ICYMI: Bellator Dublin main event announced
Bellator recently announced their return to Dublin on Friday 27th September for what will inevitably be another showcase event in the Irish capital. Since the announcement, the first eight fights have been confirmed in the last week including a main event showdown between James Gallagher and Cal Ellenor in the bantamweight division.
James Gallagher returns to Dublin for what will be his eighth fight for Bellator. The SBG Ireland man sent the home crowd home in raptures after his last performance in the city when he saw off Steven Graham in the main event of Bellator 217 earlier this year. Finishing off Graham with a first-round rear naked choke, Gallagher has since scored a unanimous victory over Jermiah Labiano at Bellator London last month to advance to 9-1 as a professional.
Next up for Gallagher will be Cal Ellenor, who will be making his second appearance under the Bellator lights. Ellenor last fought on the inaugural Bellator European Series in Newcastle earlier this year where he scored an impressive first-round submission of Nathan Greyson. Gallagher will no doubt be many peoples favourite for this one, but Cal Ellenor is not to be underestimated. This should make for a very interesting evening for both fighters.
Also announced this week was a lightweight encounter between Ryan Scope and Peter Queally. Scope returns to action following his controversial split decision defeat to Patricky Pitbull at the previously mentioned Bellator Newcastle event back in February this year. Scope was due to make a quick return to the ring against Derek Campos at Bellator Birmingham in May but had to withdraw due to injury.
Standing in Scope’s way in September will be another SBG Ireland man in Peter Queally. Queally made his debut for Bellator at the previous Dublin outing where he came out on the wrong end of a split decision loss to Myles Price. As with Scope, Queally will be looking to make a quick return to the win column in what will be a big test for the Irishman.
Also announced, we see an intriguing clash at light heavyweight between Lee Chadwick and Karl Moore. Chadwick returned to winning ways with a unanimous victory over James Mulheron at Bellator Birmingham in May. This follows his defeat at middleweight to the unstoppable Fabian Edwards via unanimous decision at Bellator Newcastle in February.
In what will be his debut for Bellator, Karl Moore was scheduled to fight Yannick Bahati at Bellator 217 in Dublin but had to withdraw due to injury. Moore will be itching to get back to action having not fought since his quick-fire fifteen second defeat to Mauro Cerilli at Cage Warriors 92 in March last year.
Other confirmed bouts are Frans Mlambo v Dominique Wooding at bantamweight, Philip Mulpeter v Keith McCabe at welterweight, Richie Smullen v Sean Tobin and Dylan Logan v Adam Gustab both at featherweight, Constatin Gnusariev v Ian Coughlan and welterweight and, as announced by the BBC yesterday, a featherweight meeting between Leah McCourt and Kerry Hughes.
Bellator Dublin takes place at the 3Arena on Friday 27th September. Stay tuned for fight announcements which will be released in due course.
Confirmed fights for Bellator Dublin
Bantamweight: James Gallagher (9-1) vs. Cal Ellenor (8-2)
Lightweight: Ryan Scope (11-2) vs. Peter Queally (11-5-1)
Light heavyweight: Lee Chadwick (25-14-1) vs. Karl Moore (8-2)
Bantamweight: Frans Mlambo (7-4) vs. Dominique Wooding (6-2)
Welterweight: Philip Mulpeter (9-6) vs. Keith McCabe (3-4)
Featherweight: Richie Smullen (4-1-1) vs. Sean Tobin (6-3)
Featherweight: Dylan Logan (3-3) vs. Adam Gustab (3-4)
Welterweight: Constatin Gnusariev (1-0-1) vs. Ian Coughlan (1-0)
Featherweight: Leah McCourt (2-1) vs. Kerry Hughes (3-4)