Paul Redmond is no stranger to the bright lights that come with big fight nights at the 3Arena.
Saturday night will be his third time competing there in two and a half years, having fought twice for Bamma and once for KSW.
Bellator Dublin is now just a matter of hours away and with that in mind, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to everything you’ll need to know ahead of what should be an incredible night for Irish mixed martial arts.
Speaking at the Bellator 217 media day on Thursday, Redmond spoke of his joy at fighting in the Dublin venue once again for what he outlined will be a “great night of fights.”
“It’s always nice to fight in the 3Arena. I’ve fought there already a couple of times for Bamma and once for KSW, this will be a big promotion again. Tough opponent, big card, a great night of fights.”
The event will also be the first Irish card to be shown live on Sky Sports, something that will certainly give a little extra incentive to the main card fighters.
Redmond, although not on the main card this time around, is well used to the exposure that the television coverage brings, explaining that the opportunity is “great for the new Irish fighters”
“I’m not on Sky Sports as it’s only the main card on it but look I’ve fought on Sky Sports before, I’ve done ESPN and UFC on Fox so look in terms of the exposure it’s nothing new for me being on tv and stuff.
“It’s great for the new Irish fighters and it’ll be a first for them so fair play to them.”
The 32-year old’s opponent on Saturday is 15-9-1 Charlie Leary who is coming off the back of a win over Tom Green in his Bellator debut.
So what does Redmond expect from Leary when the two square off at the 3Arena?
“He’s a tough guy with heavy hands. He’s been around a long time so he’s very experienced.
“I think it’s going to be a really technical fight rather than the usual guys going and slugging it out. I think it’s going to be a nice technical fight.”