Ahead of Scott Coker and co’s return to the English capital tonight, here’s everything you need to know about Bellator London.
And it’s a pretty decent card, all things considered.
Bellator’s recent emphasis on their European circuit has seen them dip their toe into the continent’s pool of talented up-and-comers to ensure that their roster can support their increased presence on this side of the pond.
So with an eye on their return tonight, here’s everything you need to know about Bellator 223.
Who is headlining?
The headliner will see Gegard Mousasi make the second defense of his middleweight title against the famed grappler-turned-unbeaten MMA fighter, Rafael Lovato Jr.
We gave our thoughts on the fight and how it will play out here.
Where is it?
Bellator 223 will take place in the SSE Arena in Wembley, London.
What time does it start?
The 19-fight card will kick off at around 5pm this evening, while the main-card action will get underway at 10pm.
Where can I watch?
English viewers will be able to tune into the split broadcast on Channel Five and Sky Sports while those watching from Ireland will do so on Virgin Media Sport.
The prelims are available to watch on the Bellator app.
It’s always good to see the next wave of Irish talent fighting close to home and thankfully, there’s a decent lineup of Irish fighters to be found on the card.
Of course, James Gallagher will make his return to the cage following his impressive victory over Steven Graham at Bellator Dublin – he will take on Jeremiah Labiano on the night’s main-card.
Charlie Ward will look to move to a perfect 4-0 in Bellator and follow-up his thunderous knockout of Jamie Stephenson in February with a matchup against Justin Moore.
SBG Ireland standout Frans Mlambo makes his promotional debut against the former BAMMA champion Nathan Greyson and the fan-favourite John Redmond joins Keith McCabe in the pair of opening matchups to kick things off.
Any other standout fights?
He might have lost his Bellator debut back in February, but make no mistake, the former two-weight BAMMA champ Terry Brazier is very much still a promising talent who will feature on tonight’s show.
Icons like Melvin Manhoef, Paul Daley, and Erick Silva are always guaranteed to bring the electricity and with incredibly-talented up-and-comers like Fabian Edwards and Mike Shipman joining them, there’ll be a bit of everything for those looking for a solid night of fights.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena