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Bellator Dublin Preview: A Brief Look At Will Fleury

Our second featured fighter ahead of next weekend’s Bellator Dublin is the long, rangy middleweight from Cahir, Tipperary, Will ‘F*ckin’ Fleury.

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.

Bringing his ‘raw b*stard’ philosophy with him to the cage each and every time he competes, it was no surprise to those in-the-know when Will was signed picked up by Scott Coker to fight under the Bellator banner last year.

And while his debut saw him lose out against a tough finisher in the form of Alen Amedovski (8-0), if there has been one constant through this SBG middleweight’s career – it has been his ability to ball up and deal with whatever setbacks come his way.

The story of Fleury’s rise before eventually being snapped up by Bellator is worth an entire full-length read of its own. Thankfully, we ran a feature on his journey last July which can be read here and trust us, it is well worth your time.

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Ahead of his matchup with the hotly-tipped Shaun Taylor (8-1) of Kilmarnock, Scotland on the Bellator Dublin prelims, have a look at one of Fleury’s most-polished wins, an outing under the EFC banner in South Africa.

To be fair to his opponent Gordan Roodman, despite being completely dominated from the get-go, he managed to fight through several moments that could well have seen the fight called.

All in all, though, this was a fight that displayed Will at his fluid, but devastating best as he showed us several different sides to his game before closing the show with a picture-perfect right-hand that set-up the finishing sequence in the second.

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

Kiefer Crosbie – 170lbs 

Richard Kiely – 170lbs

Sam Slater – 155lbs

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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