Over the last couple of weeks, Bellator MMA has been putting together the fight card for their return to Dublin.
As of now, it appears that Benson Henderson and Peter Queally are expected to headline the Bellator Dublin event, as Yoel Romero and Melvin Manhoef are set to square off in the co-main event.
Henderson (29-11-0) is coming off of a major upset win over Islam Mamedov back in late January. After speculation on his return to the Bellator cage, it was announced that his next opponent would be SBG Ireland alumn, Queally.
Queally (13-6-1) faced off with Patricky Pitbull in his last two bouts, ultimately going 1-1 with the lightweight champion. Now, come September, Queally will look to get back in the win column in front of his home crowd.
In the co-main event, former UFC middleweight title challenger, Romero, will square off with former kickboxing champion Manhoef.
Romero (14-6-0) is coming off of a highlight-reel knockout victory over Alex Polizzi just a few weeks ago, while Manhoef is returning for the first time since his loss to Corey Anderson two years ago.
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A few notable mentions for the Bellator Dublin event are the recent additions of James Gallagher vs. Brett Johns and Mads Burnell vs. Pedro Carvalho.
Gallagher (11-2-0) will look to get back in the win column following his loss to Patchy Mix back in November of 2011. Sitting at #7 in the bantamweight division, he will also look to hold onto that spot as he takes on Welsh star, Johns.
Johns (18-3-0) spent four years under the UFC banner before making the move to Bellator. Since then, he has gone 1-1, winning his most recent outing over Khurshed Kakhorov by third-round stoppage. For Johns, his September bout with Gallagher will be an opportunity to prove himself to be one of the best in the Bellator bantamweight division.
Also on the card will be a top 10 featherweight showdown between Pedro Carvalho and Mads Burnell.
Carvalho (12-6-0) is ranked just out of the top 5 of the division at #6. Since joining the promotion back in 2018, he has gone 5-3 under the Bellator banner. During that time he has collected wins over the likes of Sam Sicilia, Derek Campos, and Daniel Weichel. In his most recent outing, he suffered a split decision loss to Piotr Niedzielski at Bellator 280.
Sitting at #3 in the featherweight rankings, Burnell (16-4-0) is also coming off of a loss. His most recent showing came at Bellator 276, where he lost a decision to Adam Borics. Prior to that, however, Burnell was on a seven-fight win streak with wins over Darko Banovic, Saul Rogers, and Emmanuel Sanchez.
Come September, it will be #6 vs. #3, as they both look to get back in the win column and move towards the featherweight world title.
No.3️⃣ vs. No.6️⃣
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Bellator Dublin takes place at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland on September 23rd. As of now, there are 11 scheduled bouts for the event.
Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally – 155 lbs
Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef – 205 lbs
James Gallagher vs. Brett Johns – 135 lbs
Mads Burnell vs. Pedro Carvalho – 145 lbs
Leah McCourt vs. Dayana Silva – 145 lbs
Ciaran Clarke vs. Georges Sasu – 145 lbs
Brian Moore vs. Arivaldo Lima de Silva – 135 lbs
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kane Mousah – 155 lbs
Darragh Kelly vs. Kye Stevens – 155 lbs
Alex Bodnar vs. Kenny Mokhonoana – 145 lbs
Asael Adjoudj vs. Adam Gustab – 145 lbs
What do you make of the card thus far?
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.