Bellator MMA returns this weekend with an Irish-heavy fight card at Bellator 275 with a middleweight title fight main event when champion Gegard Mousasi faces undefeated challenger, Austin Vanderford. Earlier this week the card suffered a loss when it was announced Peter Queally was forced to withdraw from his fight against Kane Mousah due to injury, but Leah McCourt vs Sinead Kavanagh would be bumped to the co-main event slot.
With the lineup finalized, Mike Pendleton and Andy Stevenson of both MyMMANews and Severe MMA sat down for a preview show podcast to talk all things Bellator 275. The guys have an extended conversation about the co-main event feature between McCourt and Kavanagh, which is being described as one of the biggest fights in Irish MMA history, and undoubtedly the biggest female Irish MMA fight of all time.
In 2021 at Bellator 270, the standard was set for how fight crowds should be when the promotion featured Queally in a lightweight title fight in Dublin, Ireland. Reflecting back on the night of Bellator 270, which was heralded as one of the best nights in combat sports of 2021, Andy Stevenson mentions how the atmosphere should be similar going into Bellator 275 on Friday night.
Watch the video above to hear Andy Stevenson give an in-depth look at all the Irish fighters on the Bellator 275 card, discuss his media career, and how the Irish MMA scene has changed over the years, especially on the female side which started it off with Aisling Daly and now has the likes of Kavanagh and McCourt in a co-main event.
Bellator 275 takes place on Friday, February 25 with a special start time at 1PM EST, here’s how the card is currently set.
- Gegard Mousasi vs Austin Vanderford (middleweight title)
- #4 Leah McCourt vs #5 Sinead Kavanagh
- Ciaran Clarke vs Abou Tounkara
- Khasan Magomedsharipov vs Jose Sanchez
- Brian Moore vs Jornel Lugo
- Brett Johns vs Khurshed Kakhorov
- Charlie Leary vs Davy Gallon
- Danni McCormack vs Stephanie Page
- Darragh Kelly vs Junior Morgan
- Gokhan Saricam vs Kirill Sidelnikov
- Nathan Kelly vs Scott Pedersen
- Lee Hammond vs Jamie Hay
Mike Pendleton is a current contributor to MyMMANews while also hosting his “On The Mic” podcast and is a former Associate Producer at Sirius XM’s Fight Nation.
With a special passion for interviewing and talking to the very best around the fight game, you can read or listen to Mike’s work across his multiple outlets.
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