Bellator Milan/Bellator 230 preview

Kickboxing MMAHIGHLIGHTED 11.10.2019 19:39h Author:

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The popular Bellator European Series is all set for another evening of quality MMA as Milan plays host tomorrow to the next chapter in the fledgling series. Taking place tomorrow evening at the Allianz Cloud, the fight card will showcase international talent in the world of MMA and will also feature a world title bout as Bellator Kickboxing makes a return for the first time this year.

The fifth instalment of the Bellator European Series is headlined by Dutch legend Melvin Manhoef and Birmingham’s Yannick Bahati. Taking place at light heavyweight, this fight has all the makings of an explosive finale to the Bellator Milan portion of the card. Also featuring will be the second of three Englishmen on the main card as Ashley Reece takes on former Cage Warriors welterweight champion, Stefano Paterno, in the co-main event.

The third Englishman on the main card is Manchester’s Kane Mousah, who will be making his second Bellator appearance after beating Mateusz Piskorz at Bellator Birmingham in May. Tomorrow night he faces late replacement Rafael Macedo who replaces the injured Daniele Scatizzi in this lightweight clash.

Although not officially the main event, Italian MMA fans in attendance tomorrow evening will regard the bout between Italian legend Alessio Sakara and Canaan Grigsby as the people’s main event. The fifteen fight UFC veteran Sakara enters the Bellator cage for the sixth time with all five previous fights also taking place in Italy. Coming into this one on the back of a first-round KO defeat against Kent Kauppinen, Sakara will be looking to get back to winning ways tomorrow night against the American Grigsby.

The Bellator 230 section of the card is headlined by former Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho and Russian Vadim Nemkov  in what also has all the makings of another explosive encounter.

In the co-main event, Dutch kickboxer Hesdy Gerges aims to put his MMA debut defeat behind him as he takes on another kickboxer who has transitioned into MMA in Moldovan Dragos Zubco. Also featuring on the main card is an all Italian rematch as Andrea Fusi and Walter Pugliesi collide again following Fusi’s split decision win at Bellator 211 in December last year.

Two more heavyweights go head to head on the main card as the Russian Kirill Sidelnikov takes on Domingos Barros, the main who handed Hesdy Gerges a defeat on his aforementioned MMA debut.

The evening begins however with Bellator Kickboxing 12 which features eight bouts, including a title fight between Bellator Kickboxing featherweight champion Gabriel Varga and Cristian Faustino.

Bellator 230: Carvalho vs. Nemkov

Light Heavyweight Main Event:
Rafael Carvalho (16-3) vs. Vadim Nemkov (10-2)

Heavyweight Co-Main Event:
Hesdy Gerges (0-1) vs. Dragos Zubco (2-1)

Heavyweight Feature Bout:
Kirill Sidelnikov (11-6) vs. Domingos Barros (6-0)

Welterweight Feature Bout:
Andrea Fusi (8-4) vs. Walter Pugliesi (4-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout:
Nicolo Solli (2-0) vs. Dan Cassell (4-3-1)

Bellator Milan: Manhoef vs. Bahati

Light Heavyweight Main Event:
Melvin Manhoef (31-14-1, 2 NC) vs. Yannick Bahati (9-4, 1 NC)

Welterweight Co-Main Event:
Stefano Paterno (12-3-1) vs. Ashley Reece (8-1)

Lightweight bout:
Kane Mousah (12-2) vs. Rafael Macedo (9-4, 1 NC)

*Light Heavyweight House Main Event:
Alessio Sakara (20-13, 2 NC) vs. Canaan Grigsby (8-7)

* Bout will air after the conclusion of the Bellator Milan main event.

Bellator Kickboxing 12: Varga vs. Faustino

Kickboxing Featherweight World Title Bout:
Gabriel Varga (17-6) vs. Cristian Faustino (31-11-2)

158-lb. Contract Weight Co-Main Event:
Chingiz Allazov (59-3, 1 NC) vs. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee (287-52-4)

132-lb. Contract Weight Feature Bout:
Luca Cecchetti (23-5) vs. Alex Avogadro (46-5-3)

Featherweight Feature Bout:
Kevin Ross (33-11) vs. Shan Cangelosi (34-10-1)

174-lb. Contract Weight Feature Bout:
Yuri Bessmertny (44-20-2) vs. Guiseppe De Domenico (51-9)

110-lb. Contract Weight Feature Bout:
Siliva La Notte (66-17-4) vs. Jade Jorand (Pro Debut)

Featherweight Feature Bout:
Endy Bonat (32-10-1) vs. Kebrom Neguse (33-2-2)

Lightweight Feature Bout:
Giacomo Licheri (7-0) vs. Taras Hnatchuk (11-0-1)

140-lb. Contract Weight Feature Bout:
Luca Mameli (8-2) vs. Pawel Zymansky (15-13-2)