Leading mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA today revealed several new, exciting bouts for its return to 3Arena on Saturday, February 22, 2020, including a women’s featherweight match-up on the main card and a number of preliminary card clashes.
Leah “The Curse” McCourt (3-1) faces German opponent, Judith Ruis (6-4). The two will face each other at women’s featherweight in a bout which brings further star power to a fight card bristling with homegrown and international talent.
Bellator have also announced a raft of featherweight bouts for the preliminary card, with four 145lb match-ups set to get the Irish fans on their feet in the first 2020 Bellator European Series event.
Leading the featherweight charge is hometown fighter Dylan Logan (4-3), who welcomes Northampton’s Tom Mearns (6-3) in a mouth-watering Anglo-Irish clash. Logan enjoyed submission victories in both Bellator Dublin events in 2019, defeating Andrew Murphy and Adam Gustab in the first and second round respectively. Mearns has fought twice for Bellator, both times in London, most recently losing out by unanimous decision to Jeremy Petley last month.
Returning to the scene of their promotional and professional debuts are SBG product Ciaran Clarke (1-0), who goes up against the identically-matched Jamie Faulding (1-0), and Morocco’s Ilias Bulaid (1-0), who fights Diego Freitas (Pro Debut) of Portugal. Clarke and Bulaid both fought on Bellator’s most recent visit to Dublin, defeating George Courtney and Vitalic Maiboroda with third and first-round finishes respectively.
Making their professional debuts are Asael Adjoudj and Team Ryano’s Constantin Blanita, who step into the Bellator cage for the first time in a distinctly European Franco-Irish bout.
Further bout announcements are expected in the coming weeks.
Bellator Dublin Fight Card:
Welterweight bout: Aaron Chalmers (5-1) vs. Austin Clem (3-1)
Women’s featherweight bout: Leah McCourt (3-1) vs. Judith Ruis (6-4)
Preliminary Fight Card:
Welterweight bout: Oliver Enkamp (8-2) vs. Lewis Long (17-5)
Lightweight bout: Philip Mulpeter (10-6) vs. Daniel Crawford (10-3)
Lightweight bout: Ryan Roddy (8-1-1) vs. Chris Duncan (5-0)
Light heavyweight bout: Karl Moore (9-2) vs. Arunas Andriuskevicus (15-4)
Middleweight bout: Will Fleury (6-2) vs. Justin Moore (9-4)
Women’s strawweight bout: Danni Neilan (1-0) vs. Chiara Penco (4-1)
Flyweight bout: Blaine O’Driscoll (7-3) vs. Ezzoubair Bouarsa (7-1)
Featherweight bout: Richie Smullen (5-1-1) vs. Ranjeet Baria (3-1)
Featherweight bout: Dylan Logan (4-3) vs. Tom Mearns (6-3)
Featherweight bout: Ciaran Clarke (1-0) vs. Jamie Faulding (1-0)
Featherweight bout: Ilias Bulaid (1-0) vs. Diego Freitas (Pro Debut)
Featherweight bout: Asael Adjoudj (Pro Debut) vs. Constantin Blanita (Pro Debut)
*Card subject to change.
Sat 22nd February 2020