Yet another Irish fighter has been added to Bellator 187, which takes place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th.
On Tuesday, MMAFighting journalist Peter Carroll confirmed that Paul Redmond is set to compete against Brazil’s Sergio de Jesus Santos at the event, which will be Bellator’s second in the Irish capital. Redmond joins compatriots Brian Moore, Sinead Kavanagh, Decky Dalton, Charlie Ward and John Redmond on the card.
‘Redser’ went 0-2 in the UFC in 2015 and was subsequently released by the promotion. Since his departure, the 31-year-old Dublin lightweight has pieced together a nice 3-1 run, with his only defeat coming via majority decision against fellow former UFC fighter Norman Parke. Redmond’s most recent win came just ten days ago at KSW 40 at the 3Arena, when he pipped Polish veteran Lukasz Chlewicki via split decision. His overall record stands 13-7.
His opponent, De Jesus Santos, sports a far less impressive 4-6 pro ledger, is on a two-fight skid and will be fighting outside his homeland for the very first time.
According to Carroll, Redmond vs. De Jesus Santos is scheduled for a catchweight of 73kg.
Bellator 187 is headlined by a featherweight clash between red-hot prospect A.J. McKee and SBG Ireland’s Brian Moore. Moore’s teammate James Gallagher was originally supposed to feature in the main event, but he withdrew from a bout with Jeremiah Labiano due to a knee injury.
The 22-year-old McKee, who has competed exclusively in Bellator throughout his brief career, is 9-0 as a pro and has already registered three wins this year.
Moore made his Bellator debut last December in Dublin, when he was called upon to face the vastly more experienced Daniel Weichel in place of the injured Paul Redmond. He was submitted in the first round that night but rebounded to score a TKO win over Michal Horejsi at Bellator 177 in Budapest in April, moving his pro record to 10-5.
Further down the card, SBG’s Sinead Kavanagh looks to get her career back on track after consecutive defeats when she faces Maria Casanova, former UFC competitor Charlie Ward takes on countryman John Redmond and Northern Irishman Decky Dalton takes his Bellator bow against Andre Goncalves.
In the only bout that doesn’t feature an Irish fighter, Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson Jr. takes on fellow American Fred Freeman.
Bellator 187 will also be supported by a full BAMMA show – BAMMA 32. That card also features a host of Irish fighters, including SBG Ireland’s Richard Kiely, Richie Smullen, Blaine O’Driscoll, and Dylan Tuke, as well as SBG Charlestown’s Ryan Curtis and Next Generation’s Andy Young.