundit Arena MMA will act as your go-to for exclusive interviews, features, and every last piece of info you’ll need to get you set for the biggest night of the year for Irish mixed martial arts.

Ok, to say Slater is inexperienced is only true when you look at his two pro-fights. But in reality, with a pair of appearances at the IMMAF’s as only a small part of his extensive run on the amateur circuit, the manner in which this 24-year-old handles himself inside the cage shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

Most fighters who are 2-0 simply don’t bring a skillset as well-rounded as this guy does and I would bet anything that none of them have had their praises sung by both Coach John Kavanagh and MMA icon Bas Rutten on the same day.

Slater, from what I’ve seen so far, is a surprisingly intelligent and cerebral fighter in the most chaotic of moments – one who boasts superb striking technique that is bolstered by the several submission victories that are to be found on both his professional and amateur record.

He will look to earn a win in his Bellator debut by taking out Chris Duncan on February 23 in a matchup that will tell us a lot about his ability, not only to compete in one of the world’s biggest promotions, but also about his composure in what promises to be a sell-out event and a monumental night for the sport in this country.

His BAMMA 35 victory over Jeanderson Castro in his pro-debut saw him well and truly jumping into the deep-end for a matchup against a five-fight veteran. A commendable and unignorable point made on the back of his clear confidence in his abilities.

When the time came to actually fight, Slater was able to come through with a dominant display that saw him utilize each facet of his MMA arsenal before locking in a rear-naked choke to finish in round two.

Links to the previous entries to this series can be found below:

Kiefer Crosbie – 170lbs 

Will Fleury – 185lbs

Richard Kiely – 170lbs

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]